Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Urban Legends

This could be why southwestern Hoosiers reelect John Hostettler over and over again.

The following is an excerpt of an email from a person in southwestern Indiana who sent it out to her mailing list which is in excess of one hundred people.

Our Senators and Congresswomen 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.

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For example, 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.


You can read the full text of the email the urban legends site snopes.com. Snopes lists the email as false and gives detailed reasons why it is wrong.

The interesting thing is that at the beginning of the email it says, "Just a side note, Congressman Hostettler opted OUT of this special benefit plan. (Just a little personal political endorsement.)

These ridiculous urban legend emails are a dime a dozen. I receive them every day. What I find interesting is this person claims to have personal knowledge that John Hostetler opted out of a program that does not even exist. Someone is lying.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad the author spelled out the dollar amount, because I never would have figured it out on my own. This person sounds brilliant.

November 08, 2005  

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