|7 Apr 2003 @ 15:18, by Christopher Puccini|
I've never been much of a political activist but it has always been my conviction that we each have a moral responsibility to keep a watchful eye on those who rely on the ignorance of the masses to secure their ill-gotten gains. With this in mind I pass along the following to you that I recently received from a colleague:
This must be a campaign issue in 2004. Keep it going.
SOCIAL SECURITY: (This is worth the read. It's short and to
Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election
years. Our Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social
Security. Many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.
In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. 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 - 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. These 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 Fund-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 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. WE, each one of us...can make a difference. How many people can YOU send this to?