The problem is there's no longer a “tiny splinter group that believes you can do these things.” From Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan, and many others as well, there was support for Social Security. Not today. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are in considerable jeopardy. The Republican Party, starting in January, plans to, first repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), eviscerate these benefits. No one should count on Trump's campaign rhetoric, because as speaker of the house, Paul Ryan puts it, there's a difference between the public person and private person.