If Scott Brown wants to email around silly stories from Fox News, that’s all well and good. But unless it’s just a lark (and I’d say the odds are better-than-even that that’s exactly what it is), he needs to get his act together. Here’s today’s missive (I had to break it up into chunks to show all the good stuff).
[More Fox News … blah blah blah]
For me, the highlights are (1) the fact that he is still showing his address as Newton, Massachusetts, even though he supposedly is all about New Hampshire these days, and (2) the fact that the email is “sponsored” by “Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks!” You know, I thought conservatives didn’t like Social Security. But if you click the link in the email, you arrive at a site sponsored by … wait for it … Newsmax, of all people. The site claims to hold the keys that will unlock “more than $1 trillion in money, services, free trips, and other giveaways” from the U.S. Government, including “a simple way you could get an extra $1,000 added to family members’ Social Security checks if they qualify,” plus “an overlooked loophole called ‘FAASF’ that could allow you to collect up to an extra $152,000 in Social Security payments.” Sweet! (For the record, FAASF is a real thing, but of course it’s more complicated that Newsmax lets on.) And the word from Newsmax gets better and better:
Many people mistakenly believe that you have to be destitute to receive government money and giveaways. However, the truth is that a larger percentage of rich people than poor people are eligible for government money.
Unfortunately, most people don’t even know about the thousands of government-giveaway programs available to them. That’s because most of these programs are funded by Washington but administered through either the states or little-known organizations — and 75% of the programs have no income thresholds.
Apparently, the little-known government freebies include “Government-subsidized trips to vacation resorts worldwide” and a “secret to getting $25,000 from state governments just to write a business plan,” among other awesome goodies. And all you have to do to get the keys to the kingdom is subscribe to Newsmax’s crappy newsletter – which they give you initially for free, but which will then automatically renew at a rate that, shockingly, they do not even disclose. What a scam.
I won’t belabor the painfully-obvious irony of the sponsors of this kind of scam underwriting email from a Republican. Let’s just say that Scott Brown continues to look utterly unready for prime time.