Dave Few sent me this e-mail on 26 Jan 06:
Social Security - Cause & Effect --This letter is from one who apparently has the sense to
write what has really happened. Worth you time to read, I think!!
Original author unknown.
Many years ago in Seattle, two wonderful neighbors, Elliott and Patty Roosevelt came to
my home to swim on a regular basis. They were a great couple full of laughter and stories
that today I continue to marvel. Both are now deceased, but their stories remain. During
the years of our friendship we had many, many discussions about his parents (President
Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt) and how his father and mother never intended for the
Social Security and Welfare programs to turn out the way they are today. Elliott used to
say that if his mother returned to earth and saw what the politicians had done to their
programs she would have burned all of them in hell.
Here is a story I received today regarding the Social Security Program and I immediately
thought of Elliott's comments. Hope you will read this and think about it.
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He
1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary,
2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
incomes into the Program,
3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible
from their income for tax purposes each year,
4.) That the money the participants put into the independent "Trust Fund" rather than into
the General operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security
Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and,
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.
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 Political Party took Social Security from the independent "Trust" fund and put it
into the General fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA)
A: The Democratic Party.
Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the "tie-breaking" deciding vote as
President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the U.S.
Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?
A: That's right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this
country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party
gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!
Then, after doing all this lying and thieving and violation of the original contract (FICA),
the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social
And the worst part about it is, uninformed citizens believe it!
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe
good changes will evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn't so.
But it's worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?
Actions speak louder than bumper stickers.