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Big Lies In Little Wisconsin – Taxpayers Contribute ZERO, Zilch, Nada To Public Employee Pensions!

I just read this article over at Forbes about the big freakin lie that Governor Scott Walker and the “librul” media, cough, spit, choke have been pushing. It has even inspired commercials and campaigns all based on that lie. Here are some details from Rick Ungar at Forbes, with help from tax.com…

Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter, David Cay Johnston, has written a brilliant piece for tax.com exposing the truth about who really pays for the pension and benefits for public employees in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to “contribute more” to their pension and health insurance plans. Accepting Gov. Walker’ s assertions as fact, and failing to check, creates the impression that somehow the workers are getting something extra, a gift from taxpayers. They are not. Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.

Via tax.com

Got that, all the bullshit about “contributing more” to their pensions is a big lie. They already contribute 100% to their own pensions, taxpayers have nothing to do with it. Now as Rick Ungar put in his piece, if you want to call it a pay cut, go ahead, but misleading the public into thinking that taxpayers are paying for the workers pensions has to stop. The lie has been exposed and Bob Cesca said it best at his Awesome Blog! Go!…

The apologies and corrections are forthcoming in 5… 4… 3…

No?

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February 26, 2011 - Posted by | Politics | ,

3 Comments »

  1. When it comes to public vs private labor wages, those with college degrees most often earn more in the PRIVATE sector. In Wisconsin, public workers make 9.1% LESS. $51,921 compared to an equivalent job in the private sector which averages $57,113. Sadly, Texas ranks 49th with public jobs paying 27.9% LESS than private sector jobs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/26/us/26salaries-table.html?ref=us

    College professors average salary in the nation’s public schools is $60,000 but professors in private colleges/universities earn an average $62,305….FOUR PERCENT MORE.

    Secretaries in government offices earn a national average $33,104 compared to the same job in the private sector, $36,735….ELEVEN PERCENT MORE!

    One area where government workers make more is janitorial work where the average wage is $24,922 compared to janitors in the private sector who make only $23,000….so government janitors make ELEVEN PERCENT MORE.

    http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/02/25/us/20110226_salaries_graphic.html?ref=us

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. Newly elected, extreme Illinois teabagger, Rep. Joe Walsh, was on MSNBC today giving his total support to Gov. Walker. Walsh says he living true to his right-wing campaign plank and bragged about turning down government health care insurance for him and his family, He said his wife just had an expensive “procedure” last week in a hospital and said that he will pay for the medical bills himself. Evidently he doesn’t have private health insurance to cover what he described as her pre-existing condition. It’s nice he can afford to self-insure, unlike millions of Americans.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/us/politics/26cncwarren.html?_r=2

    Walsh is also “saving the people’s money” by sleeping in his House Office Building office.
    His wife and five children stay back in their McHenry, Illinois home.

    BTW, Walsh barely won his job in Congress, getting only 48.5% of the vote to 48.3% with the Green Party skimming off 3.2%. He beat incumbent Melissa Bean in a district that went 56% for Obama. In fact the Illinois 8th district (one of the wealthiest in the state) has been in mostly Democratic hands for all but 14 of the past 100 years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Walsh_%28Illinois_politician%29

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. Think Progress has up an article about TEN THINGS hidden in Gov. Walker’s bill that are being overlooked (if you can even find them in the many pages of fine print). We may have known that Walker wants to see the public power plants, possibly NO-BID (and possibly to the Koch Brothers who are in the energy business?).

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/26/report-top-10-disastrous-policies-from-the-wisconsin-gop-you-havent-heard-about/

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 28, 2011 | Reply


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