I’ve seen this making it’s way ‘round the internet. Wish people would do a little research before reblogging these things.
POTUS Pension (as of 2008):
Avg Congressional Pension Under CSRS (as of 2006):
Avg Congressional Pension Under FERS (as of 2006):
The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.
(see link above)
What are CSRS and FERS?
Pre-1984, federal employees were covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension plan. In 1983, the Social Security Act was amended to require federal employees to participate in Social Security. CSRS was not designed to coordinate well with this, so the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) was developed in 1986. Congressional members elected before 1983 could elect to remain in CSRS or switch to FERS, while new members are automatically covered by FERS
As for the other claims…
The average yearly Social Security benefit is $13,560. Not $12,000.
I’m not even going to try to figure out the average salary of soldiers deployed specifically in Afghanistan. I’m assuming that is inciting language. But if you’re interested, there’s an eHow article from May, 2011 on average U.S. soldier salaries.
Disclaimer: I’m not professing to be an expert on the subject matter. Most of these numbers were what I was able to glean from the internet in a couple minutes. If you can find more current or accurate numbers, please do.
Moral of the story: If it sounds fishy, check the facts. If it doesn’t sound fishy, you probably have no business reblogging it.