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Re: Social security overflow, change the law

Perhaps times are changing...
I doubt it, but. The general public has always resented public employees and see them as loaded up on benefits and pay they can not have. Nothing further from the truth, but ...... Double dipping... retiring from the military with one pension and still being young enough to retire from another government job has always been resented and the employees seen as rich at the public expense.
I worked for 27 years postal system, 4 years military. When I take SS it will cut my other retirement to just about nil. I retired out at 30% of my gross from the postal system. .... 12 years back at $750 a month. Who can live on that? and if you add to it you are a rich person who is bankrupting the country. No dental benefits, I pay half my medical which is mostly a plan so I will not pay more than $2000 a year from my own pocket.
Public servants have never been treated well in the US that I am aware of. Perhaps now that the public's tail has been saved once more at the expense of public servants lives some good will may last another year or two until the laws can get changed.
On a rant here this morning.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 6:32 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Social security overflow, change the law

Well that hardly seems fair!    Sheesh.

On 10/5/06, Christopher P. Lindsey <lindsey@mallorn.com> wrote:
I don't know how many people here are affected by this, but the current
law states that any government employee who retires with a government
pension can only collect about 1/3 of any social security that they would
normally receive.

For example, my Mom put 15 years into SS and 22 years into SURS (the
State University Retirement System).  She can retire from SURS with
a small pension (22 years gives her about 40% of her salary), but the
15 years of social security will pay her a whopping 5% of her salary.
So after 37 years of secretarial/receptionist work she will receive
45% of her current income, less taxes.

Pensioners through private programs can collect from SS and their pension
fund; it's only government employees who are penalized.

To add insult to injury, if your spouse dies and you're on a government
pension, your spouse's social security is also cut.  In my Mom's case,
if anything were to happen to my Dad my Mom wouldn't be allowed to
collect ANY widower's social security benefits.

There's currently a bill out there to change this.  If you think that
this is a bad thing (as I do, who will also be affected by this when I
retire), visit


for more information.  A sample letter to send to your representative
is available at


Or you can call 1-866-327-8670 and ask for your congressperson's office.
Say "As Congressperson _____________'s constituent, I am calling to ask
him/her to sign the discharge petition, House Resolution 987, introduced
September 7, to bring the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 147) to a
prompt vote on the House floor."



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zone 8A

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