Sacrificial Scams

By the incomparable Ann Coulter
The real class warfare in this country isn’t rich  vs.  poor, it’s government employees vs. we, the taxpayers, who pay their   salaries. Working for the government is supposed to be a  trade-off: You  can’t be fired and don’t have to exert yourself, but you  will receive  smaller remuneration than in the private sector, where  layoffs are  common (especially in the Obama economy!). Instead,  government jobs are  safe, secure, pressure-free — and now, amazingly  lucrative!
Whether it’s in Wisconsin, Illinois, California or  the nation’s  capital, today’s public sector workers expect to do little  or no work  (I’m not counting partying in Las Vegas as “work”), and  then be lavishly  compensated. Often, the only heavy lifting they do all  week is picking  up their paychecks.
When government  employees mobbed the state capitol in Wisconsin  last year, the upside  was: They got to bully people. The downside:  Voters finally found out  what these public servants were being paid. Their compensation  included not only straight salary, but also  lavish overtime benefits,  pensions, health care plans, sick days and  vacation time (most of which  they spent protesting).
The unions thought they could fight  back against Gov. Scott  Walker’s tiny pension rollbacks without anyone  finding out the details.  Most people saw what public employees were  getting and assumed it was a  misprint. Two years ago, seven bus drivers in Madison, Wis., made more than $100,000 a year. A few years before that, we found out that the city manager of  little  Bell, Calif. — per capita annual income $24,800 — was making   $787,637, or including benefits: $1.5 million a year. The chief of   police was getting $457,000 a year — $770,046 counting benefits —   making him the first chief of police to commit highway robbery on the  job!  The assistant city manager was taking home $376,288 per year, for a   total compensation package of $845,960.

All were Democrats, the party of Big Government. Speaking  of which — whatever happened to that investigation  Gov. Jerry Brown  was launching into these thieving public servants  drawing  million-dollar pensions from California taxpayers? The Bell  scandal  broke during the California gubernatorial race between Meg  Whitman and  Jerry Brown, who was then state attorney general. Brown  vowed a  no-holds-barred inquiry. Anyone seen his report yet? Jerry Brown will demand to see Obama’s birth certificate before  he  will call for a rollback of these undeserved, million-dollar  government  pensions.

Less than 20 percent of private sector employees  get pensions.  Most people save their own money for retirement — for  example, through  401(k)s. By contrast, government employees expect to  be paid by us for  the rest of their lives.

Former  representative and amateur home pornographer Anthony  Weiner was a  member of Congress until he resigned last June in order to  spend more  time with his hard drive. He will probably end up collecting  about a  million dollars from his 80 percent taxpayer-funded government  pension.

These are the “1 percent” deserving of the public’s wrath:   We’re paying their salaries. We weren’t taxed to pay Mitt Romney’s   salary at Bain Capital. We aren’t taxed to pay the salaries of Jamie   Dimon or Alex Rodriguez. Anthony Weiner? Him, we pay for.

Government employees expect to live like something out of the  czar’s  court — and then have us admire them as if they’re Rosa Parks.

At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Barack and Michelle  Obama  both paid heartfelt tributes to themselves for passing up   money-grubbing private sector jobs to work in “public service.” In her speech, Michelle boasted that she had “tried to give back to this country.” “… That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in  public  service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their   communities.” She was hired by the University of Chicago  Hospital as soon as  her husband became a state senator. When he was  elected to the U.S.  Senate, her salary nearly tripled, from $121,910 to  $316,962 — and the  junior senator from Illinois returned the favor by  sending taxpayer  dollars the hospital’s way.

By Obama’s  second year in the U.S. Senate, in 2006, Michelle  Obama’s compensation  from “public service” was approximately $375,000 a  year — more than  triple the average salary for a lawyer in the United  States with 20  years’ experience. (America to the Obamas: “You two have sacrificed enough. Please retire and kick back a little!”)

Vice President Joe Biden, long touted as the poorest U.S.  senator,  took home $248,459 in household income in 2006, including his  public  school teacher wife’s salary, also paid by taxpayers. In 2007,  these  working poor made $319,853. This puts the couple nearly into the  top 1  percent of all earners in the U.S., where the median household  income  was $48,201 in 2006 and $50,233 in 2007. A career in “public service” pays well.


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