It’s come to this: Some California civil servants making close to $1 million per year

posted at 9:59 pm on July 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Welcome to the city of Bell. Average income: $24,800, $8,000 less than the national average. Public debt per capita: $1,972, up from $599 six years ago. Average wage for the city’s leaders?

Well, that’s where things get nuanced.

An overflow crowd packed a City Council meeting in Bell, a mostly Hispanic city of 38,000 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, to call for the resignation of Mayor Oscar Hernandez and other city officials. Residents left standing outside the chamber banged on the doors and shouted “fuera,” or “get out” in Spanish.

It was the first council meeting since the Los Angeles Times reported July 15 that Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo earns $787,637 — with annual 12 percent raises — and that Bell pays its police chief $457,000, more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck makes in a city of 3.8 million people. Bell council members earn almost $100,000 for part-time work…

Bell’s general fund revenue declined 4.6 percent to $14.1 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009, according to the city’s financial statement. The city’s expenses rose 2.3 percent to $15.9 million in same period.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has begun an inquiry into Bell council member pay, according to Dave Demerjian, head of the office’s Public Integrity Division. He said Bell council members were receiving $8,083 a month, mostly by serving on city-related commissions…

“It seems obscene to me,” De La Torre said in a telephone interview. “People making $30,000 a year are paying taxes so that their council members can make $80,000.”

Mayor Hernandez’s defense: “Our streets are cleaner, we have lovely parks, better lighting throughout the area, our community is better.” Worth every penny, baby. As enraged as most of you will be by this, you really should be grateful: This is precisely the sort of jawdropping freak-show case of government at the trough that concentrates the average voter’s mind on spending. A hundred posts about the myriad ways in which the public sector is fleecing the private sector aren’t as effective as one news story about a poor little city struggling to keep its municipal overlords rolling in dough. Thanks, Rizzo!

My friends, I fear there’s only one man capable of dealing with this situation. Via Cubachi…


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There is not one individual that works for the government that should make anything remotely near one million.

Inanemergencydial on July 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

How long before this whole country goes right down the crapper? Maybe there is something to this end of the world in 2012 business after all…

rollthedice on July 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Well, that’s the gig I was shootin’ for, until this doofus ruined it.

DAMMIT.

tree hugging sister on July 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

“Our streets are cleaner, we have lovely parks, better lighting throughout the area, our community is better.”

In other words, you’d think that the citizens would be thanking them.

BTW, I think the President makes only $400K a year, IIRC….

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Mayor Hernandez’s defense: “Our streets are cleaner, we have lovely parks, better lighting throughout the area, our community is better.”

He’s a Democrat. So we know that everything said there is a bald faced lie.

AUINSC on July 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM

It’s a good gig, if you can get it.

SlaveDog on July 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM

New Jersey: More than just guidos.

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Things like this used to make me mad.

But it’s California. They deserve it.

WisCon on July 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Almost all US senators are millionaires.

William Amos on July 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

No, say it ain’t so!
Mexican corruption…
…metastasized to California. /feigned shock
At least Arizona is putting up a fight, unlike California which surrendered quicker than France.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Doesn’t the President only make like $400k ?

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

I missed the political affiliation of the mayor…couldn’t find it in the article…curious.

Bishop on July 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Bravo to the transparent, elected officials of Bell. Unlike most politicians who seek personal enrichment through elected office – along with the joy of spending others’ money – these folks are making their taxpayer looting completely transparent. It is brazen and refreshingly honest. (And despicable.)

grgeil on July 20, 2010 at 10:13 PM

“Our streets are cleaner, we have lovely parks, better lighting throughout the area, our community is better.”

So you cleaned up the “house” for all the homeless families in this economy. Sweet!

Electrongod on July 20, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Seriously, how did they get salaries like this without the public noticing?

These public “SERVANTS” need to be hung in the town square. They should also be required to reimburse the citizens every penny they took in the form of “salary”.

ramrants on July 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Paging Mr. Pay Czar. Mr. Pay Czar, please pick up the green phone. STAT!

txag92 on July 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM

John and Ken of KFI have been all over this for a while.

http://www.johnandkenshow.com/

This is just more insanity.

CWforFreedom on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM

How about the LA times also conduct an investigation into the salaries/benefits of the CSU/UC heads. Add the CA legislature in as well. Very very bad.

arnold ziffel on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Doesn’t the President only make like $400k ?

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

But think of all the vacation time.

