The political left is often naive and the political right is often just stupid. This Senator displays a serious lack of historical knowledge, or knowledge of the structure of Social Security and an even worse understanding of human beings.
“Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a stalwart Senate ally of former President Trump, is facing fresh uncertainty in his race for reelection after telling a podcast last week that Social Security and Medicare should be classified as discretionary spending, with Congress authorized to set their budgets every year.”
Social Security was set up as it is with the express purpose of keeping funding out of the hands of politicians and the budget process. The fact that Congress has failed to assure adequate funding, enacted unfunded benefit changes and ignored the advice of the trustees for decades, amply demonstrates the wisdom of keeping Social Security out of the budget process.