Students in the University of California system have been protesting tuition increases of as much as 32%. California’s massive financial crisis has required that the schools charge students more because less state aid is available.
A UC Los Angeles student said, “It’s going to prevent a lot of students from low-income families to be able to afford to come to this university. If there’s a public university, it’s suppose to represent the public.”
Yet the protests are coming largely from the usual quarters – low-income students who already get much state aid, and the angry left – while they should be coming from conservatives, taxpayers and Tea Party activists fed up with the state’s fiscally precarious condition after decades of financial excess under overwhelmingly Democrat rule.
The first tuition hike will cost undergraduate students an additional $585 per semester while next autumn that will rise another $1,344.
In a separate news item, USA Today recently reported about one industry in America:
‘… employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19%… during the recession’s first 18 months – and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
‘… workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time – in pay and hiring – during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.’
The highest-paid … employees are doing best of all on salary increases. … employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
‘When the recession started, … had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000’.
Wow! Good jobs at great salaries! We need more of that in these recessionary times.
What industry is experiencing these boom times? Autos? Computers? Mining? And how are all of these people in that industry making so much money when the economy is so bad? And wouldn’t you expect media outrage that one group is doing so well, while others are suffering? Should not the media be investigating the people in this industry who obviously are keeping all the money for themselves?
No, friends, there is no media outrage because the employees making all this money work for the federal government which is on a huge spending binge exactly as taxes are rising across the board and revenues to the government are plummeting through reduced economic activity.
This skyrocketing government spending on salaries, benefits, bonuses and pensions is exactly why California, on the state level, is suffering the crisis that is causing it to have to raise tuitions. And why the federal government is incurring unprecedented debt.
This spending is classic socialism where a privileged elite class (government workers who overwhelmingly vote Democrat) makes more and more money and takes more vacation time, sick leave and retires earlier, while those in the private sector are working longer hours and more years and paying more in taxes to support those government workers’ high lifestyle.
It is also important to remember that federal workers and state workers are largely unionized. So as taxes go up and up to pay bigger and bigger salaries, it again reminds us that artificially high union salaries do not come out of thin air but always are paid through higher prices for the consumer, in this case higher taxes for the taxpayer.
So if you wonder where all that stimulus money is going, why Obama is running bigger and bigger deficits, and how the government is managing to pay more and more money to its employees while the average American is getting poorer, look no further than the theories of ‘egalitarian’ socialism.
And only conservative policies to restrain government spending and taxes, and encourage private-sector growth, can reverse this situation.
We all know the story of government workers – that they generally are much less ambitious, work many fewer hours than the rest of us, and that government employment attracts people who want to avoid real work in the private sector. Now the icing on the cake is that they are making much more money than the rest of us.
Because it is the hard-working private sector that produces the wealth to pay these public salaries. So we are seeing a classic downward socialist spiral here in America. It is starting in California, and is sweeping the nation until we voters stop it. As the private sector is taxed more and more, it can and will produce less and less. And as public salaries rise more and more at the same time that private-sector wealth creation decreases, more wealth percentage-wise is being shifted away from wealth creation and over to the government. And then the economy sinks.
In an article entitled DC Suburbs Top List of Richest Counties, the Washington Post reported that the wealthiest counties in America per capita are not home to corporate titans or movie moguls, but are those counties outside Washington, DC which are home to tens of thousands of federal government workers. At the height of the Bush boom on August 30, 2006, the Post reported that:
The three most prosperous large counties in the United States are in the Washington suburbs, according to census figures released yesterday, which show that the region has the second-highest income and the least poverty of any major metropolitan area in the country.
Rapidly growing Loudoun County has emerged as the wealthiest jurisdiction in the nation, with its households last year having a median income of more than $98,000. It is followed by Fairfax and Howard counties, with Montgomery County not far behind…
The result is that the Washington area’s households rank second in income only to those in San Jose eclipsing such well-heeled places as San Francisco and the bedroom suburbs of New York
San Jose is Silicon Valley!
And that article was published in 2006 when the private sector was booming beyond belief. Since then, the trend has been up, up, up in federal salaries as reported by USA Today, as the economy has gone down, down, down. And under Obama it is accelerating because Obama and the Democrat Congress are feeding their bureaucrat cronies more and more money. The same is happening on the state level in California, leading tens of thousands of productive citizens to leave California every year because of the growing imbalance between taxes paid and services returned. This further harms the California economy.
USA Today analyzed the database of the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management that tracks salaries of more than 2 million federal workers excluding those in the White House, Congress, the Postal Service, intelligence agencies and uniformed military personnel.
The newspaper noted that growth in salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.
Wow! Haven’t we been told all these years about the poor, underpaid civil servant??!
No, that is just another socialist hoax, like ‘global warming’…
Again, this is classic socialism, with the producers of wealth earning less and less and paying more and more in taxes, while government workers earn more and more and vote Democrat every year to entrench their economic advantage.
Two key reasons for the boom in six-figure salaries, according to USA Today, are regular and uninterrupted salary increases and annual pay hikes for federal workers related to longevity; and… get this… an end to pay caps that prohibited employees from making more money than their boss. This has led to increases in bosses’ salaries, allowing increases in employee salaries to follow.
Wow, how convenient. Can’t we all just work for the federal government?
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