CWforFreedom on July 20, 2010 at 10:16 PM

There is no doubt this is obscene…

d1carter on July 20, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Seriously, how did they get salaries like this without the public noticing?

These public “SERVANTS” need to be hung in the town square. They should also be required to reimburse the citizens every penny they took in the form of “salary”.

ramrants on July 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Some of them had been getting paid well for a while.

CWforFreedom on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Someone left the “irony” on…

… Crap like this is why millions of people are leaving Mexico.

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Wow! I was stunned a couple of months ago when I read that prison guard in CA made more the $100,000. I guess it’s not really surprising they are going belly up.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 PM

It’s the Dem model for the entire country. No sense in gloating…the entire country is headed that way supersonic like.

AUINSC on July 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM

What a hoot. Take the Christie clip to exactly 1:30. At 1:26, he says “it’s not because of my charm and good looks.” Obligatory laughs all around. Then…don’t know how sub-conscious it is, but look at the expression on the lady off his left shoulder at 1:30 Priceless.

TubbyHubby on July 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Adams said he had been brought in to end corruption in Bell’s police department.

How many police officers do you need for a town of 38K? 7, 10 at the most? How much “corruption” can there be with 7 or 10 police officers? And what kind of corruption are we talking about…..fleecing the citizens of their money?

I want to know more about this “corruption” that they needed to pay someone $500K to fix.

ramrants on July 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM

They are a bunch of crooks. There are all these little cities around LA that have their own alternative reality. In one of them, some store front acupuncturist school gave the entire city council honorary doctorates. They then insisted on being addressed as Dr. so and so. I sh*t you not! LOL

Blake on July 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Civil masters my good man- they ceased to be civil, servants, or serviceable many, many years ago.

abobo on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

AUINSC on July 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM

So I am going to make big bucks before I die? Bring it socialist, it beats trying to win the lottery./

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Someone left the “irony” on…

… Crap like this is why millions of people are leaving Mexico.

Seven Percent Solution on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 PM

More irony; as much as you despise the ‘pie’ view of economics, millions have left Mexico because they knew the rich had taken such big slices there was little left for anyone else. Same for immigrants from all over the world.

On another note, about all CA has over Mexico is a slightly better drug situation and better infrastructure. Neither is going to last much longer at this rate.

Dark-Star on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

This is the self servant class of workers.

Mojave Mark on July 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Oh yeah, baby..as long as you aren’t one of those fat-cat Rethuglicans…you aren’t, are you?

AUINSC on July 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I worked my first job at a Jack in the Box in Bell 30 years ago. It was already turning into a dangerous city at that time. Someone had been shot there about a week before I started. I didn’t tell my mom because I knew she would want me to quit!

Rose on July 20, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Whatever happened to public….SERVICE? as in public servants actually, oh I don’t know…SERVING THE PUBLIC?

Sekhmet on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Bell… Nice little city… with some VERY OVERPAID people running it…

Regarding John and Ken on KFI (AM 640 in LA): no surprise that they are reporting it (I’m a member of the John and Ken “mob”)…

Khun Joe on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

as much as you despise the ‘pie’ view of economics, millions have left Mexico because they knew the rich had taken such big slices there was little left for anyone else.
Dark-Star on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

What a perverse view of reality.

The ‘pie’ isn’t fixed…The ‘game’ is.

This is a function of corruption. Mexico is a corruptocrat narcostate. The United States is rapidly approaching Mexico levels of corruption, due to leftist democrat policy, no less.

Inanemergencydial on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Los Angeles City Clowncil salary… $178,789

The Ugly American on July 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM

This is a throw-the-bums-out emergency!

When you need help,

and if you can find them,

you call the A-Team.

Christie
Allahpundit
Ed
Doctor Zero

Any one of them could run the entire town.

BemusedMalkinite on July 20, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Wow! I was stunned a couple of months ago when I read that prison guard in CA made more the $100,000. I guess it’s not really surprising they are going belly up.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Same thing here in NY.

heshtesh on July 20, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Any one of them could run the entire town.

BemusedMalkinite on July 20, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Please. On a normal day, AP probably doesn’t even get dressed.

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:40 PM

AUINSC on July 20, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Sssshhhh! You’re killing the dream.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM

What a hoot. Take the Christie clip to exactly 1:30. At 1:26, he says “it’s not because of my charm and good looks.” Obligatory laughs all around. Then…don’t know how sub-conscious it is, but look at the expression on the lady off his left shoulder at 1:30 Priceless.

TubbyHubby on July 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM

That would be Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno eying the Rockstar.

