The Real “1 Percent” Deserving of the Public’s Wrath

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Jerry Brown will demand to see Obama’s birth certificate before he will call for a rollback of these undeserved, million-dollar government pensions.

Less than 20 percent of private sector employees get pensions. Most people save their own money for retirement — for example, through 401(k)s. By contrast, government employees expect to be paid by us for the rest of their lives.

Former representative and amateur home pornographer Anthony Weiner was a member of Congress until he resigned last June in order to spend more time with his hard drive. He will probably end up collecting about a million dollars from his 80 percent taxpayer-funded government pension.

These are the “1 percent” deserving of the public’s wrath: We’re paying their salaries. We weren’t taxed to pay Mitt Romney’s salary at Bain Capital. We aren’t taxed to pay the salaries of Jamie Dimon or Alex Rodriguez. Anthony Weiner? Him, we pay for.

Government employees expect to live like something out of the czar’s court — and then have us admire them as if they’re Rosa Parks.

At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Barack and Michelle Obama both paid heartfelt tributes to themselves for passing up money-grubbing private sector jobs to work in “public service.”

In her speech, Michelle boasted that she had “tried to give back to this country.”

“… That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities.”

She was hired by the University of Chicago Hospital as soon as her husband became a state senator. When he was elected to the U.S. Senate, her salary nearly tripled, from $121,910 to $316,962 — and the junior senator from Illinois returned the favor by sending taxpayer dollars the hospital’s way.

By Obama’s second year in the U.S. Senate, in 2006, Michelle Obama’s compensation from “public service” was approximately $375,000 a year — more than triple the average salary for a lawyer in the United States with 20 years’ experience.

(America to the Obamas: “You two have sacrificed enough. Please retire and kick back a little!”)

Vice President Joe Biden, long touted as the poorest U.S. senator, took home $248,459 in household income in 2006, including his public school teacher wife’s salary, also paid by taxpayers. In 2007, these working poor made $319,853. This puts the couple nearly into the top 1 percent of all earners in the U.S., where the median household income was $48,201 in 2006 and $50,233 in 2007.

A career in “public service” pays well.

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  • BS77

    Thanks to Ann Coulter for DEMONIC, TREASON and her weekly incisive, intructive, scathingly sarcastic columns….We are fortunate to have such a devoted researcher and writer.

  • truebearing

    In Wisconsin the Tea Party elected Walker and put a major hurt on collective extortion. The union has gone ballistic over it and is spending tens of millions of dollars to negate our democratic process and negate election results they don't like. So far they have failed, and Walker is currently leading in the polls. The Left is melting down with rage over their inability to lie their way into the governorship.

    It is time the rest of the country rejects collective extortion, and it is time we start calling collective bargaining collective extortion because that is exactly what it is.

    Ann, if you read this, please help me make friends with America's unions. Help rename this so-called "bargaining" for what it really is, extortion.

    The federal workers aren't unionized, so it should be relatively easy to SLASH their pay and eliminate the hordes of goldbrickers…..before the union manages to get its claws into those jobs.

    • Tyler

      Even leftist icon FDR knew that it's a bad idea to allow the government drones to blackmail the taxpayer:

      "…All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. " – FDR 1937

    • mlcblog

      Federal workers may belong to the AFGE union.

  • Greg Byrne

    Well maybe that is what people voted for?

    • Tyler

      No, that's what the government parasites and their unions get for paying off corrupt politicians. I never heard a politician here in NY run on a platform of demanding that elementary gym teachers get paid close to $100K FOR A PART TIME JOB!!! It all happens in the dead of night behind closed doors and out of the sire of the suckers who will ultimately get stuck with the bill.

      Here's a website that shows what basically every NY state employee is paid: http://seethroughny.net/

      It's absolutely unbelievable how obscene the theft has become and it's no surprise that people are fleeing the PRNY by the thousands.

  • davarino

    Spot on Ann. I can hear the whinning now, "how dare the people fight back".

