Congress and Social Security Benefits.

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  1. Immanuel
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    The following post came from another thread but it made me think of a question I had always been afraid to ask:

    Suppose a man works in the real world for 40 years earning full Social Security benefits, be they as nominal as they are, and then is convinced by so-called friends to run for Congress and wins. My understanding is that Congressmen are not eligible and do not pay into the Social Security system, does he then lose his social security benefits or is he still entitled to his benefts, but as a Congressman his wages are not taxed?

    Anyone know the answer to that for sure?

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    He already paid in and can draw out as can most of congress. They just do not acrue anything while in congress.
    This was all just a smoke and mirrors thing to make us think congrespersons are noble honest creatures.

    IN reality it just exempted congress from having to pay SS.
     
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    Thanks and that was what I thought but I was not sure about it.

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    hey immie, this might help answer some of your concerns...
    snopes.com: Congressional Pensions
     
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    No, just like a retired schoolteacher will be told they have a government pension (teacher retirement) and thus are ineligible to withdraw even though every Summer they took a second job (to make ends meet) and paid SS taxes on that job, they will never get SS.
    Unlike the teacher retirement the Congressman has a golden parachute for his retirement package.
     
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    I worked in the private sector for 15 years paying into SS. I then got a job working for a county government where I don't pay into SS any longer. I still have my SS benifits, however every year I work for the government my SS benifits decline. Which is crazy stupid. I mean, I have paid into SS all those years, and if I'm at the county long enough I may not see any SS benifits.
     
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    Thanks for the info.

    That doesn't sound fair to me. You've paid into SS, why should the county interfere with your federal benefits?

    Is your county's retirement plan really good?

    Immie
     
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    My retirement isn't bad. I would say it is better than SS. The county as nothing to do with it, it is a federal thing.
     
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    Anything is better than Social Security, but if you are going to be taxed for it or were, you should be able to receive some benefit from it.

    Immie
     
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    no shit! Lol
     

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