Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Overpaid California Pensioners? Enact Wisconsin Reforms!

The highest paid pensioner in California held numerous offices in the city of Vernon.
Why is anyone surprised? Vernon is a city of many business interests, yet few residents, with little oversight in a state which has ignored the growing financial problems associated with granting generous benefits and retirement packages to its public employees, both at the local and the state level.

Instead of reporting with shock and surprise that another highly-salaried and well-paid public official has played the system, media leaders and state representatives need to promote the same pension and collective bargaining reforms instituted by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican colleagues.

Following two successful elections, including an attempted recall, public workers have abandoned their unions, and the unions have lost all political clout. Cities and school districts are saving money, and Wisconsin has no outstanding pension obligations to worry about.

Why can’t California do the same?


  1. Why? How about this? Since Walker took office, Wisconsin has fallen from 11th to 44th in job creation. Its wages are also declining at twice the national level. Walker’s new budget offers a tax cut that mostly benefits the rich and sucks public funds into private ventures, in the form of school vouchers. This draconian dick is also rejecting Medicaid expansion and using the Affordable Care Act exchanges to kick 87,000 Wisconsinites off his state’s Badgercare program. And his delusional promise of creating 250,000 jobs looks less and less likely to happen with each passing day.

    Why would we want THAT?

  2. Anonymous:

    Your facts and responses are draconian in their denseness.

    Austerity to prosperity takes time.

    Margaret Thatcher's economic policies did not work right away, but the recovery was massive during her tenure as PM.

    Reagan's economic plan of tax cuts did not automatically create economic recovery. But from 1982 to 1987, the United States enjoyed an unprecedented recovery.