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> Subject: 2004 issue
> >Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and may some day be
> >Social Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting
> >taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the federal government to "put
> >you may be interested in the following:
> > Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it
> >the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
> >A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic-controlled House and Senate.
> >Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security?
> >A: The Democratic party.
> >Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?
> >A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the deciding vote.
> >Q: Which party decided to give money to immigrants?
> >A: That's right, immigrants moved into this country and at 65 got SSI
> >Security. The Democratic Party gave that to them although they never paid
> >dime into it.
> >Then, after doing all this, the Democrats turn around and tell you the
> >Republicans want to take your Social Security.
> >And the worst part about it is, people believe it!
> >Pass it on please!
> >2004 Election Issue
> >This must be an issue in "04". Please! 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 Congress men & women do not pay into Social
> >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,
> >it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.
> >For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives
> >expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred
> >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.
> >Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. Nada.
> >This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I
> >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
> >--we can expect to get an average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or,
> >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 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
> >maybe good changes will evolve.
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