DeMint returns salary, plans to opt-out of Social Security

by William Moultrie
15 April 2010

Washington – Senator Jim DeMint announced today that he is returning his Congressional salary, declining all associated benefits, and taking steps to remove himself from other government-backed programs such as Social Security.

“After much soul-searching and reflection,” said DeMint, “I have come to the conclusion that I can’t rail against government spending and entitlements and still suckle at the teat that I am battling to eliminate. I urge all my truly patriotic countrymen to do the same.”

DeMint’s annual salary is estimated to be about $170,000, not including health and travel benefits.

“I have been paying into this system my entire life and the money is leaving my wallet and going right into the welfare system, propping up people who are too lazy to take care of themselves,” said DeMint. “I’m tired of supporting those people and I’m not going to do it anymore. I won’t go into the details right now, but I will no longer be paying into Social Security, and I will be expecting a full refund of money I’ve paid into the system. I’m asking all of my fellow patriots to do the same — tear up that Social Security check, turn down that Medicare payment, you’ll be glad you did.”

Analysts are unsure about how he will opt out of Social Security and other Government programs, but there is speculation that there will be a religious element.

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