CTSherman on July 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Please. On a normal day, AP probably doesn’t even get dressed.

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Very harsh.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Dark-Star on July 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I live in Southern California…

… I’ve witnessed the invasion, demographic change, and following corruption for the past 45 years.

Where have you been?

Seven Percent Solution on July 20, 2010 at 10:44 PM

How many police officers do you need for a town of 38K? 7, 10 at the most? How much “corruption” can there be with 7 or 10 police officers? And what kind of corruption are we talking about…..fleecing the citizens of their money?

I want to know more about this “corruption” that they needed to pay someone $500K to fix.

ramrants on July 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM

For a little perspective the big city where i live in NY state has a population of approx 25,000 and we have at least 30 officers and a tax base that would make your hair stand on end.

heshtesh on July 20, 2010 at 10:47 PM

The End.

That’s not the end. This is the end:

Stockton CA Police Disband Their Anti-Narcotics Unit

The budget battle in Stockton has moved from ugly to downright scary.

Today, the Stockton Police Department dropped this bomb,“We absolutely do not have any narcotics officers, narcotics sergeants working any kind of investigative narcotics type cases at this point in time,” said Officer Pete Smith.

Mike Honcho on July 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Very harsh.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM

You didn’t disagree :P

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

lorien1973 on July 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

No, I laughed. I stood up for him twice today, I am way over my limit.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:54 PM

All those little cities outside of LA are dominated by predominantly illegals and ruled by the Dems and the SEIU on a freaking plantation.

They have been corrupt for years. They are the BASE of the Democrats. This is our future if we don’t wake up and realize it.

PattyJ on July 20, 2010 at 10:55 PM

“Our streets are cleaner, we have lovely parks, better lighting throughout the area, our community is better.”

Then redistribute some of that wealth away from the politicians and spread it around to the street cleaners, park workers, and maintenance crews who have earned it.

Laura in Maryland on July 20, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Name that party!

The mayor is a democrat. The city council is mostly democrats. The chief admin officer is a democrat! Their state rep is democrat. Their state senator is a democrat AND – (wait for it) – Bell’s congressional rep is a democrat.

OH. And last year a METH LAB was discovered on a property owned by Bell’s mayor.

But journolist says there’s nothing to see here. Move along, citizens.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Como se dice “Tea Party” en espanol!?

Dash on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Como se dice “Tea Party” en espanol!?

Dash on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Teh Fiesta!

Inanemergencydial on July 20, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Inner city welfare recipients and union members – especially government union members.

Throw in illegal aliens being promised amnesty?

Obama’s civilian army.

BowHuntingTexas on July 20, 2010 at 10:59 PM

From the JFK era, Sheriff Deputy Barney Fife complains about his low wages

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EA2D43A21AEF448C&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=0sMp8W8WpGs

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Como se dice “Tea Party” en espanol!?

Dash on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Los Racistos…not to be confused with the racists at La Raza.

Laura in Maryland on July 20, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Democrats are the worst people in the world. Even when they have the whole community and are running it, they have to screw the people. And I’m talking about the democratic people living in these communities and they don’t even know what is going on in their own back yards. That is why they are such despicable people. They’re just idiots. Then you bring it to their attention, and they turn on you like you’re some kind of a dumbbell.

Mirimichi on July 20, 2010 at 11:09 PM

No wonder the Democrats don’t mind paying taxes. When you earn ten times more than you deserve, even at a 50% tax rate you come out ahead.

fogw on July 20, 2010 at 11:11 PM

man i wish Christie would run in 2012…

equanimous on July 20, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Bringing the Third World to the United States one corrupt politician at a time…

Your tax dollars at work…since we are bailing out California whether we like it or not.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Bringing the Third World to the United States one corrupt politician at a time…

Your tax dollars at work…since we are bailing out California whether we like it or not.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM

That just hurts, realizing everyday they are using my money for my own destruction. Wish people would really wake up to this, everywhere!

bluemarlin on July 20, 2010 at 11:26 PM

In Madison, WI last year, the highest paid city employee was a bus driver who made almost $160,000 …

PackerBronco on July 20, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Do you people have any idea how much it costs to live in California?

Sheesh.

/CA overpaid public employee rant

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Can you imagine the black-line budget the US would have if every bureaucrat suddenly died? Greece would be dry humping us.

Coronagold on July 20, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Yeah. Sure. Californians are outraged. Puhleeze! They’re not outraged, they’re all trying to figure out how they can get a gig working for the government.

