The policies of liberal politicians of both parties, but primarily the Democrats, are coming back to haunt us. They’ve been making promises they can’t keep, because they don’t have to keep them. We do. They create the mess and the rest of us are here to pick up the tab. Well, as President Obama’s favorite spiritual advisor would say, the liberal chickens are coming home to roost. And it’s not pretty.
In Massachusetts, mayors are rightfully balking at the cost of the generous benefits provided to public employees. It is simply unsustainable.
Massachusetts mayors are warning state lawmakers that without dramatic changes to the way municipalities provide health care to their public workers, cities and towns will face dire fiscal straits for the foreseeable future, threatening core local services from police to road repairs.
The mayors issued their warning during a Statehouse hearing on a series of proposals on ways to overhaul insurance coverage for municipal employees.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said the state’s largest city is already grappling with the effects of skyrocketing health care costs. He said in the past decade those costs have soared by 142 percent while all other spending grew by 27 percent.
For every dollar the city spends on health insurance, Menino said, it spends just a nickel on snow removal and community centers.
“The status quo is a stampede of increasing costs that will break cities and towns,” he said. “If we do nothing … Boston will continue to spend more on health care than on the entire police department.”
Menino wasn’t alone….
This problem isn’t unique to Massachusetts, it’s going on everywhere. Services are being cut, but benefits to public employees aren’t. So what are we paying for when we pay our taxes? Well, we’re paying for insurance plans and pensions that those of us in the private sector can only dream about. Talk about unfairness.
Here in upstate New York every school district is grappling with budgets. It’s not a question of whether teachers and other staff will be cut, but how many. My own district is talking about cutting 150 employees. I haven’t heard anything about asking current employees to contribute a little more to their benefit packages. So next year I expect to see more cuts. And so on, and so on. New York state spends more per pupil on education than any other state, but where are the results? We also have the highest property taxes in the republic. Yet President Obama says we need to keep dumping more money into education? How much more? What will that money go to? Will it go to educating our children, or keeping the unions happy?
As for other services, I am not quite sure what is happening. This area is known for awesome snow removal. Yet all season our local snow plows have failed to clear the snow off our entire street. We’ve had at least six days now without receiving our mail because they only cleared up to about four feet from the edge of our street. We had to pay people to plow the street that our town was supposed to clear. We pay for this service with our exorbitant taxes. But apparently, all we’re paying for now is minimal service and employee benefits.
Look what happened after the last big snowstorm in the city of Syracuse. Five snow plows broke down, leaving side streets unplowed for what to people in this area is an eternity. We aren’t getting what we pay for, but the public employees are. They’ll get their pensions and probably move to Florida while the rest of us continue working until we’re in our seventies. Again, where’s the fairness?
It doesn’t end at public employees, either. Look at the promises government has made to all of us. Welfare, Social Security, unemployment, Medicare – more than one third of all American’s paychecks now come from the government!
Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.
Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
“The U.S. economy has become alarmingly dependent on government stimulus,” said Madeline Schnapp, director of Macroeconomic Research at TrimTabs, in a note to clients. “Consumption supported by wages and salaries is a much stronger foundation for economic growth than consumption based on social welfare benefits.”
How bad will that number be if we throw in retired public employees? How long can we keep this up?
What’s really twisted in all of this is that the progressives control education and the media. They are doing their damnedest to brainwash the young to vote for the very people destroying their future. It’s worse than twisted, it’s grotesque. Let’s just hope the Republicans stop allowing the people out to destroy us to control the narrative.
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