The virus that crawled from the right…

Barak Obama may have mastered internet fundraising, but the right wingnuts have certainly mastered the art of the viral message.

In the past couple of weeks I have had several of the most recent ones forwarded to me so that I can be “outraged” by some injustice or other.

For example this one arrived last week. I have reprinted it exactly as I received it, poor grammar and all.

CANADA PENSION – A Must Read.  Only in Canada .Do not apply for your old age pension…

Apply to be a refugee.  It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00.

This compares very well to a single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 or 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Furthermore if you had the wisdom to have a RRSP and made other income generating investments you may have earned the right to receive nothing from the Federal Government as they claw your Old Age Pension back because in their opinion you do not need it!!!!!

Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!Let’s send this thought to as many Canadians as we can and maybe we can Get the pensioners up to $2,470.00, So they can enjoy the money they were forced to submit to the Canadian government for those 40 to 50 years.Please forward this to every Canadian you know.

So what is the message here? It seems to be an injustice being committed against our hardworking pensioners who are getting less income from old age pension than those shiftless refugees are in social assistance.

The truth, however, is a little more complicated than that – these wingnuts do not do complicated, they prefer to cast everything in stark black and white. While the implication is that our elderly work hard and contribute taxes for forty or fifty years just so the godless hordes can pour in from overseas and take it all away from them, with the kind cooperation of the Government of course. The reality is slightly different from that.

Refugees usually are forced to flee from political repression and often arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The assistance that the government offers is usually short term until they can get back on their feet. An old age pension and benefits is normally paid for a number of years.

However, the message sender here is not interested in what happens to our pensioners, this missive is designed to make us resent refugees and immigrants (who are often of a different race).

And they dupe lots of people into helping them do their racist dirty work by forwarding it on.

And it isn’t just refugees who come under attack, the idea of global climate change is also the target of a new attack from the founder of the Weather Channel, I will talk about this one in my next posting – A Convenient Untruth.

One Response to “The virus that crawled from the right…”

  1. Nancy says:

    This email has been circulating since 2003 and has even spread to the US and Australia. It is also completely incorrect.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigrant_benefits_urban_legend.

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