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Re: “Friday Must Read: Tax the Rich!; Brown’s Wife Screams at Republican Leader

OK IEarIRichards, how about a "yes and..." compromise? Tax the rich the 1% increase, stop the pension spiking, close the commercial tax loophles AND,
1 - stop the practice of paying full retirement benefits to folks who are still working full time, because that double dipping is bleeding away funds that could keep our teacher/firefighter & police levels up.
2- Make police and elected officials pay into their own retirement instead of taxpayers paying for them! The worst example of this was when Oakland had to layoff 80 of their newest and brightest officers because their union would not allow the rank and file to pay the average of $13,9000. contributions to their own pensions. Oakland police starting salaries are higher than, NYC, LA and in fact the highest in CA. If an OPD officer "retires" at age 50, from Oakland, s/he gets 75 - 90% of their salary, EVEN IF THEY GO TO WORK IN SAN JOSE OR SAN FRANCISCO AS A POLICE OFFICER! This is just one of the most glaring examples of the pension reform that is needed. It's NOT an end run around collective bargaining. It's a matter of GREED and political bullying by the Police Union.
3 - I generally support the right of workers to union representation & collective bargaining, but our unions and some of their older rank and file need to understand that it is time for fairness and common sense. They are killing their own life blood...the newer members. Why on earth should we keep teachers or any public employee who is just marking time til retirement, when we have a whole crop of well trained and eager new workers who are, BECAUSE OF UNION PRACTICES, consistently victims of last hired first fired?
CALIFORNIA IS NOT BROKE, we have become greedy and stagnant with a sense of entitlement that is not sustainable. Corporations, Unions and the wealthy have not been paying their fair share and it's time for a major financial dust up. No politician should be paid til the budget is balanced. No corporation should be allowed loopholes to avoid paying taxes. No Union should be allowed to kill it's own future by bullying taxpayers and it's own newest members. And, as Warren Buffet said...when the rich pay less in taxes (proportionately or otherwise), than the folks who work for them, something is terribly wrong!

Posted by dancer on 04/03/2011 at 1:03 PM

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