Public employees and teachers are parasites

Something is happening to our culture. The public employees who plow our streets, mow the lawns at our libraries, dig our ditches, snake out the gunk from our sewers and teach our kids how to read are becoming parasites on our economy. Their unreasonable demands for fair wages and benefits are killing jobs for you and me. We need to rise up, grab our pitchforks and torches, haul them from their houses and strip away their ill-gotten gains.

Or so a growing number of Republican governors and lawmakers would like us to believe, most recently, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe said today that the public employees are being unreasonable by not caving into the demands, citing the States are “out of money” and that the private sector is making sacrifices so the public employees should too.

Only shouldn’t we be asking why the private sector has to make sacrifices to the tune of 10% unemployment, increased foreclosures, home values underwater, increased benefits cuts and wage freezes while large corporations have record profit years? Shouldn’t that be the real question?

We should not be seeking to lower public sector jobs to the level of private sector jobs, but seek ways of increasing the private sector to what the public sector now has that the governor is seeking to strip away. Once the protections are gone, it is just a matter of time before everyone sinks further down together.

How unskilled and underpaid do you want YOUR kid’s teacher?


11 Replies to “Public employees and teachers are parasites”

  1. I am a public employee. I took a 2.5% pay cut due to state budget shortfalls shortly after starting my current position in 2002, then another 2.5% cut in 2003. I was finally restored to my starting salary 9 months later, with no compensation for what had been taken out before. Since then, I’ve had 2 small raises, but none in the last 3 years. Oklahoma state employees have recently endured a cut in compensation by way of a reduction of our insurance allowance while premiums increased. I anticipate more cuts to come, but that is better than layoffs. We are increasingly being asked to do more with fewer people and god forbid anyone work overtime. Also worth noting, the Oklahoma state constitution forbids salary cuts for elected officials–the highest paid public employees. Clever of them, don’t you think? I don’t know about other states, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they had similar provisions.

    Remember, most public employees are working stiffs, like everyone else, with homes in your community and children to support. Laying off public employees isn’t going to create jobs anyplace else. It will only increase the number of people without jobs and therefore, the competition for the few jobs that already exist.

  2. I suspect that the constitutional provision is there to prevent bribery with the common wisdom that if elected official are paid well, they would be less prone to seek out bribes to make a livable wage. (THAT’S working out well, right?) The military uses the same criteria when sending soldiers overseas… really, really bad FICO score, maxed out on credit cards and it is less likely they will send you.. but… not always…

    Maybe teachers will start adopting that as well.. you want Johnny to get a passing grade in your class? Boy, I should could use a new deck on my house….

    Cynical, but at best, we will simply have people just not opting into the teacher field. At worst, we will have teachers requiring “bribe” money just to make ends meet. Could happen.. probably already is in some parts of the country…

  3. Sure, politicians need to make a livable, even good, wage. But to decide to cut all employees pay across the board, then shrug and say, “sorry, we can’t cut ours,” is just slimy. Not to mention, they usually vote themselves a raise every year (to keep up with the cost of living, you see, like it doesn’t go up for the rest of us).

    I can’t remember if the teachers were subjected to pay cuts back then, but my local school district has laid off several teachers in the past year (thereby cutting classes and causing massive scheduling issues). Meanwhile, our superintendent got a raise to put her salary more in line with others in the area (even though they also have much larger school districts). Nice.

  4. Yes, good stuff. I’m just not understanding what SPECIFICALLY is in it for an elected GOP lawmaker to continue to support what is obviously a race to the bottom for wages and benefits for the majority of Americans other than personal enrichment through re-election and eventual lobby contracts and government pensions. When they hold their hand up swearing (or affirming) to uphold the Constitution, they should first and foremost have the interest of the COUNTRY at heart, not their own pocketbook. I’m not that naive, but at some point it becomes so OBVIOUS what they are doing that you;d think they would have some shame. Apparently not.

    What is the long-term goal of having the entire country ripping at each other? Who enjoys this sort of thing? Are the 24/7 cameras on us? Are we being filmed as a reality show? This is just insanity where nobody is going to win in the end, not even the corporations… when the majority of people will be too strapped to buy anything they make or process. At least there is China.

  5. The big joke is eventually, what the elected official have to offer corporations won’t even be worth anything and the only ones who will benefit will be those who are ripping us apart right now. Like a giant Ponzi scheme these lawmakers are too stupid to realize what they are pouring their human capital into…

  6. I wonder the same thing. I just can’t figure it out. I can’t understand how someone could be so short-sited and even selfish. There must be some who truly believe the rhetoric that so many Americans are sucking at the government teat and getting an easy ride. Extremely sheltered lives, maybe.

  7. You are totally wrong about this issue. the concern is not the private sector but runaway budgets and allocation of moneys to serve the purpose of those who maintain power in the public sector whether it be the unions, a teacher, a cop, or a fireman. These people are being hired to serve a purpose; they are not being forced into an occupation (or drafted) which they themselves do not want. In other words, the public sector is and should me like the private sector. what is so special about public sector of those that depend on the tax revenue for their salary and benefits? I think you are totally wrong and misunderstand the economics behind the issue.

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