Sunday, February 14, 2010

Caveat Lectores on Media Attacks

Happy Valentine’s Day. Bah Humbug.

Here is what I saw first thing when I began my search for news just before 7:00 a.m. What a way to start the day.

State pensions: Bad deal for public

Mike Thomas COMMENTARY: Orlando Sentinel

If I had my life to live over, I would work for the government.

I would be a bureaucrat, a paper shuffler, a guy who stands behind the counter and gets to you on my own sweet time. Even better, I would be a firefighter. A buddy of mine who has retired from a local department had considered leaving to go to medical school. But because he was smart enough to do it, he was smart enough not to do it.

He decided to stay on, get the pension, start another career, and make just as much money as a doctor with a lot less hassle. Now he's living the dream.

Such is life on a defined pension.

Great deal for the person getting it. Horrible deal for whoever is paying it.

Pension plans helped bring down the auto makers and the airlines. They are budgetary bombs on timers, set to go off on somebody else's watch.,0,353980.column

The editorial goes on to bash public employees seemingly endlessly. Some of what he says is factually correct, some just not true. All of it is mean spirited and designed to anger anyone who reads it. The public employees will be outraged at the falsity and the public will be outraged because they are in a pinch for money and the public employee is a good target.

Public employee bashing is not new. There is not enough time in just one morning to attack all the bad things this pitiful excuse for a writer posted in his editorial. You need to read the entire piece and react in your own way.

The message to public employees is…. Watch your back. There is a full fledged war going on to destroy your career and your future. If you do not do what it takes to protect yourself, you will be getting what you deserve.

And oh Yes, Have a nice day?


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