Sometimes we forget that Social Security is supposed to be a personal insurance program to prevent our golden years from being destitute. That is the general perception, and in winning over the minds of conservatives we have to acknowledge that by tamping down our rhetoric a bit and coming up with a platform that solves the problems of Social Security without the appearance of putting undue responsibility on the rich.
So rather than just removing the cap on personal payments towards this fund altogether, we must tread lightly on this one. We can protect Social Security's solvency by raising the cap from $106,000 to $135,000 with two donut holes above that tier. For those making over $2 million a year, apply the standard rate to annual income between $2 million and $2,050,000. For those making $5 million or more, apply the rate to income between $5 million and $5,250,000.
This would make Social Security solvent for generations, and perhaps add to the monthly payments for those who need it.
Some may see this as compromise, but we have to do things with an eye towards diffusing the inevitable cries of "socialists!" by Republican pundits and their rank and file. Although there is little logic among Tea Party zealots, we bring about the change we need by gaining the favor of the quiet, cognizant conservatives throughout our nation. Eventually they will see the difference between their views and the direction of their CORPservative GOP leadership. Our logic and ideas can be something to catch their eyes and mind within the vacuum of that gap between their parent's conservative ideals and the current Republican leadership.
Remember, we don't have to convert all these people to being Democrats. We all are better served if they actively choose to change the Republican Party from within, displacing the banshee cries of the far right and banishing forever the ugliest, most corrupt force within American politics for over a century.