|Cover of George Orwell's Animal Farm|
Before we start, let me ask you a few questions. How many hours do you work a day? How much do you bring home before taxes? After taxes, what percentage is left. How many hours of work is the government taking from you?
A certain percentage of your labor is going to people in government, who want to retire early, do nothing, and play golf.
And, I have more bad news. The government is only going to take more from you and from me, because they're corrupt, don't want to work, and are incompetent. And a number of these public officials and administrators are set to retire soon.
On December 30, 2016, the LA Times talked about how the retired South El Monte City Manager, James Mussenden is bringing home somewhere between $250,000 to $300,000 a year. Before benefits, he's bringing home $216,000 a year. After taxes, that means, every two weeks, he's bringing home $6,000. That's $12,000 a month. You can read the article here: LA Times Pensions Article on El Monte
Here's the best part of his scam. What work is he doing for it?
None. He's retired. According to him, he's making more in retirement than when he was working.
Let's think about that. He's saying he's getting paid more for doing nothing, than when he actually worked. Does that make sense to you?
But the worst part of all this, is who is paying for him to golf in Scotland and make so much? It's us. We have to pay for it.
So, these public officials and administrators are telling us that they could work several years for a city (which already only works four days a week). Then they could go home and rest for the rest of their lives on a big, fatty paycheck. And we have to work until we're 80, because they're going to increase taxes, so that all of them could live in luxury.
In my book, that's called stealing.
Anyways, Millennials and baby busters (Gen Xers) have a lifetime of work to look forward to, so that the lazy, incompetent, and corrupt don't have to work. We work; so they play.
As it's been said in Animal Farm, “Let's face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.”