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I Don’t Even Live In Tennessee, And I’m Offended That Glenn Reynolds Is Paid With Their Money

By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, May 21, 2009 15:02 EDT
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imageLook, I have no idea why being a conservative, a law professor and a blogger seems to automatically turn your mind into a blob of fetid goo. Perhaps there’s a neuro-blogger who can explain why this is a more effective method of destroying rational thought than any totalitarian regime has yet accomplished in the history of the civilized world; repeated exposure to nuclear radiation doesn’t destroy brains cells as fast as voting for Bush in ’04 did.

Glenn Reynolds links to a piece reproducing a devastating e-mail forward about Social Security. (If you at any point think that an e-mail forward is the foundation and/or totality of a good argument, you are hereby banned from arguing in any venue other than the open bar at a comic book convention. And you may only argue that Bishop is the greatest X-Man of all time.)

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 U.S.

Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants who had not paid into the Social Security system?

A: Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.

Have a nice day.

Now, I knew two things: one, Social Security annuities started being taxed in the Reagan administration. Two, it’s an e-mail forward, so the entire thing is probably wrong. Lo and behold, within twenty seconds of Google, I was proven absolutely right.

The most glaring error is the third (which party started taxing annuities). As you’ll see on the Social Security page, another stupid question was actually left out – Reagan signed the bipartisan bill that allowed the annuities to be taxed; the tax was increased as a part of the omnibus budget bill of 1993. The last question is nonsensical, confusing Social Security with SSI benefits. The first and second questions are simply wrong, because Social Security’s never been moved from any fund to any other fund, nor was there even an income tax deduction for FICA withholding (which doesn’t make sense – why would you have an income tax deduction for what’s effectively a flat income tax?).

So, the entire argument about Social Security presented here is that in some alternative reality where Social Security worked entirely differently than it ever has or ever world, Democrats are evil. I wonder if we all have goatees, too?

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
 
 
 
 
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