No joke. Social Security is socialism.
Yes Social Security is socialism. It is forced upon all, apparently under the notion, espoused by FDR and friends, that people cannot plan for old age by themselves, so the government (ie other people that do plan for themselves) should step in and do the job instead. And somehow it morphed, from something that applied to the very elderly (for the time), into a long term retirement benefit.
As a perfect example of government gone wild, the program is now upside down in a big way, because it is run by politics, and not sound actuarial methods. The Trust Fund has been raided in a way that would throw private retirement fund managers into jail. A perfect example of how the government involvement in private matters cannot stand the test of time.
And, if I am forced into contributing without a choice, and I have the opportunity to get some of it back, I would be foolish to not get back what was taken from me in the first place.