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E-mail Validity Check Guidelines

We receive a great deal of e-mails purporting inequities in legislation or government, the favorites seem to be regarding Social Security and partisan attacks, that while appealing to read, are often times wholly inaccurate.

In an effort to help reduce the amount of misinformation spreading amongst our viewers, we have put together a very easy method for checking the facts of an e-mail message BEFORE sending it out and perpetuating the myths.

Take, for example, the following message we recently received (in red):

Our Social Security

Many years ago in Seattle, two wonderful neighbors, Elliott and Patty Roosevelt came to my home (only do I wish) to swim on a regular basis. They were a great couple full of laughter and stories that today I continue to marvel at.

Both are now deceased, but their stories remain.

During the years of our friendship we had many, many discussions about Elliott's parents (President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt) and how his father and mother never intended for the Social Security and Welfare programs to turn out the way they are today.

Elliott used to say that if his parents returned to earth and saw what the politicians had done to their programs they would have burned all of them in hell.

Here is a story I received regarding the Social Security Program and I immediately thought of Elliott's comments. I hope you will read this and think about it.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary,

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program,

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year,

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent "Trust Fund" rather than into the General Operating Fund, and therefore would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and,

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to "put away" -- you may be interested in the following:


Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent "Trust Fund" and put it into the General Fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.


Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.


Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the "tie-breaking" deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US .


Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?


A: That's right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!


Then, after doing all this lying and thieving and violating of the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!


If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe changes will evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn't so.

But it's worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?

Actions speak louder than bumper stickers.

Forward this E-mail to others so that they can be informed of the truth.

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To check a message's validity, these are the steps that we use ourselves to determine what's real, and what's designed just to scare people.

  1. Go to
  2. Type in the first item on the list, or part thereof (I typed: social security, voluntary)
  3. View the results, the first of which is from the Social Security Administration's web site ( and debunks the bulk of the message.
  4. If nothing turns up on Google, check, an urban legend listing web page. Typing in the same information from item #2 above provides you with almost the same e-mail that we received, except without the opening story (

In e-mail, such as in life, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. However, with a little investigative work, you, too, can help eliminate false information and help keep citizens aware of what's real and what isn't so that their energies can be focused on issues having a measurable affect instead of rumors and accusations.

After all, shouldn't we all be informed of the real truth?