-- Original Message -----From: Don ArdonnisSent: Monday, July 09, 2001 1:22 PMSubject: Social Security?? Social Security??Perhaps we were asking the wrong questions in thispast election year. Our Senators/Congressmen donot pay into Social Security, and, therefore theydo not collect from it. Social Security benefitswere not suitable for them.They felt they should have a special plan. Manyyears ago they voted in their benefit plan. In morerecent years, no congress person has felt the needto change it. After all, it is a great plan.For all practical purposes, their plan works like this:When they retire no matter how long they have been inoffice, they continue to draw their same pay until theydie, except it may be increased from time to time by thecost-of-living adjustments. For example, former SenatorBill Bradley (New Jersey) and his wife may be expectedto draw $7,900,000.00 over an average life span, withMrs. Bradley drawing $275,000.00 during the last yearof her life. Their cost for this excellent plan is "$0",nada, zilch. This little perk they voted in for themselvesis free to them.You and I pick up the tab for this plan. Our tax dollarsat work! From Social Security, which you and I pay intoevery payday for our own retirement, with an equal amount paid in byour employer, we can expect to receive anaverage of $1,000 per month. We would have to collectour benefits for 68 years and 1 month to equal the Bradley'sbenefits.Imagine for a moment that you could structure a retirementplan so desirable, a retirement plan that worked so well,that Railroad Employees, Postal Workers, and others who were not inthe plan would clamor to be included. This is how good Social Security could be, if only one small change was made.That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece RetirementPlan out from under the Senators & Congressmen. Put theminto the Social Security plan with the rest of us. Watchhow fast they fix it!!!If enough people receive this message maybe a seed willbe planted, and maybe good changes will evolve.
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