Interesting information on the debt limit and OMB!
However, I think you are off-base on the FICA tax. Social Security benefits are supposed to be based on the earnings on which you have paid the tax. So, if you are taxed on more earnings, you should be paid more benefits.
Social Security is a bad investment. I have done the calculations on how much I could have accumulated if my taxes had gone into a personal account instead of paid into Al Gore's "Lock Box". The difference is that I could be withdrawing money at twice the rate of my SS benefit and would still have a sizable chunk to pass on to my heirs.
Why the hostility? You know nothing about me. Just for the record, I know what it's like to be Alan's age and I too have done all right. My house is paid for, , my kids are educated and doing well themselves, and I have enough income to live as I like without touching the nest egg. I hope you do as well.
I don't know anyone who as the get old says "you know "I didn't spend enough time working".
Why should Alan leave? He is already 68 years old with more money than he could spend in two lifetimes.
He has proven himself at both Boeing and Ford and should be looking to step back and enjoy the rest of his life. If he leaves at the top of his game, interesting opportunities should pop up from time to time to give him some mental stimulation without all the aggravation of running a mega-corporation.