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Public Sector Union Reform Requires Mutual Empathy

Public Sector Union Reform Requires Mutual Empathy

Sorry but you would all be crying like a little b**** if the cops and firefighters that earn every penny they get in retirement were not there when your perfect make believe world falls apart so shut the f*** up. Until you do the job you have no idea what you are talking about. – […]

Retiree with $183,690 Annual Pension Attacks Pension Critics

Retiree with $183,690 Annual Pension Attacks Pension Critics

By Ed Ring . “Critics of public employee retirement benefits are engaging in hyperbole and pointing to potholes as evidence that millions of elderly Californians should be stripped of their retirement savings.” Brian Rice, president, Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Sacramento Bee, June 2, 2015 Notwithstanding the possibility that saying pension reformers want to see “millions of elderly […]

Doctored Education

Doctored Education

By Larry Sand . Using testing as a backdrop, NEA president promotes 1950s industrial-style education. The American Enterprise Institute’s education policy maven Rick Hess has been traveling around the country promoting his new book The Cage-Busting Teacher. So last week he left his Education Week blog in the hands of National Education Association president Lily […]

California’s Government Unions Collect $1.0 Billion Per Year

California’s Government Unions Collect $1.0 Billion Per Year

By Ed Ring  “If you say there is an elephant in the room, you mean that there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about.” –  Cambridge Dictionaries Online If you study California’s legislature, it doesn’t take long to learn there’s an elephant in both chambers, bigger and […]

How California’s State and Local Governments Can Save $50 Billion Per Year

How California’s State and Local Governments Can Save $50 Billion Per Year

By Ed Ring  Back in the early 2000’s, in the aftermath of the internet bubble’s collapse, California’s state and local governments endured a period of austerity that resulted in “furloughs,” where, typically, employees would take Friday’s off in exchange for a 20% cut in their pay. That is, they worked 20% less, and made 20% less […]

Libertarians, Government Unions, and Infrastructure Development

Libertarians, Government Unions, and Infrastructure Development

“Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” –  John Cleese, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979 Any discussion of California’s neglected infrastructure has to recognize the three factors most responsible, libertarians, environmentalists, and […]

Minimum Wage – It’s All About Perception!

Minimum Wage – It’s All About Perception!

By  Dave Bego  , Recently, the “Fight for Fifteen” demonstrations at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart stores across the country have sparked empathy in the news coverage by the main stream media. The liberal coverage of these outlets portrays employees as being taken advantage of and in need of increased wages and benefits. As with most things […]

Pension Reformers are not “The Enemy” of Public Safety

Pension Reformers are not “The Enemy” of Public Safety

By Ed Ring  . “You will find that powerful financial and investment institutions are the ones promoting the attacks on your pensions. Firms like Berkshire-Hathaway and the Koch brothers are backing political candidates and causes all over the country in the hopes of making this issue relevant and in the mainstream media. Why? Because if […]

Pension Reform is BAD for Wall Street, and GOOD for California

Pension Reform is BAD for Wall Street, and GOOD for California

By Ed Ring . “His idea [Mayor Chuck Reed’s] of pension reform is, pill you sign up for one pension system, we’re going to change it now in mid career, and now you’re going to get something different.” Lou Paulson, President, California Professional Firefighters (ref. CPF Video,  April 1, 2015) The biggest problem with Mr. Paulson’s comment […]

The Amazing, Obscure, Complicated and Gigantic Pension Loophole

The Amazing, Obscure, Complicated and Gigantic Pension Loophole

“The bottom line is that claiming the unfunded liability cost as part of an officer’s compensation is grossly and deliberately misleading.”