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So you want to give public employees high COLA raises because of the high cost of living?
You want the public universities to pay out of state professors a housing allowance to come to Calif?
It's largely because of the high rate of benefits paid to public sector employees through Union contracts that the costs have gone up and in accordance those costs are passed down to the rest of us.
It would be nice if everybody got COLA raises to offset these costs - but then you end up with an ever spiralling increase in cost vs. income vs. cost vs. income.
As for a housing allowance? That's no different than giving in-state tuition allowances to illegal aliens and denying them to native born citizens of this country. In both cases, artificially inflated values in this state (artificial because like the housing market - it's all gonna collapse and soon) have made this state one of the most expensive to live in with no cooresponding improvement in quality of life or value for dollar spent. We're still the lowest in acedemics. The lowest in public services. The lowest in public safety. Yet the highest in regulations and among the highest in taxes and unemployment.
The financial implosion in the California Economy can't come soon enough. And as the Feds have already stated - they can't afford their own upkeep and have to raise taxes and cut expenses (disaster relief through FEMA and Medicare / Medicaid being the most visible) there will NOT be much available to bail out the state.
This isn't Europe. While California may not be allowed to go entirely bankrupt; any major appeal for funds from D.C. will result in the Federal Government taking over the state.
States rights are forfeit in deals like this. In Europe, a nation can opt out of the European Market - or get kicked out. In America; a state can't leave (the Civil War settled that issue) so the option is to surrender soverignty for financial solvency.
And in that sense; Union Contracts become void. Feds overrule the State; the state made those agreements.
Not the Feds.
They're not obligated to honor them. And it's a sure thing that any aid from the Federal Government to bail out any state will include an insistence that the Public Sector Contracts be on the table for review and renegotiation.
They'll keep some of what they have. But there'll be severe cuts.
The Federal Government will not want to keep the status quo; which would set a precident when the next state needs help. There's not enough to go around; printing more money will only serve to devalue the dollar and cause an inflation and resulting recession that will surpass Japan's mess of the 1980's and make our own Great Depression seem like a ripple in a whirlpool.
The hand-outs have to stop. The United States - and California in particular - can no longer support it. And if 70% of the fire departments in this country are fine efficient while being volunteer departments (the figure many on this thread have thrown out so I'll stick with it); there's no reason why ours can't be as well.
And as long as Government Desk Clerks have benefit packages that are 'untouchable' while our military is having theirs taken away from them; then I have no sympathy for Government Workers. They're most hazardous risk is a paper cut.
Our Service Personnel risk their lives.
That is injustice.
That is Obama.