Politicians on Social Security
by Ricardo E. Johnson Sr.,
(Posted here: Jan 09, 2006)
we are asking the wrong questions during election years.
Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security
and, of course, they do not collect from it.
You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons
of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a
special plan for themselves. So, 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 the retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they
Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living
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 Dollars), with their wives drawing
$275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.
This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two
Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive
much more during the rest of their lives.
Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. 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 of $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 (1) month to equal
Senator! Bill Bradley's benefits!
Social Security could be very good if only one small change were
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 then sit back..... and see how fast they would fix
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?
How many people WILL you send this to?
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