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Information Connection: Congress and Social Security

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Our Senators and Congressmen don't pay in to Social Security, and, of course, they don't collect from it.

Hmm. If this is such a good deal, then why aren't they required to participate in it the way nearly all other US Citizens are? Instead, they have a special retirement plan that they voted for themselves many years ago. 

For all practical purposes, their special plan (which we pay for)  works like this:
When they retire, they continue to draw their same pay, until they die, except that it may be increased from time to time, by cost of living adjustments.

For instance, former Senator Bradley, and his wife, may be expected to draw $7,900,000, with Mrs. Bradley drawing $275,000 during the last year of her life. This is calculated on an average life span for each.

This would be well and good, except that they paid nothing in on any kind of retirement, and neither does any other Senator or Congressman.

This fine retirement comes right out of the General Fund: our tax money.

We pay for their luxury retirement plan, but draw an average of $1000/month from Social Security.

Imagine for a moment that you could structure a retirement plan so desirable that people would have extra deducted so that they could increase their own personal retirement income. A retirement plan that works so well, that Railroad employees, Postal Workers, and others who aren't in it, would clamor to get in.

That is how good Social Security could be, if only one small change were made. That change is to jerk the Golden Fleece retirement out from under the Senators and Congressmen, and put them in Social Security with the rest of us. Then watch how fast they fix it.

Write to your Congressman, today: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

 

 

Comments on Government

Many people in the United States complain bitterly that the federal government is broken and out of control. That's not quite accurate.

The reality is what passes for the federal government is broken and out of control. It's not a legitimate government, for a long list of reasons. These include:

  • No elections. We have fake elections with ballot control, voting fraud, and fake candidates. Just look at the idiots allegedly "running" for office or in office already. That's the best we can do out of 310 million people? This defies logic.
  • Utter lawlessness. The basis of law in the USA is the Constitution. The vast majority of what the federal government does is illegal, because the Constitution explicitly forbids it to do those things that are not specifically granted for it to do. See the 10th Amendment.
  • Massive debt. The total federal debt (not just that $14 trillion or so in bonds) now exceeds the entire world's GDP. Three times over. The costs of carrying that debt are staggering, and as Obamageddon continues to plunge us deeper into debt we are see more of those costs. Homelessness at record levels. Jobs evaporating. Etc. The creeps in CONgress saw this coming, so they "fixed" the bankruptcy laws to keep individuals on the hook. Notice, however, the airlines can still mismanage things and then use bankruptcy to snub their noses at bill collectors while paying millions to certain inside individuals. Funny how that works.
  • Inflation. This is a stealth tax. Every time the Federal Reserve creates new money out of thin air, it's counterfeiting. That reduces the value of every dollar based asset  you have, not just your money.

So how do we fix this gangsta government? Let's do a thought experiment.

Let's say you hate Wal-Mart because Wal-Mart stores destroy the surrounding community, Wal-Mart is heavily subsidized by the federal govt by dint of having its grossly underpaid workers apply for federal aid, and Wal-Mart puts downward pressure on quality so good manufacturers start making junk.

You go into Wal-Mart and pick up some merchandise, which you pay for in Line 3. A week later, it falls apart because it's junk. So you go back into Wal-Mart. You are gonna show them! This time, you pick up the same merchandise but pay for it in Line 5.

Do ya think they cared which line you went to? No, because it had zero effect.

That's exactly the effect you have on federal policy when you change your vote from Democrat to Republican or vice-versa. These two groups work for the same employers. The same criminal bosses. Those criminal bosses don't care what checkout line you use, as long as you still shop at their store.

To fix gangsta government, the first thing you must do is vote against the Demopublicans. Surrendering your vote to them results in no change, and we know this because it's been the same criminal enterprise for over a century now. The federal "elections" are merely a poll to see how much of the population still believes in blatant lies, fairy tales, and gross deception. It's a dupe count. If the dupe count is sufficiently high, the rampant crime continues.

You can vote Libertarian, which will help a lot. Or you can vote for your dog, which will at least not put your vote into the "Shoot my foot off" category as happens with every D and R vote-surrendering person.

We need a lawful government. Most of the 50 states operate under principle of law. So there's no reason the federal government, which the states created, can't also operate under principle of law rather than by the orders of some psychopaths who pull all the strings. But until "voters" stop checking one of the two "I approve of crime" boxes, why would the criminals think there's any reason to stop their financially rewarding gangsta ways?

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