The bogus UNSTATED public worker pension assumptions

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The public worker pension debate rages on. And “rage” is the operative term when the unions and their allies discuss switching to 401-k plans from their current guaranteed defined benefit plans. Carefully selected sob stories are popping up to justify continuing the public worker guaranteed pensions that are roughly three to four times what private sector workers can expect to …

Lutar & Rider debate public employee reps

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Last month Lani Lutar (CEO, San Diego County Taxpayers Association) and yours truly debated the pension morass with two public employee labor union defenders. We were invited to speak before a hostile but largely civil audience — a small CA state convention of (mostly) retired county employees meeting at the Kona Kai Club. All the usual points from both sides …

Public employees underpaid? NAHHHHH

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Below is the link to a detailed rebuttal of a recent bogus study claiming that public employees are paid less than the private sector. This rebuttal was done by my friend Adam Summers with the Reason Foundation. Of course, the opposite is true. Today most (not all) public employees are paid MORE than the private sector average, and their benefits …

“Saturday Night Live” skit lampoons public employees

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Watch it here: http://www.hulu.com/collections/435/144719 No matter how bad the show’s writing has been over the past decade or so, you know that an issue has developed widespread awareness when it’s the subject of a skit on Saturday Night Live. I give the writers an A for accuracy regarding the list of benefits, but this kind of truth isn’t funny to …

Dem Assembly Speaker gives 10% raises

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SACRAMENTO BEE http://www.sacbee.com/2010/03/04/2583810_former-speaker-handed-out-staff.html Former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass quietly promoted 20 members of her Democratic caucus staff and gave them 10 percent salary increases that took effect her final days as Assembly leader. Click on above link for full story RIDER COMMENT: I love it! It cost us a pittance in the great scheme of things, but demonstrates the imperial …