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Mon, Nov. 25th, 2002, 10:11 pm
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Subject: Social Security

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This must be an issue in "04". Keep it going.
SOCIAL SECURITY: (This is worth the read. It's short and to the point.)
Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.
Our Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social Security and,
course, they do not collect from it. Social Security benefits were not
suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society.
They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. Many years ago
they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no
congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great
plan.
For all practical purposes their plan works like this. When they retire,
they continue to draw the same pay that they were making as active senators
or congressmen.
This pay continues until they die, except that
it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments. For
example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect
to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand),
with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their
lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each.
Their cost to them for this excellent plan is $00.00.
Nada.Zilch.
This is a little perk they voted for themselves and it is free to them.
You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine
retirement plan come directly from the General Funds-our tax dollars at
work!
From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid)
into-every payday until we retire (which amount is matched! by our
employer)--we can expect to get an average $1,000 per month after
retirement.
Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000.
monthly benefits for 68 years and one (l) month to equal Senator Bill
Bradley's benefits!
Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.
And that change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from
under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security
plan with the rest of us and then watch how fast they would fix it.

If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted
and maybe good changes will evolve. How many people can YOU send this
to?
Or will you just read this and ignore your rights, saying what good
would it do? That's what most people will do.....NOTHING!

Tue, Nov. 26th, 2002 04:53 am (UTC)
rxrfrx

i think a much better idea would be to

1. reduce congressional salaries to make a lifetime career in politics less enticing. though this is, of course, near-impossible.

2. join a union that will help you get a sweet pension. instead of hating on the congressmen's pensions, hook yourself up with a good job. lots of them have one. it's something to look for when picking a career.

Sun, Dec. 1st, 2002 06:45 pm (UTC)
conculcate

Go ahead and reduce their salaries to zero. They will just make up the difference by sucking more lobbyist cock.

The solution, if you ask me, is to get rid of the social security system entirely. It's a big-ass pyramid scheme whose bottom is bound to fall out pretty soon. I really don't have any expectation of ever collecting a dime from the SSA. It's all about the IRA (individual retirement acct, not Irish republican army).