Skip to content

Back at the Red Line. Why I’m a sucker to Tony.

May 5, 2012

On Friday I’m back at the Red Line Tap.

There’s Tony at the bar.

Tony is always at the bar, so that’s not a surprise.

“You look like crap,” says Tony. “Let me buy you one.”

“Long week,” I say.

“Seven days, like always,” says Tony, who has no permanent relationship with the capitalist system that I am of aware of.

“Funny.”

“So, what are you crabbin’ about now,” says Tony in that mocking voice he has perfected by sitting on a bar stool all day.

“Same old, same old. We were down in Springfield this week. Talking to legislators about Quinn’s pension plan. The trouble is that you talk to those goobers and they don’t know a thing about what you’re talking about.”

“Like?”

“They think we get Social Security.”

“You don’t?”

“No! See! That’s what I’m talking about. We’ve been friends for years and you think it too!”

“Stop whining and buy the next one,” says Tony.

“I’m not allowed to be in Social Security, but I pay 224% more into my pension than you would pay into Social Security. That is if you worked. Which, as everyone knows, is highly unlikely.”

“And?”

“And Quinn would raise that to 295%. Plus the state saves beaucoup bucks by not having to pay into Social Security.”

“Clever,” says Tony.

“A billion dollars a year clever,” I say.

“But,” says Tony, “they had to pay into your pension. So it’s a wash.”

“Ah!”

“Ah?”

Again I say, “Ah. That’s the scam. They haven’t paid into my pension. That’s why they owe me $85 billion. The feds would never let them get away without paying their share into Social Security.”

“That’s more than I owe Benny the bookie,” says Tony.

“Hey,” says Tony. “Won’t you get Social Security from the job you had scrubbing river rat shit off the pleasure boats at Greebe boat yard off of Belmont? Back when we first met, before you became a teacher.”

“Nope. The feds won’t give me any of it.”

“Let me buy you the next round,” says Tony. “You are the biggest sucker I know.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joan Kramer permalink
    May 5, 2012 9:29 pm

    Yep — tell Tony some of us have 20 years paying Social Security and we still can’t get it. People do need to know this. Thanks Fred! Again.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    May 6, 2012 8:40 pm

    We have legislators that don’t know that we don’t get Social Security? Why am I not surprised.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,224 other followers

%d bloggers like this: