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  •  "Everyone else is screwed, why not you too" (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, chimene

    Seems to be the motto, when the real point is that neither government nor private sector employees should be left holding the bag because a few thousand bankers tore the economy apart.

    If you find that a certain group of people is faring less poorly than you are, the proper question to ask is not "Why are they getting those perks?" but instead "Why am I NOT getting them?"

    Nobody becomes wealthy by taking public sector employment. There is a trade-off involved (I can speak of this with some authority having been in the public sector virtually my entire working life): In exchange for not receiving really high compensation, you receive job security, predictability of pay and the assurance that you won't starve when you retire. Which is why, when you're denied the things you thought you were making a bargain for, you're bound to be a bit peeved.

    Were I to be laid off at the end of March, not only do I not get paid; because I'm still employed (but not compensated) I have to obey the rules of that employment which, in my case, involve not taking any work related in any way to the sorts of things I've been trained for. This has been interpreted by our counsel as meaning that in general, I can't take ANY outside work at all.

    •  that's not what i heard when i was canvassing (0+ / 0-)

      people who got laid off. from the private sector.
      here in NJ anyway?
      their local property keep skyrocketing up and up, and they can't afford it anymore due to a lack of income.
      the property taxes in NJ pay for our entire school system, pensions of part time and full time state workers, etc. etc. etc.
      people need to stop actling like people hurting for a paycheck are Koch Brothers like trying to make everyone else suffer.

      We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear. Robert Louis Stevenson

      by Christin on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:26:16 PM PDT

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