Quote of the day

"Maybe it's something in the water in Washington, or maybe it's all the expensive whiskey the lobbyists are paying for. I have a 72-hour rule. If I stay in Washington for more than 72 hours, I have to bathe myself in the same stuff I use when one of my dogs gets into a fight with a skunk — stuff to get the smell out."
- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D)


Anonymous said...


(This is worth the read. It's short and to the point.)
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a
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 away,"
you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it
in 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
Social Security. The Democratic Party gave that to them although they
never paid a 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.

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our
Senators and Congress men & women 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 $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.

Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. 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 $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 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.

How many people can YOU send this to?

Anonymous said...

WTF does this have to do with anything in JFA's post? Go spread your manure somewhere else.


John in Atlanta said...

Anonymous is simply spreading a tired, clueless email that I saw about 8 months ago when my braindead conservative nephew-in-law sent it to me. He claims to be a libertarian but will defend Dubya in everything he does. It's funny how they'll excuse all the shit Dubya has done and cite obscure little instances where the Dems may have done a little something to piss them off. Sorry but Bush has dome more in 4.5 years to harm our country than Dems have dome in 100 years. Follow Mixter's advice and stay on topic or go elsewhere to spread your manure. At the very least stop hiding behind "anonymous" and let's have a real discussion and stop cutting and pasting emails that your little mind finds interesting.