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Sunday, August 14, 2005

God I Hate Bureaucrats

This was in yesterdays' newspaper. For any who wish to avoid the article, I'll give you the gist of the article.

The Colorado's Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) has paid out more than $2 million to former employees since 2000 in "banked" personal-leave time. Until this year, these employees could bank up to 52 weeks and then cash out at retirement or resignation.

But wait! That's not all. PERA has also spent nearly half a million dollars on new cars and car allowances in the past ten years.

But wait! That's not all. PERA has also promised some execs "longevity bonuses" that added up to 20 percent of their annual pay to their paychecks every three years.

But wait! That's not all. PERA also allows execs up to 12 weeks of sick days in addition to personal leave time.

These money-grubbing, piece-of-shit parasites work for the state. That's right, a gun is jammed in the face of every real taxpayer to pay for these leaches to fill up their taxpayer-purchased SUV's.

In Colorado there is an amendment to their constitution which states that all tax increases must be voted on. It is known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR. Conversely, the voters approved an amendment (Amendment 23) which guarantees school funding of inflation plus one percent. Due to the last recession and falling tax revenues, Colorado finds itself with a massive debt. In response to this debt, two referendums (C and D) will be voted on for the government to keep excess revenues to fund schools and other "essential" services.

I wonder if PERA is an "essential" service. I wonder how many other "essential" government agencies and programs have perks like PERA. These "essential" agencies, which includes the public schools, are screaming that the sky will fall if these referendums fail in November. Will the sky fall? The media and the "Republican" governor think so. Especially if one believes that decreasing expenditures when one has less money catastrophic. I wish I could just extort money when my cash reserves get low.

What a bunch of pricks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

demographics being what they are, how long before PERA goes the way of private sector pension plans?


8:12 AM

Blogger The Plumber said...

It won't happen unless the economy tanks. Public employees have the ability to coerce compliance. All these parasites have to do is threaten the taxpayers with stupid kids, old people eating dog food, and mental patients running loose in the streets and the dumb-ass voters will gladly hand over their wallets.

That is why we need this.

12:15 PM

Blogger Holly said...

Wow. My husband is a volunteer firefighter, and will be eligible for PERA if he puts in 10 years or more. Many of his firefighting buddies are Republican conservatives. Can't wait for them to know what true red-blodded conservatives think of their little retirement plan!

BWT - for the many, many hours volunteer firefighter give of their time UNPAID to the community for training, running calls, doing public service events, etc. (in addition to the long hours they already put into their paid jobs), to put in 10 years of these long hours is a pretty GOOD DEAL for the taxpayers for the pittance they may (or may not) get out of PERA, should they make it to 10 years.

10:10 PM

Blogger Holly said...

OK, so it is not wise to blog after drinking a glass of wine. I meant red-blooded, not red-blodded...

10:11 PM

Blogger The Plumber said...

Oh contrare!

Psychedelics & alchohol are essential to great writing. If you were a libertarian, any word you write and any way you write it, would be legitimate simply because you said so. I made up words frequently in school. I was never called on them by any teacher, whether in high school or the university.

Heck, I made up whole books for book reports: author, publisher, plot, characters, etc. starting in jr. high. I think I only read one book for a book report in six years, The World According to Garp

2:47 PM

Blogger Holly said...

LOL.... good to know!

9:51 PM


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