Tax Burden On John Q. Public series by Dr. B. Brooke

Retire At 75% Pay After 20 Years Work

The spending down of social capital has brought the common taxpayer to his knees. The inequality of public sector entitlement spending is lunacy. Public employees can retire at 20 years service and receive 75% pay. Many do just that.

The average private sector worker, meanwhile, has to slave at it for 45 years before retirement. A luck few who work for big corporations may get an early buyout chopping perhaps 5 years off their sentence.

If words are mere shadows cast by ideas, what does this government vs private sector inequality mean to us?

The idea that public government can and is feathering their nest to the hurt of the common man is real. Nest-feathering by those in power is sociopath competition against the average working man.

Numerals are images of real amounts. 1 out of 5 people working for government is a real statistic. That government takes 40% of our money and squanders much of it on high salaries and entitlements is a reality. The entitlement to early retirees they represent real money. The burden homeowner taxpayers faces are extraordinary.

Politicians appear hopeless in bringing about entitlement reform. Do they need to rubber stamp public job entitlement payout's? Politicians slobber after the votes from government employees and turn a blind eye cowering career scared to end the divide.

Our political representatives regardless of party, must demand parity with the private sector. If those who support the government with taxes have to work 45 years before retirement, why should not government employees? Demanding government workers to put in the equivalent number of years for equivalent pay and benefits would cut the cost in half for taxpayers.

Also, government pay standards need to match private sector pay standards. Often, government jobs pay twice as much as the private sector. Featherbedding and low productivity because of non-competitive initiatives in the work place is common. Every dollar that is spent to appease over pay and appease the 20 years and out at 75% pay crowd is a theft of our trust.

How To Slash 50% Off Government Payrolls ---- I want to see government workers pay and entitlement package match that of the employees of Sears, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Cosco ...

A fair tax solution to the common taxpaying homeowner is when government entitlements mimic the private sector. I hope for the day when our economy is so vibrant that all private sector employees have the option to retire at 75% pay after 20 years work.

But until the private sector work norm is a 20 year and retire at 75%, those governing need to work at the private sector norms. Entitlement programs for the public sector need to mirror the private sector. When government retires an employee in 20 years at 75% pay, they hire and replace him/her with another high priced employee. I want to see government workers pay and entitlement package match that of the employees of Sears, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Cosco your local cable TV or phone company. You get the idea.

Reducing government bureaucracy, making them work 45 years and forcing public sector budget restraints could slice over 50% off government payrolls. Lifting the financial burden off the backs of the common tax paying homeowner is the duty of a “public servant.”

What’s left?

Elect fire-in-the-belly reformers. Impeach the governors, elected officials and anyone that don’t focus on cutting government welfare. Those governing must stop tormenting taxpayers and enriching lawyers. Are they traitors to the voters who voted them in? There’s over 50% fat lying on the table to cut out. If the proportional size and cost of government doesn't shrink those elected are not doing their job.

It's all but impossible to fire them, impeach them or get them to do the job quickly. We need help. Any ideas?

Dr. B. Brooke

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