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Perhaps it was unclear--employees paid 1% of every check for all the years they were employed.
Illinois 'producers' benefited from the underfunding of the pension plan for decades. Citizens had artificially low income tax rates of 2-3% for decades while the State paid the education, transportation and social service bills with employee pension contributions.
The Medicare rate is 1.45%, so 1% is comparable. The total pension contribution was around 9%. But answer the question: Would it be fair to ask your parents to pay the entire Medicare premium tomorrow?
The article fails to mention that the Illinois legislature shorted payments into the employees pension plan for decades. And that Rauner wants to eliminate subsidies to pensioners' health care, many of whom have modest incomes and paid 1% toward their retiree health insurance from every check. Would it be fair if the federal government stopped the Medicare program, citing the "police powers" of the government? Next time, write a more balanced article.
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Damaging Admissions

Sally228 Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 11:04 AM
Abolish tenure, especially in social sciences, journalism and humanities.
Don't forget the collusion of Columbia and Harvard.
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President Obama's Redistributionomics

Sally228 Wrote: Feb 15, 2015 7:22 AM
The voting public----especially foolish single women looking for a smooth-talking man who promises them everything.
Eliminate university professors' tenure too.
Students should pay double for remedial courses like Basic Math. The taxpayers have paid for them many times over. If the cost were high, students would pay attention in high school.
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The Cross Examined College Prep Course

Sally228 Wrote: Jan 12, 2015 5:34 AM
"he might end up going to that secular school and making a real difference with his peers."----- Adults need to abolish tenure for professors, rather than expect their children to stand up under indoctrination. Where are the adults?
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