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Pinhead Bureaucrats Threaten Family with Possible Prison Sentence for Rescuing a Baby Deer

PhillupSpace2 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 4:13 AM
Victor Davis Hanson a neighbor of sorts gives us this jewel about California. Finally, there is California’s huge affluent public work force. It is the new aristocracy; LANDING A JOB WITH THE STATE IS LIKE HITTING THE LOTTERY! Californians have discovered that, in today’s low/non-interest economy, a $70,000 salary with defined benefit public pension for life is far better than having the income from a lifetime savings of $3 million. Or, look at it another way: with passbooks paying 1%, the successful private accountant or lawyer could PUT AWAY $10,000.00 A MONTH FOR THIRTY YEARS of his productive career and still not match the monthly retirement income of the California transportation worker who quit at age 60 after modest contributions,

As a public finance economist, I normally focus on big-picture arguments against excessive government.

If the public sector is too large, for instance, that undermines economic growth by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy.

The damage is then compounded by a needlessly destructive and punitive tax system.

But I’ve also discovered that it helps to personalize the analysis by pointing out examples of ridiculous and wasteful behavior by government.