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Guns and Pensions

kmassey Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 9:20 AM
It is amasing how people on this site whine and complain about government workers being paid pensions. Government workers work like everybody else. Let policeman stop coming to your accidents and burglaries, let fireman stop coming and your house burn down and then we'll see how you whine. Put your life on the line day in and day out. Let it snow and no one plows your street. Let the government shut down and you not get mail and see how you whine. I'll also add the government workers are tax paiders too
Thasic Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 6:52 AM
No one is complaining that these people have pensions. They are complaining these people retire making more money than the average non-government worker still in the work force. And they retire at a very young age. With full benefits. I wish my job paid as well as most government retirement.
Tionico Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 9:33 PM
if cops would respond to accidents to simply take down information on the drivers, a few quick eyewitness accounts, and call the ambulance and tow truck, fine. WHY do they spend a hundred man hours measuring every little detail, sifting through the contents of every car, and so forth? That work is best left to the private sector. Why pay "public servants" to do that? And WHY do four fire trucks respond to a two car non0injury accident, and remain two hours walking about and looking. tieing up far more traffic than necessary, and keeping al that expensive, scarce, equipment tied up against a REAL fire cal? No wonder there are never enough machines to respond to FIRES.. they're all out there parked at some minor accident scene.
Tionico Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 9:33 PM
if cops would respond to accidents to simply take down information on the drivers, a few quick eyewitness accounts, and call the ambulance and tow truck, fine. WHY do they spend a hundred man hours measuring every little detail, sifting through the contents of every car, and so forth? That work is best left to the private sector. Why pay "public servants" to do that? And WHY do four fire trucks respond to a two car non0injury accident, and remain two hours walking about and looking. tieing up far more traffic than necessary, and keeping al that expensive, scarce, equipment tied up against a REAL fire cal? No wonder there are never enough machines to respond to FIRES.. they're all out there parked at some minor accident scene.
Tionico Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 9:36 PM
As to other "public servants", most of us would be far better off without their meddling, pontificating, lying, needless"inspections" etc. It must have taken forty man hours of county "resource development" clowns to decide the ditch on my property is the boundary of their imaginary "wetlands".. and fail to state which SIDE of the ditch is the real boundary. SO what? The first dweeb to arrive hadn't ever even read the Critical Areas Ordinance...... and SHE was the one in charge? On MY nickel? Fire ninety five percent of them.
Joan383 Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 7:12 PM
Government jobs, and I mean all gov't jobs, from the presidency down to dog catcher, are merely the bastion of hope for the otherwise unemployable. Its a place for those who don't want to break a sweat, get LOTS of paid days off, guaranteed raises and benefits and early and RICH retirement. And if they happen to ruin the day, week, month of a real taxpaying citizen in the process, so much the better. EVERYTHING they do for me, I can get done faster, cheaper and more efficiently in the private sector. They should all be laid off TODAY!
Lee465 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 4:31 PM
They don't plow the streets where I live. Cops respond to 911? What a joke! We have volunteer fire companies. If you've ever had to deal with government bureaucrats you realize that most of the people that work for the government are idiots. Then they retire early and collect a nice pension for longer than they worked. I include teachers in this group. I've talked to many high school kids that can only tell time with a digital clock and can't read a ruler.
A nation's choice between spending on military defense and spending on civilian goods has often been posed as "guns versus butter." But understanding the choices of many nations' political leaders might be helped by examining the contrast between their runaway spending on pensions while skimping on military defense.

Huge pensions for retired government workers can be found from small municipalities to national governments on both sides of the Atlantic. There is a reason. For elected officials, pensions are virtually the ideal thing to spend money on, politically speaking. Many kinds of spending of the taxpayers' money win votes from the recipients. But...