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  •  I can't say I'm surprised but it was still surreal (5+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, Jeff Y, Aunt Pat, tardis10, wsexson

    reading in the Oregonian their response to their interview with my father, who is the director of AFSCME Council 75, on public employee pension reforms.  Having my father publicly criticized is kind of shocking to my system, which is how it has affected me.  They are particularly obsessed with the issue, though.  My father is not one of the people pictured in the article, fwiw.  Those are Governor Kitzhaber on the left, John Mohlis, head of the building trades on the right, and someone I don't know in the middle.  It is interesting, though, that my father, who was involved in getting Kitzhaber to be governor all the way back in 1994, and was his campaign's adviser on the Public Employee Retirement System in the 2010 campaign, is now having to publicly disagree with him over the issue.  And not just because it is his job to represent his union members, but because he believes in it.

    I doubt he'll have the same falling out with Kitzhaber that he did with former Governor Kulongoski when Kulongoski went after their benefits, though.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 08:44:55 PM PST

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