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The Congressional Retirement HOAX

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     We all hate politicians in general.
     And they seem to be their own worst enemy most of the time as well. In the Desk's current state, the Governor has announced a pay freeze on all 'regular state employees' but left the door open for a raise for judges, legislators, and other politician-grade employees. And, of course, on the agenda for this session is a 'modest' pay increase for them. You gotta love it.

But this one... well... add this to the list of those emails that are just too good to be true.


Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 12:47 PM Subject: Social Security What you may not know 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, of 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 until they die, except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.
For example, former 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 for this excellent plan is $00.00. Nada. Zilch. This little perk they voted for themselves 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 $1,000.00 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?

     Yup... it's a HOAX.

     And it's getting a little long in the tooth too. The Desk found one example posted in a forum in 1999 with only slightly different names and numbers.

     Even the crookedest politician has taxes taken from their salary, and part of that is for Social Security. Although Federal Employees have a separate retirement plan, they still pay the SS man. Although Congressmen get all sorts of graft and bribes and gifts and everything else to put toward their retirement, what they get in their paycheck from Uncle Sam is taxed like everybody else's. The tax evasion usually comes before or after their term in DC.

     So file this one away for future reference. You never know, some of our honorable Senators may take it as a plan of action for the future.
     See Information From C-SPAN and the page on SNOPES

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