If they were truly outraged they would have dumped the liberals by now and started voting in fiscally conservative candidates.

ButterflyDragon on July 20, 2010 at 11:35 PM

just wow! There can’t be any question above his paygrade.

tommer74 on July 20, 2010 at 11:42 PM

It’s come to this: Some California civil servants making close to $1 million per year

Absolutely, unequivocally unacceptable. Period. If Øbama tries to bail out California, or any other variety of this public union pension crap, there will be hell to pay. Hell to pay, pure hell. Guaranteed.

petefrt on July 20, 2010 at 11:46 PM

No problem. We’ll just — raise the sales tax! Oh, done it. Tax soda pop! Oh wait. Raise personal income taxes. Again.

Cicero43 on July 20, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Tea Ba**ers???

Been following this on Univision since last week. Its funny, because if these people weren’t speaking Spanish and did not have brown skin, the MSM would call them racists.

But the narrative has changed here… The city is furious, and its all about taxes.

El_Terrible on July 21, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Can we bring back tarring and feathering yet?

I’d say the useful idiots of kalifornia deserve this but I know there are voters who didn’t vote for this and I wouldn’t wish this imposed on anybody except for those who voted for it but it doesn’t work that way sadly.

Yakko77 on July 21, 2010 at 12:14 AM

As far as the Los Angeles Times goes, the the biggest mistake the officials in Bell made was in not having a city that was too big to fail — i.e., there’s tons of corruption in larger cities in the Times’ reading area, especially Los Angeles itself. But going after officials in those cities would be a more direct attack both on Democratic politicians and the union members and leaders who keep those politicians in office.

Better to glance elsewhere until you find a big, fat sitting duck of a target like Bell, where uncovering the blatent corruption will overturn the local apple cart, but really isn’t going to make much of a difference in weeding out similar types of bloated government salaries in the larger cities in Southern California.

jon1979 on July 21, 2010 at 12:25 AM

What’s new? My business is getting audited by the Dept. Of Labor and the investigator showed up in a new S-class ($80,000+) Mercedes. He also mentioned is wife didn’t work and he had one kid in college and one in a private school. What kind of money do you think he is pulling down?

ReaganWasRight on July 21, 2010 at 12:31 AM

ReaganWasRight on July 21, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Did he ask about the envelope yet?

chemman on July 21, 2010 at 12:43 AM

This is what many of the expert talking heads simply do not understand.

As we move to socialism, we will NOT be moving to a European style one, we will be moving to a Mexican one!

All corruption all the time. Here we have the perfect example. A small community that has few actual voters. The few that vote put in people that take care of the government people to excess. The large number of illegals are nicely counted in the census so that ‘appropriate’ money can be distributed to this same city government. The people living there have no say and pay no taxes, consequently they mostly do not care.

No doubt there will be a quiet payoff to the handfull of loudmouths and life will go on.

PS: That LA county investigation is a total joke. Unless the mayor of LA wants a cut as well.

Crooked is as crooked does.

Freddy on July 21, 2010 at 12:44 AM

What’s new? My business is getting audited by the Dept. Of Labor and the investigator showed up in a new S-class ($80,000+) Mercedes. He also mentioned is wife didn’t work and he had one kid in college and one in a private school. What kind of money do you think he is pulling down?

ReaganWasRight on July 21, 2010 at 12:31 AM

But I’ll bet in typical Obama fashion he had the nerve to tell someone at your company they make too much or are too successful.

Yakko77 on July 21, 2010 at 12:44 AM

My pitchfork only costs $15.

John the Libertarian on July 21, 2010 at 12:50 AM

But I’ll bet in typical Obama fashion he had the nerve to tell someone at your company they make too much or are too successful.

Yakko77 on July 21, 2010 at 12:44 AM

One of my employees said he actually asked if they were satisfied with their pay. What the hell kind of question is that? I wish he’d ask me that. I’d tell him I’d like to make more, but I spend all my money fighting OSHA, the IRS and the DOL.

ReaganWasRight on July 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Name that party!

The mayor is a democrat. The city council is mostly democrats. The chief admin officer is a democrat! Their state rep is democrat. Their state senator is a democrat AND – (wait for it) – Bell’s congressional rep is a democrat.

OH. And last year a METH LAB was discovered on a property owned by Bell’s mayor.

