It’s funny what people are willing to protest. I hear about people lining up to protest all kinds of stuff each year, from Gay marriage to changing a principal at a school. I think we need to get a clue folks because there’s so much graft out there in government, it’s hard to know where to start. But let’s fix what’s driving us into the economic abyss first.
I’ll suggest examining Scott Plotkin, the Executive Director of the California School Boards Association who made $400,000 in 2009. Yes, he’s not technically a government employee I guess, but I’d bet that 100% of his salary was paid for from YOUR TAX DOLLARS. The state average income in 2009 was $42,425. What the hell did Scott Plotkin do that was 10 times better than the average Californian? Not a damned thing; in fact, turns out that he wasn’t making enough to support his gambling habit so he allegedly used the CSBA credit cards to get a cool $30k to play the tables with.
The same article states that teachers were paid from $27,084 and $119,657 in salary. REALLY? $120k for 182 days of work!?! Holy cow, $659 per six hour day? REALLY!?! That’s not counting about 1/3 of that salary for benefits (yes REALLY) PLUS 8.25% that the Unions never choose to report for State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)that the public contributes for teachers. That’s right, so a teacher working 182 days could make a salary of 119,657 + 9872 (STRS 8.25%) + 39,486 (33% benefits) = $169,015 – REALLY!? And if a teacher works until about age 62 they get about 90% of their salary for the rest of their life?!? And all you suckers (me too) earning an average of $42k per year and hoping to live off the fat of the land at age 67 (SS) are going to pay for the teacher retirement, it’s guaranteed by the state budget no matter how bad the managers of the fund are at investing it. Happy now? Think there’s somewhere to cut some FAT? How do you feel about going to parent/teacher conferences now? Do you realize that the teacher is arriving in a Mercedes YOU paid for?!?
And stop to think for one cotton-picking second about what the administrators must be earning if teachers are making $120k per year, oh yeah, Scott Plotkin ($400,000), I forgot the topic of my rant for a second.
But see, teachers unions cornered the market on the martyr brand years ago. Poor overworked and (previously) underpaid teachers dealing with your rotten kids for 180 days, 6 long hours a day – gosh – how rough can work get? We better pay them a salary of $120k per year so they can handle the pressure, poor old martyrs who sacrificed a wealthy career in real estate to teach my kids. Wow, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in NY f you really bought all that horse manure.
And don’t be fooled, Scott Plotkin WAS paid from your tax money, where do you think the California School Boards Association dues come from? It comes right out of your kid’s classroom, each School District pays dues to that corrupt organization.
And yes, I think they qualify to be called corrupt if they pay this knucklehead $400k per year at a time when the average Californian makes a tenth of that; plus, many families were losing their homes, and many teachers were being laid off from their $120k per year jobs.
Sad state of affairs isn’t it?
According to the report, Executive Director Scott Plotkin’s base pay rose steadily from $216,320 in 2006 to $328,973 last year. He also was given $539,497 in bonuses and other compensation during that period, bringing his total compensation to $1.6 million.
A bonus for what!?! Hitting the Progressive Jackpot!?! WOW, we have some serious government cutting to do folks, in my opinion, nobody in government should make more than double the average per capita income of the state plus benefits and their retirement, period. What are we afraid of in setting limits, that we’ll end up with a bunch of mediocre government employees and services? Oops, that ship sailed didn’t it?
And if the response to trimming salaries is that all these valuable government employees leave and start a private business; ALL THE BETTER AND GOD BLESS THEM! Think of all the NEW private sector jobs that will be created! YEEHAW, sounds like a plan to me.
So folks, where is the outrage? Are you still brainwashed by the CTA marketing machine that sells poor, underpaid, underappreciated, self-sacrificing educators evey time there’s a union contract to negotiate? PUH_LEESE people, get a clue, and develop some outrage.
Let’s agree to set the average income of any government worker at a level somewhere between the 80% of the average and 2x the average per capita income, think about it, it’s not unreasonable; in fact, it’s freakin’ generous.