Friday, November 27, 2009

Caveat Lectores on Excessive Wages?

What do these three news articles have in common other than they are BS?

They all make the assumption that $100K is too much for a public employee to make. There is no concern for what the employee actually does or how hard or long the employee works to make that unconscionable wage just that it happens. Therefore, we must exterminate the opportunity for success immediately.

Treasure Coast Newspapers
Indian River County has fewer government employees making $100,000
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The number of Indian River County Commission employees who earned more than $100,000 declined by nearly 17 percent in the recently completed budget year, in part because no fire rescue workers reached six figures. That stands in stark contrast to nearby Martin and St. Lucie counties. The Martin County Commission had 91 Fire Rescue Department employees who earned $100,000 or more in the 2008-2009 budget year, records show. The St. Lucie Fire District had 63 six-figure earners in the budget year that ended Sept. 30.

Treasure Coast Newspapers
One in eight Martin County Commission employees earned more than $100,000 in the last budget year
MARTIN COUNTY - As the county commissioners cut services, shed workers and lamented tax revenue declines, one in eight commission employees earned more than $100,000 during the 2008-2009 budget year. Fire Rescue Department workers accounted for 91 of the 109 commission employees whose pay topped $100,000 in the budget year that ended Sept. 30, county records show. The commission has 869 employees, so the six-figure earners accounted for 12.5 percent of the workforce.

Treasure Coast Newspapers
Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County Fire District see spike in $100,000 earners
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - As a historic housing market collapse and loss of property tax income forced the Port St. Lucie City Council to cut services and layoff workers, a total of 67 city employees earned more than $100,000 during the 2008-2009 budget year. That's an increase of 81 percent compared to the 37 six-figure earners in the prior year, city records show. "I think it's ridiculous," said Victoria Huggins, a Port St. Lucie political activist. "We definitely can't afford that. They're cutting people from the wrong end of the spectrum. The way that I see it is; reduce the pay of these elites."

Many of the employees who made these wages likely did so because of extra hours and duties caused by layoffs, hiring freezes and unsuccessful outsourcing.

Here is the mantra: The politicians refuse to appropriately fund government; therefore the employees must finance poor decision-making by working more for less, with less but more expensive benefits.

Yes, tax payers do not like to pay taxes. So WTF about that is new news. I do not like to pay my taxes or my power bill or my insurance premiums. However, I am not stupid enough to actually believe I can get the high level of service I expect without paying for it. I cannot negotiate with my power supplier to lower the rate just because I do not like the rate. I can use less electricity, but I will suffer the result. People (tax payers) want the same level of service for less because the news media and politicians support the fallacy that public employees do not earn their pay. But then who was it that elected those f**k ups to begin with? We get the leadership we deserve.

and Oh yes, have a nice day?


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