Monday, November 22, 2010

Actually, the ones threatened with killing were the wage slaves funding Ida's retirement. If they had resisted paying the taxes funding Ida's retirement, that's exactly what would have happened: they would have been killed. Well, sure, not straightaway. First, liens would have been placed on their property, lates fees and interest penalties assessed, maybe a not-so-friendly visit paid by the local, state or federal "peace officer" to persuade them to pony up.

But every tax resister knows what awaits him if he persists in resisting. Interestingly enough--and the irony eludes many otherwise intelligent people--it's the same fate awaiting the galley slaves if they resist: great bodily harm up to and including death. At least the galley slaves had the opportunity to earn their freedom. For the wage slaves, the only light at the end of the tunnel is the oncoming train.

So let's not "get tough on Ida" by expecting her to assume responsibility for her own retirement. Let's get tough on everybody else and force them to assume responsibility for her retirement. What could be more enlightened or humanitarian that that?

After all, it's all well and good that Ida pays $25 into the racket and collects $23,000. That's how the Ponzi schemes work. Those who get in at the beginning make a killing (!). Everybody else gets the shaft. In the immortal words of Bastiat, "Government is the great fiction by which everybody lives at the expense of everybody else."


Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 7:37 pm
Subject: Re: Ponzi Scheme Winner

Yeah, we should have killed as soon as she tried to cash that second check; whatever happened to the good ol' days when they executed galley slaves a week before they were scheduled for freedom? If we could just get rid of those nasty things like Social Security and Medicare, we could get the minimum wage down to 2 bucks an hour and very few of those lazy peasants would even live to age 65. Yeah, let's get tough on bums like Ida, and by the way, let's lower taxes on giant corporations.



That's quite a return on her investment.



On January 31, 1940, the first monthly retirement check was issued to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont, in the amount of $22.54. Miss Fuller, a Legal Secretary, retired in November 1939. She started collecting benefits in January 1940 at age 65 and lived to be 100 years old, dying in 1975.

Ida May Fuller worked for three years under the Social Security program. The accumulated
taxes on her salary during those three years was [sic] a total of $24.75. Her initial monthly check was $22.54. During her lifetime she collected a total of $22,888.92 in Social Security benefits.



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