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Responsible people have left the stage and we have gluttonous pariahs running the show
    in which they flaunt their unwillingness to keep sane limits on every aspect of the relative
    worth of public cost. Any idea of a sustainable society is lost with continuous excesses
    in demands for more and more at public expense, the golden goose is dying and doing
    it today…………..What can be said of a society addicted to living beyond it's means?
    William

  • sedoanman

    Something doesn't compute. As a federal supervisor, I was required to recruit engineers for my organization. In my 15 years, I never noticed any mad rush breaking down the doors to sign up for a job. While we "recruited", the private sector just "weeded out".

    • topeka

      sedo,

      yeah it doesn't compute… at HR.

      Example:

      1. Submit resume to job – returned "ineligible"
      2. Supervisor of job through dept. chief demanded "ineligible" to train "quota-quack"

      You weren't seeing "jack" from HR… only the ones who came through the screen. That last sieve is an itch – gotta be a watermelon you know.

      Which is why, trying to hire in the private sector we were tossing resumes right and left into the round file offering 2/3 of what you Feds offer…. circa 2010 btw.

  • BLJ

    I live in the capital for lazy government workers and corrupt public unions. Yes, the Land of Obama. Illinois.

    I had a neighbor who was (and likely still is) an auditor for the state. He was at home more than work. He always bragged about his benefits and job security.

    I asked him once "Who audits the auditors?" He just smiled at me and said "No one".

  • Kendrick1

    There's something terribly wrong with a nation in which half (this number's growing smaller) of the population is FORCED to support the other half (this number's growing larger)! Are we going to do anything about it besides post?

    This upcoming election won't offer anything different if we don't get out and campaign! Donate! Go door to door! Ask people to vote! Ask if they are registered to vote! Register them yourself! A click of the mouse won’t do it! We can't just sit at our internet! We may not have it much longer if we get a Deja Vu!!!

    If we don't quit straightening the deck chairs while the ship is sinking, I'm afraid our nation is sick to death!!

  • wctaqiyya

    I can't believe how short sighted, disrespectful and ungrateful Ann Coulter can be. Doesn't Ann realize that without teachers, our children won't know how bad meat is, how unfair capitalism can be and all the crimes for which white men are guilty? Doesn't Ann know that our multitude of prison guards, police officers, probation officers, park rangers, border cops and agents of the ATF, DEA, TSA, etc. together with their small army of paid, drug dealing informers all work hard to keep us safe? I don't know about miss unpatriotic, but I support our troops fighting to keep Afghanistan a pig free zone while the other white guys pay our keepers, minders, instructors and correctors here at home. Does Ann really think because she is finally paying taxes she has something to complain about? It must be a shock to her tender little system coming from the subsidized comfort of college life. Hush little darling, if you want to make a real contribution, fight for the second class white males who die in your silly wars, enjoy no legal protections and pay for the many entitlements and special protections you share with public servants and all the other 'special' freeloaders. When you get rid of your protected minority status, I might listen to your whining. Until then, look in the mirror when you speak ill of the entitled classes.

    • tagalog

      Don't forget the teachers who will take the turkey and cheese sandwiches we prepare for our kids' lunches, replace them with chicken nuggets, then bill us for feeding them "proper nutrition."

  • dennis x

    State workers are not city workers, city workers are not federal workers. Coulter has NO idea of what she's talking about. I know alot state employees who pay taxes and infuse their pay checks back into the local econmony. Do you think that by cutting these peoples jobs the little bid on tax savings will be enough to off set the loss of small businesses?

  • Nobody Important

    Ms. Coulter is nearly 100% accurate in her columnal claims, as she was today and as she is in her books, but in her books she cites (and usually references) her sources. She claims that differential is due to editorially-imposed spatial limits on her texts, though many other columnists are unwilling to sacrifice their referential credibility on the altar of preference for two twenty extra words of sarcastic wit. To each their own.

    Readers interested in confirming Ms. Coulter's claims are invited again to visit Another Slow News Day's blog page devoted to the subject of Government Employment.

    http://anotherslownewsday.wordpress.com/governmen

    Everyone else can wait until she cites her sources in her next book.

  • Questions

    Inasmuch as I oppose public-sector unions and the lavish contracts they've won from feckless state and local gofernments, one qualifying point needs to be made: A lot of the wild anecdotes of high compensation that you read about actually involve cases of retiring employees cashing in massive unused vacation and sick leave; it isn't all or even necessarily mainly base pay. Still, this is a good piece.

  • fiddler

    "When government employees mobbed the state capitol in Wisconsin last year, the upside was: They got to bully people. The downside: Voters finally found out what these public servants were being paid.

    Their compensation included not only straight salary, but also lavish overtime benefits, pensions, health care plans, sick days and vacation time (most of which they spent protesting)."

    I still can't get over legislators fleeing the state to avoid having a vote on a bill they didn't like (just "serving the public"). Or, can you imagine private secular workers skipping work to protest at the capitol? No? probably because they would get fired! "That's alright kids, you can come with us and protest at the capitol; we're sure your parents won't mind!". I think they should all be "de-tenured" by their bread-winners, the Winconsin taxpayers! But first, give them their money back!

    • fiddler

      Spelling correction: Wisconsin.

  • fiddler

    Another correction "sector". Or actually maybe secular was a Freudian slip.

  • Ozzy

    This cracks me up. Annie is mad because some people Have pensions and health care, sick leaves and vacations, not because many don't …This is great this is the Con server mind, 'Why aren't you starving?' No wonder Obambi and his punk party can take the money and run. This is the intellectual crap they have for a competition. I want Bush back, he'd fix things for real not bitch about what some people have too much.

    • topeka

      Ozzy,

      Pardon me for letting you eat my lunch, my kid's lunch, and my grandkid's lunch…

      Dipstick, yes I am tired of being forced to pay for your health care, back wipe.

      My own kid is sick – with cancer – and but for a private charity we would have any help – while my business pays more taxes than I take home!

      Go to He11!!!

  • Amused

    Imagine that !! I had to work 77 hours a week after big storms or hurricanes when in the telecom industry , and not behind a desk but digging and climbing poles . In fact after Andrew it was 7a-7p -13 days straight , one day off and another 13 days straight , this when on from August 27 to Jan. 15 of that year . And it was MANDATORY ,and being a dirty ,leftist ,marxist UNION MAN , I just cleared $102, 000 GROSS -that year . The forced schedule then extended 6 days a week -10 hrs a day till early March .
    While Schmucks like Santorum gets 100, 000 per event where he gives a speech against homosexulals , this bum who never got his hands dirty [ but his dad did -A UNION MAN ] broke his back in a coal mine .
    And people Like COULTER writre bullsheet books bought up by her anti-union sycophants , and for simply running her mouth espousing conspiracies and her warped opinions .
    Who are you people trying to kid ?

    • wctaqiyya

      It's the government unions, the 'public servants' dude. Their entire pay and benefits package is our tax money. Sure, some are less useful than others, but very few deliver the quality of service they are paid to deliver. Beyond that, they complain because they always want more for doing less. Your circumstance is entirely different and is not part of this discussion. Nobody is complaining about private unions, you guys earn your money or you go out of business. Unless the government bails you out. But that's still a different issue. Please focus, it's the public servant parasites we are discussing.

      • Jim_C

        "Sure, some are less useful than others, but very few deliver the quality of service they are paid to deliver."

        Got facts?

      • Amused

        Your statement is just as half-assssed as your screen name , and it shows , you most likely NEVER did a lick of hard work in your life . You sound like the numerous do nothing assssshole managers in in the Telecom Giants . Public servants are not parasites , Ann Coulter and her following of sycophants are the real parasites . I watch the garbage men run down the street along with their trucks hauling your trash , and the Water utilities guys , busting up the streets and clearing your drains in the heat or cold , the mailman delivering your nail with their assshole managers following them in their cars with a stopwatch , or the gals in the Moto Vehicle Depts . who put up with bullsheet all day long , but manage to solve most of your car problems right at the window . There are bad examples in EVERY station in life , but arrogant ungratefull ignoramus' like you sweep'em all into one bucket . You're still wet behind the ears CHUMP /

