Friday, November 27, 2009
- Who You Callin A Servant... Boy!
My buddy Tim, having nodded vigorously to my rants about public sector unions for the better part of 20 years now, has finally started to outpace me in terms of his level of outrage.
He sent me this really great piece about how the public 'servants' in California have set themselves up as an upper class of citizen while contributing zero to the living standard of the people paying the taxes:
Government employees use various scams to boost their already generous benefits, which include fully paid health care and cost-of-living adjustments. The Sacramento Bee coined the term “chief’s disease,” for example, to refer to the 82 percent (in 2002) of chief’s-level employees at the California Highway Patrol who discovered a disabling injury about one year before retiring. That provides an extra year off work, with pay, and shields 50 percent of their final retirement pay from taxes. Most of these disabilities stem from back pain, knee pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and the like—not from taking bullets from bad guys. The disability numbers soared after CHP disbanded its fraud unit.
The same thing is going on in NJ, NY, CT, VA, MI, IL and everywhere else that public sector unions are strong. think 'Blue States'.
When the states start declaring bankruptcy it's going to be quite a shock to these people who are all counting on the rest of us keeping them in considerable comfort for the rest of their lives.
There are too many great quotes in the piece to mention them all. Read it here.