All Unions Need to Learn From This...
Original post made by Realist on Jun 18, 2009
on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm
This is just a short-term appeasement of the problem. What really needs to happen is a permanent 20% cut in pay and a 25% cut in the number of state, county and city employees. Next we need to cut all pensions current and future by 20% except for peace officers who's pensions need to be cut by 33% back to the pre-1999 level when Gray Davis gave them a 50% increase. What also needs to happen is that the income tax rates need to be rebased so that all people in this state pay taxes and not just the upper 10% of wage earners. This way, everyone will experience the pain of out of control government spending and we will no longer have people screaming for more taxes and the repeal of prop 13.
on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:31 am
Realist: "Next we need to cut all pensions current and future by 20% except for peace officers who's pensions need to be cut by 33% back to the pre-1999 level when Gray Davis gave them a 50% increase."
I couldn't agree more, but we need to take this notion one step further by eliminating all govt. (taxpayer funded) defined benefit pension programs altogether (CalPERS, STRS, etc.).
All current govt. workers already in the system could be grandfathered in; any new hires after a date certain could become part of a defined contribution program, just like in the private sector. Corporate pension programs are beginning to go by the wayside, and the same should happen with govt. pensions. It's a huge burden that has to end eventually.
on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm
All great ideas.
However, the state legislators are beholden to the public employee unions. They would prefer to raise our taxes to pay for these ridiculously generous benefits.
Soon, the state and federal government will become wealth transfer mechanisms. No longer able to provide government services, they be simply tax its citizens to pay government empoyees. What a depressing outlook.