Then we are in agreement. I never advocated raising the benefit, only the top income cutoff. Also, I'd like to see SS tax extended to CAPITAL GAINS.<quoted text>
No, it wouldn't.
The more they are taxed on, the more they receive in benefits later.
Yes you would get a temporary "surplus" in social security, but as we've seen in the past the Congress would spend every penny of that surplus on wars and then when those who paid more get around to retiring the money won't be there to pay their higher benefits.
It only works if you increase the taxable income, but NOT increase the limit on the current maximum a person can receive when they retire- currently about $2500 per month.
THAT I WOULD support, because it's another way of essentially means testing social security.
When you and I, or 'them' go for SS or medicare, we all get the same benefit, more or less (as you say, about $2500 for SS.) And 'they' will be using doctors who wouldn't dirty their computers with the nickles and dimes that medicare pays.
Senator Pat Moynahan tried his mightiest to create a "lockbox" for SS, but that was to build up a surplus for the next 30 years. After that, the 'WWII Babyboom' crisis will be over, and surplus not necessary.
The people in the second half of the 21st Century will inherit a slight surplus, and can handle their retirement and SS as they see fit in that future.