Let’s be clear what a surplus is. Here is the definition.
an amount of something left over when requirements have been met; an excess of production or supply over demand.”exports of food surpluses”
Anyone who claims the $2.9 trillion in reserves held by the Social Security trust is a surplus is misinformed, ignorant or intentionally trying to mislead you for political purposes. That $2.9 trillion is fully committed to pay benefits between now and 2035 as is the interest on the Treasury bonds in which it is invested.
The $2.9 trillion will not be left over, it is not an excess. Once it is used over the next seventeen years to pay benefits already promised, it’s gone and unless there are changes made, so are the full benefits you are collecting or were promised. Your benefits will be cut by about 25% unless things change.
So, where’s the surplus⁉️