Sunday, December 20, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3094, December 20th, 2015


The House yesterday voted 149-52 against a bill that would have forced newly hired teachers and state workers into a hybrid system made up of a traditional pension alongside a 401(k)-style benefit. Every Democrat voted against the bill, along with a majority of Republicans. Please re-re-read this. Every Democrat along with Republicans decided to institutionalize the Public Service Sector making it not a middle class but an income class all of its own. Instead of caring about the Middle Class tax paying homeowners, the House was worried about future employees.
So in addition to not passing this bill which makes sense, The House and the unions have assured that Pension costs will increase through the years.
This means that taxpayers will foot the bill for a special class of state employees who are entitled to have more than the average Pennsylvanian in terms of benefits.
This was a bill that did not affect anyone currently working today. This was a bill that again made it possible for no property tax relief, and for the unions to squeeze the life out of taxpayers.
The GOP cleverly put House Democrats in a box because they know every Democrat is beholden to the Teacher and State Unions. Brilliant strategy. All that said, people are sick and tired of strategy. They want, in order:
A. A budget passed.
B. Property tax relief.
C. Fairness toward State Workers. 
I was in a State Liquor Store Friday night. Those State employees were working their asses off and were competent, pleasant and efficient. Any reasonable person will say they are entitled to what they are currently earning under contract. But to not change the system now for incoming workers is so illogical it can only happen in Pennsylvania. Every private business in the country has changed their pension systems. This is a joke.
Pennsylvania tax payers don’t want much.
Then there’s this guy, Rep. John McGinnis, a Republican out of Blair County who said, “We like to think that this is an honorable institution, but by under funding our pensions, we steal from children and from children not yet born. How is that honorable?”
I am soooooooo sick and tired of hearing Legislators talk about the unborn. How about the kids in Social Service with problems not getting services TODAY? How about children being shut out from Libraries that haven't received their state funds because of this budget mess TODAY? How about those school districts with kids in them that might have to shut down TODAY? How about that veteran who is homeless not getting funding from social service agencies funded by the states TODAY? How many children at risk will slide under the radar because Court systems aren't funded TODAY?
Representative McGinnis, I don’t care about how under funding a state pension for a few unborn is going to make us honorable. Honor comes in taking care of the people you are representing TODAY. These citizens  are alive TODAY and not part of the Political Class that just takes and takes. (Oh but some of them can sure share funky e mails though, can’t they on state time, right??)
As of today we have no State Budget because of a weird coalition between self serving Democrats scared to death of Unions and reactionary Republicans who can’t understand that tax increases are investments in the future. Calling this latest action a “Devil’s Pact” would be an insult to the Devil himself.
It is time to clean House in The House. 
By the way, the Legislators are home watching football today. They got out of town on our dime. 


At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dems vote in lock step against the budget and you find a way to blame republicans.... your partisanship is so entertaining.
Can't you blame the dems just once on their own?
And, while your at it, try placing the blame directly where it belongs... the Wolfe guarding the hen house....
Every overture brought to the governor t fund programs while hammering out a budget have been terminated with extreme prejudice by the person most courting public sector unions.. You man... your loyalty to the governor is admirable but sadly misplaced.
The trouble in Harrisburg is the man heading the executive branch.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Can't you blame the dems just once on their own?


I'd love to but the GOP rolled them because they know the dems are afraid of the unions. Yet the guy who got elected in the Primary in 2014 had no union support.
Get a good candidate to run against some of these toads and unions support be damned. But they are like a paper tiger people think they are stronger than they really are.
Any Council person elected in Luzerne County that was a Union member in the General?

At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Wolf didn't get union support in the primary, it makes you wonder, actually never mind, now we now what the governor must have promised to get their support in the general

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is it even possible for public sector employees to unionize?

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NONE of the politicians have the gonads to do what's right and what must be done.
Yeah you are twisting and turning to blame the "other side" Yonk. We can see it. We need to "trump" every one of those polititards.

"The House and the unions have assured that Pension costs will increase through the years."
NO SIR. Rather than create a two-tier system that would 1) allow the legacy pension to provide for the promises of retirement and 2) allow new hires to control their destiny while allowing them to MOVE/ROLL OVER (if they leave the system for greener grass)or CASH OUT their 401(k) for any personal catastrophe (breath) they have assured a collapse of the state pension system. Hopefully THEY are enrolled in it and will be alive to feel the pain.
Time for pitchforks and torches.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger James O'Meara said...

David: There's plenty of blame to go around here. But from the start the Governor made a calculated and deliberate decision not to go the line item route. "My way or the highway." This isn't a corporate boardroom. He chose this path and couldn't give a happy damn who gets hurt in the process as long as he gets his way. And none of them.. Governor, Senators or House members.. should be getting paid until we have a budget. And we both know that no-pay thing ain't happening. I wish we could lock the whole sorry lot in the capitol and feed them airline food until they come to their senses.

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole sorry lot has to go home (outside) some time. We need to make ourselves heard: one on one, whenever we see them, no exceptions. Then vote against them.
Pitchforks and torches.


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