Yes, of course, the federal government should ensure that our country can make good on its obligations related to mandatory spending and debt service. As much as the GOP wants us to believe, the Social Security Trust Fund is separate from the budgeting for the federal government, including annual military spending, etc. Not only is the trust fund separate, it also has its own revenue stream, paid by our tax dollars. Deceptively, many in Congress--especially the GOP--like to suggest that the trust fund is all part of the federal budgetary pot. The truth is that, as of 2016, the trust fund owned about 15% of federal government debt. This is an investment--not a debit--for the fund. The best thing that Congress should do to ensure the long-term health of the trust fund is to remove the income cap on paying Social Security taxes. The worst thing Congress could do would be to privatize Social Security. Privatizing it would leave the retirement of tens of millions of Americans to the volatility and bubbles of Wall Street--a prescription for monumental INsecurity.