From John Stark
Today I got another one of those outraged political emails. You know the ones I’m talking about. The subject line usually has exclamation points and reads something like “Please!!! Take a minute to read this!!!” Somewhere in the text, it says PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
In past months, I have received messages like this claiming that the Obamas were going to change the name of the White House Christmas Tree to “Holiday Tree,” and that Nancy Pelosi was proposing a tax on 401K accounts to cover the cost of federal benefits for illegal aliens. (Neither one of these was remotely true.)
The most recent one claims that members of Congress can retire on full salary after just one term in office, and that Congressional staffers don’t have to pay back their student loans.
When you get an email like this, take one simple step before forwarding it to everyone you know: visit snopes.com.
Snopes is one of the finest websites in the universe. It debunks hoaxes of every description, not just political. A simple search of the site enables you to quickly determine the truth or falsehood of email messages and warnings.
For my most recent email, snopes.com provided links to background documents that thoroughly debunked both of these false reports about Congress: