Last night we went to the grocery store and they’re giving away scratch tickets where you can win cash and coupons in the store. We won .50 cents off of cat treats. I’m so psyched. We don’t have cats, but I’m sure the treats will be very delicious.

Interesting email sent to me from a friend yesterday:

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our

Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social Security and, of course,

they do not collect from it. Social Security benefits were not

suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society.

They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. Many years ago

they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no

congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great


For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire,

they continue to draw the same pay until they die, except it may increase

from time to time for cost of living adjustments.

! For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives

may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that’s Seven Million, Eight-Hundred

Thousand), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of

their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each.

Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. Nada. Zilch. This little perk

they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for

this plan.

The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General

Funds–our tax dollars at work!  From our own Social Security Plan, which

you and I pay (or have paid) into–every payday until we retire (which

amount is matched by our employer)–we can expect to get an average $1,000

per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we would have to collect

our average of $1,000. monthly benefits for 68 years and one (l) month to

equal Bradley’s.

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. And

that change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under

the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with

the rest of us and then watch how fast they would fix it….