Monday, March 23, 2009

Deval targets pension loopholes

Reported in the Globe over the weekend was another in a long list of unethical and somewhat outrageous retirement policies while the State is awash in financial trouble. While I will never begrudge a working man his just due after 30 years on the job, the abuses never seem to stop. Moe seem to be trying to get something for nothing. Volunteering at a library is not what I call working for the pension. And Mr. Simmons, Devals pick for Stimulus Czar, is getting the most out of the system, for getting fired from the State years ago. While only 1 in every 500 employee of the 50,000 that are in the system, take home more than 100,000 a year, the continual spotlight on the abuses and years of politicians saying there would be change, it's seems very unlikely that any meaningful reform will come of this. We all know, who is making the political contributions and to whom, as we also know, the Reps from this area will never get behind any reform of any kind, including Deval, because it will mean votes in 2010. Check out on the OCPF web site (address to the left) and see if your rep gets money from the Carmens unions.

This move is more smoke and mirrors to detract us from the more serious issue of increased tolls and gas tax. He's still doing "damage control" over the resent appointment of Senator Walsh and Alisoi's sister, which he claims is trivial, but it's not trivial with the public, and he will have to account for this move later, if he doesn't stop it now.


At March 23, 2009 at 10:31 PM , Blogger J. Price said...

The circus goes on and on. No 3 rings here in MA. We have hundreds of rings and more surprises in every one. Painfully obvious that the thiefs are runing this state. How do we get them to stop? Anyone know where Wyatt Eaarp is these days?

At March 24, 2009 at 8:50 AM , Blogger Linda and George said...

"Continual spotlight on abuses", isn't that part of the problem? We are hearing about this so much, and so often, that we have almost become immune to it. Abuse after abuse after abuse of power and the system, and pretty soon, the abuse seems to be the norm, and not the exception. In MA, I guess it is the norm, but does that make it right? I don't think so and I bet most of you don't either. But we are not going to se any change with the current political machine in office. They all need to go, from the top down. If even one stays, that one bad apple will corrupt the whole barrel. Let's get a grown swell of interest in the next elections started now, and maybe, just maybe, Jim's idea of taking back control will become a reality. But don't kid yourself, unless we get everyone involved, that is never going to happen.

At March 26, 2009 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

We could use a Wyatt or a Jesse James or perhaps Robin Hood, to steal back our State Government from those who continue to abuse it.

This may not even happen, pension reform, this year. There are so many groups of people involved in getting outrageous pensions, and the people ready to get pensions, that they alone along with a weak and unethical State House could prevent this from ever coming to the floor for a vote.

I know.. it sucks and I'm tired of writing about it... but we all need a reminder, for in just 18 months, we will be voting again


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