Wednesday, December 29, 2010

If Seniors are Greedy... then SENATORS are GLUTTONS

December 29, 2010
Colorado, USA

I received the following via email and verified (see links below) that the senator actually made the alleged quote.

Every year about this time we start hearing about how much congress members are paid and how much they are really worth in the people's estimation... I think it would be rare to find a taxpayer who actually believes anyone in congress or other seats of government deserve the pay they receive.

This is a fact. They are overpaid. Another fact. If they worked where real people work, they would have already been handed their walking papers. Last November, a few of them discovered the hard way that positive and productive job performance is a requirement in the real world.

The problem is: even when they are out - they are not really out. This senator (ex-senator) has long been representative of what is "wrong" in government... He is retired. He should not be in a position to continue dictating policy nor should he continue to milk the "tit" of the people for doing so.

IF SENIORS ARE GREEDY THEN IT FOLLOWS THAT SENATORS ARE GLUTTONS.

This man's audacity is mild compared to some who still serve in Congress and lurk upon the fringes of DC - can anyone spell CZAR? Is it any wonder the majority of Americans (at least, the ones paying attention as well as taxes) hold nothing but contempt in their minds for our government officials? I am talking from the top down or the bottom up - they are nothing but political parasites - always operating just beyond the light of truth and honor - cockroaches one and all.
-- DD

Subject: EX-Senator Alan Simpson Calls Seniors 'Greediest Generation'...

"We had the greatest generation; I think this is the greediest generation." "Social security is a cow with 310 million teats (he actually said tits)."

Retired Senator, Presidential Deficit Reduction Commission Co-chairman, Alan Simpson.
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RE: the email

Excellent! This should be sent to every career politician in office!

This person is PISSED!!!! Wish I were the one that sent this to the beloved Senator!!!! There isn't a word that is false and I am believing that many Americans are beginning to think along these same lines...

From a man in Montana....who - like the rest of us - has just about had enough

Hey Alan,

Let’s get a few things straight…

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS…
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63)…
3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud…
4. Recently, just like Lucy and Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN…
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills…
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay of YOUR debt…

To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU…

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and health care benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators who are “greedy”. It is you and they who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

Always say what you mean!!
always mean what you say!!
NEVER COMPROMISE .........
End of email

Some facts:
The current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

House Leadership:
Speaker of the House - $223,500
Majority Leader - $193,400
Minority Leader - $193,400

A cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase takes effect annually unless Congress votes to not accept it.

Prior to 1984, neither Members of Congress nor any other federal civil service employee paid Social Security taxes. Of course, they were also not eligible to receive Social Security benefits.

Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.

As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through TAXES and the participants' contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.

Please note: Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to receive a pension.

The amount of a congressperson's pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member's retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.

According to the Congressional Research Service, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.

Source:
About.com, http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

Talking Points memo.com, http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/alan-simpson-greedy-generation-wont-leave-me-alone-after-debt-commission-leak.php

The Nation.com, http://www.thenation.com/article/154187/alan-simpson-senator-guttermouth-spews-again

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