‘Generous’ With Pensions

Clarence Page, everybody, being oh-so-reasonable and Very Serious:

But the Walker race is a dramatic example of a trend that doesn’t need super-PAC money. Public workers cannot rely on voters to be generous about their pensions and other benefits when so many of the voters’ own wages and benefits are suffering.

I am just going to get a fucking T-shirt that reads ASK ME WHAT DEFERRED COMPENSATION MEANS, so that I can start posting pictures of myself wearing it whenever somebody writes one of these stupid columns about overpaid teachers and firefighters who expect handouts from “the taxpayers” or in this case “the voters.” Public-sector workers, natch, not being voters, nor understanding how those fine upstanding citizens think.

On the day of Wisconsin’s recall election, for example, California voters in San Jose and San Diego decided to cut retirement benefits for current and future city workers. The measures easily passed with two-thirds of the vote in San Diego and 70 percent in San Jose. Since police and firefighters in San Jose, for example, reportedly can retire with 90 percent of their salary while some private-sector companies have eliminated pensions, voter backlash is not surprising.

Yes, because you get shot at by armed robbers often in the office park in the burbs, do you? Break up a lot of domestics over your donut break? Risk dying of smoke inhalation and/or massive burns to your entire body while on the treadmill at Bally’s? And while we’re on the subject, just because some middle manager at Intertrode or whatever doesn’t have a pension plan, how does that mandate that no one should have one? I don’t have a plane or a boat, but I really don’t have a problem with you owning either, so long as you shut the fuck up about how tough your life is in front of me, that is.

By the by, since the private sector is so very, very fiscally responsible, I suppose we’ll stop seeing stories about CEOs “exiting” companies they bankrupted, carrying severances so large they could invest in Facebook and still cure death in a year, right? Any day now?


7 thoughts on “‘Generous’ With Pensions

  1. It’s just class resentment. You just aren’t allowed to resent too far up the food chain. Sure, you can resent some poor bastard’s food stamps, but not your boss’s boss’s private jet.

  2. ” just because some middle manager at Intertrode or whatever doesn’t have a pension plan, how does that mandate that no one should have one?”
    As a member of the private sector workforce, I’d say it’s a failure of private sector workers to stand the fuck up for ourselves. Two weeks vacation a year and a 401K match are not nearly worth the hump-busting a lot of us put ourselves through.

  3. while some private-sector companies have eliminated pensions for non-executives

  4. Yes, let’s all hope for the day when we can enjoy the standard of living…in Mississippi.

  5. Oh, `scuse me, that one above was meant for SB’s post on El Bobo. But, it seems to fit here, too.

  6. Ol’ Bobo can kiss my lower middle-class ass.
    On the corner of Wall and Broad.
    At high noon.
    While he’s dressed in a clown suit.
    While standing on Ross Doubthat’s back so he can reach that high.
    And then I want a picture of it blown up to about six feet tall and placed in Pinch Sulzberger’s office so that he has to see it every time he looks up from his desk, so he cannot forget who hired this Homo dorkus maximus for his editorial page.

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