        • wctaqiyya

          Amusing rant, thanks for that. But for you and JC, I recommend a visit to the DMV some time soon. As for those exalted postal workers, have they learned how to deliver mail yet? I can't tell, the only thing I see them doing is delivering my mail to the guy down the street and losing billions of dollars in the process. If you want to subsidize them, do it with your money. As for your concerns about top heavy management, take a peek at how the school districts are organized. No, I won't do your homework for you, do your own. But, if your company had a fraction of the administrators the public education system has, it would be broke in a nanosecond. And If your industry is anything like it was when I worked in it, you probably have quarterly reviews of each division's budget, staffing levels and mission. And, except for the spendthrift marketing division, I bet all the other divisions lose staff, money or both. Much as you resent your managers, as any good worker would, they either produce results within their budgets, or they get fired. That is not the case with public employees, who can't be fired. Do you understand what happens when people have no incentive to perform? That's right, they don't. Keep paying attention, you may learn something.

          Just for you, I once worked 57 hours in a row, over and through a week-end and while I was technically on vacation. Yes, I had hotel reservations and a VERY disgruntled wife. But when natural disasters crash the network, somebody has to fix it. What, you think FEMA can do it? You worked a whole 77 hours one week? Try two consecutive weeks of 120 plus hours and routinely working 50 to 70 hour weeks. Your silly assumptions about me only expose your profound ignorance. You should think about controlling those impulses. Lots of people work harder than you and many of them do it for less money. So, stop crying. Oh, tell me again what wonderful services we get from the millions of public servants? Is one of them the masses of illiterate students graduating from high school? Tell me again how many bureaucrats it takes to supervise the installation of a light bulb or how much paperwork is needed to fill one pothole? Again, volunteer your money if you like paying ten people for the labor of one. As for me, no thank you very much.

          • Amused

            Yea , you ONCE worked 57 hours in a row , how many timres did you do 11 hrs a day 123 days in a row , with one 14 day off , and do it for four months straight ? And if yopu gat PAID for 57 hrs straight , THEN YOU GOT PAID FOR SLEEPING . Your criticism of public workers is assinine and largely anecdotal . Your a Coulter Parrot , nothing more . And your dead wrong about managers and the budget makers , their "money saving , cost cutting bullshheeet , usually leads to higher expenses.All they do is improve their indices on paper so they can glorify one another at staff meetings and all simply ignpore the money they are actually COSTING the company in REALITY . I saw it on a daily basis , and I see it in most industry where a service is provided . And if you have illiterate students then what you really have is bad parents . The bad habits that are the main problem with bad students , are nurtured in the home . You're STILL wet behind the ears , and youb STILL generalize like someone who doesnt really kniow what hard work is .

          • Amused

            Correction 13 days in a row with the 14 th off .

          • topeka

            Dipstick,

            No govt worker works like private sector workers; save the military and related types working actual combat.

            You are ignorant or lying.

            Used to be private sector got a pay bump for the misery; now, one cannot even expect that BEFORE taxes!

            Lib's have done a great job screlwing up the economy….

  • BLJ

    Private unions are fine in my book. It is the public unions that are the problem. Anyone who attempts to defend them has a huge empty space between their ears.

  • Ronald Johnston

    Unions will go down this time. They have gone too far!!! When union dues are stolen from their members and paid to politicians, it is a crime. When we get some honest people to serve in our government, they will prosecute these crimes!!!

  • Amused

    If and when that happens , people like you had better bend over for the boss …..and you'll deserve it . There are crooks in Union Leadership just as thir are crooks on Wall Street ,and in Public Service .
    The highet crime demographic in the country is the 550 or so that make up the Congress , House and Senate .WHEN you get "honest people in government " people like Diamon will got JAIL .And Companies like Romney's Bains will be prosecuted for fiduciary malfeasance .

  • topeka

    One complaint about an otherwise great column…

    The unstated implication that Rombama will cut anything or investigate anyone… I'm sure he'll investigate all the soldiers who might have committed Fog of War crimes… I'm sure he'll meat out funny money to all the bankers who are too big to fail without regard to how much they gave to Obambam… I'm sure he'll insult conservatives in a kinder, gentler fashion using less divisive language….

    but save the country? Don't make me laugh.

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