But journolist says there’s nothing to see here. Move along, citizens.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

And they have the gall to say that Alvin Greene’s primary victory is some kind of anomaly.

democrat = low information voter

pedestrian on July 21, 2010 at 3:35 AM

No one would ever say “I think I will move to Bell, it’s such a beautiful city.” Basically you go there for low rent, and “cheap” housing…of course you have to have bars on your windows.

right2bright on July 21, 2010 at 3:55 AM

No, say it ain’t so!
Mexican corruption…
…metastasized to California. /feigned shock
At least Arizona is putting up a fight, unlike California which surrendered quicker than France.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Check out the ad our allegedly Republican candidate for governor is running here in California: “Whitman opposes Arizona law in pitch to Latinos”

Django on July 21, 2010 at 4:55 AM

All over America, I hope, we will start seeing stories like this one. I only hope people haven’t lost the capacity to be outraged!

Christie’s aura got a little tarnished last week- he caved to Democrats and gutted his tax cap proposal, the centerpiece of his battle to control Democrat spending growth.

MTF on July 21, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Who cares?

It’s California. The land of fruits, nuts, and salad-heads.

Let the whole damn state go T.U. financially, then sell it to Mexico for a pittance. Or just let them have it for free.

Once again, who cares?

Nobody that matters, I can assure you.

Dave R. on July 21, 2010 at 5:29 AM

“It seems obscene to me,” De La Torre said in a telephone interview. “People making $30,000 a year are paying taxes so that their council members can make $80,000.”

It is obscene and stupid and impossible to sustain.

Terrye on July 21, 2010 at 6:55 AM

It’s a Kleptocracy.

Jaibones on July 21, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Hernandez is a ruler, not a mayor. Don’t the townn people get that? They’re supposed to be the serfs.

darwin on July 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Note that Rizzo makes (almost exactly) twice the salary of the POTUS.

But the big question is… how in God’s name did they keep this a secret for so long? At some point (maybe when his salary went over the $200K mark), don’t you think somebody would step up and say “that is out of line with public service salaries”? I would be interested to know how it came to light in this case.

lionheart on July 21, 2010 at 8:51 AM

The End.

This is not the end.

The end will come, when the Federal Government tries to force Texas and the other red states to bail out California and the other bankrupt blue states, who are broke because of nonsense like this.

Rebar on July 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM

No offense to my hubby, but I’m in love!

College Prof on July 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I meant with Christie. Duh, sorry.

College Prof on July 21, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Why would I be outraged. Dumb@$$es get what dumb@$$es vote for. It’s a free country.

Besides the important thing in California is their position on boycotting Arizona. Nothing else matters.

MNHawk on July 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Rodarte said residents were mocked and degraded by council members when they protested the Maywood deal, but they’re not going to back down again. She’s now signed on with the Bell Assn. to Stop the Abuse (or BASTA, which means “enough” in Spanish), and along with Garcia, her ally from Bell Gardens, she’s trying to organize such a movement across southeast L.A. County.

It’s a Spanish language Tea Party! Will the media mock them too and accuse them of violence?

PattyJ on July 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Absolute theft. I’d guess that the city has low voter turnout and that the Democrat Party machine controls the votes of those who do turn out — and so they have voted themselves some very comfortable privileges at the expense of all the taxpayers in their city. I hope there may be an investigation of these scum to see if there has been any election games or laws violated.

EasyEight on July 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Most California cities are run by the public employee unions. They heavily finance handpicked candidates. They use special elections a lot, since those are days when the turnout will be low and heavy union turnout can carry the day.

Teachers in my area earn about $80K. Firefighters and police over $100. They can retire at 55 with 90% of their last year’s salary, and have medical care for life. By cashing in stored up vacation (they get amazing amounts), they can boost that last year’s salary a lot, and reap the rewards for the rest of their lives.

theCork on July 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Actually, firefighters and police can retire at 50. I believe teachers have to wait to 55.

theCork on July 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Whatever happened to public….SERVICE? as in public servants actually, oh I don’t know…SERVING THE PUBLIC?

Sekhmet on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM

They are our masters. They take what they like with law and gun, and each year they gimmick the vote more. Remember, the Robin Hood tale was a tax revolt.

theCork on July 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Funny you should mention Christic. Here in NJ, even the state’s liberal newspapers (sorry for the redundancy) have been enthralling us with tales of exactly that sort of taxpayer rip-off.

Paul_in_NJ on July 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

That makes the 2000 version of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin government look like pikers – they merely decided to grab million-dollar pension backdrops and enhancers that made their pensions equal to their highest salaries.

steveegg on July 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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