INDEX - AMERICAN POLITICSwww.islandbreath.org ID# 0407-11
SUBJECT: SOCIAL SECURITY
SOURCE: TRACEY SHAVONE firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Can't We Have That Plan?
17 April 2004 - 1:00pm
Blank Social Security Card: Next the Blank Social Security Check.
Perhaps 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 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 a total of $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars). This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries.
Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives. The 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"!
We can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement from our Social Security Plan. For this privlidge we pay into every payday until we retire and our contribution is matched by our employer.
To equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month !
Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. 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 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.