CA Gov. Workers Best Paid in USA

February 7, 2012 - By admin

John Seiler:

Of all the 50 states, California’s government workers make the highest pay, averaging $5,774 a month in March 2010, according to U.S. Census data. That works out to $69,288 a year.

Local government workers in Washington, D.C., made a little more, at $5,990. But D.C. gets vast funding from federal taxpayers, part of the $4,000,000,000,000.00 of our tax dollars that sluices through D.C.

For the 50 states and local governments, although a lot of federal money is involved, most money is grabbed from state citizens. No wonder California taxpayers are whacked at among the highest rates in the country.

And what do we show for it? Although unemployment has improved, it’s still the second worst in the country, behind Nevada.

Our schools commonly rank 48th of the states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests.

Median income in California crashed 9 percent from 2006 to 2010, nearly double the 5 percent annual rate.

The roads are falling apart. The infrastructure is dilapidated. The state can’t solve its Delta water problems.

Yet the bureaucrats who run the whole shebang — mainly run it into the ground — are getting paid more than those in any other state.

If California were a private-sector company, it long ago would have gone bankrupt, its profitable parts, if any, sold off to the highest bidder.

But because so many people believe the fiction that government is somehow “different,” that it’s really all of “us” working “together,” this expensive, dysfunctional monstrosity continues to tax and regulate us to death — while being paid excessively.

A good example of the dysfunction is firefighters, who top the pay list in California at $9,774 per month on average, or $117,288 a year. Yet firefighting easily could privatized everywhere, or turned over to volunteer fire departments.

That’s unlikely to happen because the “people” don’t run California, the government-worker unions do. The unions force massive dues from their “members,” then use the money to get their bought politicians to pilfer the pockets of taxpayers at record levels. Not only that, but the unions have run up pension benefits $500 billion beyond the state’s current ability to pay.

Instead of trying to raise taxes $7 billion, as Gov. Jerry Brown wants, he should be cutting the massive pay, perks and pensions of government workers. The state just can’t afford it anymore. Common citizens — the private sector — are broke and suffering. The slaves can’t take any more lashes across their backs.

Feb. 7, 2012

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  1. Beelzebub says:

    This nonsense can’t continue. There will come a day when there will be a huge showdown between ordinary taxpayers and the public trough feeders. It’s going to get ugly too. Imagine an avg. FF making nearly $10k a month? Total fing joke. And to add insult to injury the HS educated goofballs retire @ 55 with a guaranteed $100k plus pension. Fing joke.

  2. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    Beels, I have a friend who is a doctor at Kaiser, one of the BEST employers in the nation, she said the average doc makes around $140K per year plus average private sector benefits.

    She said the highest paid docs at Kaiser were the specialists, cardiac and neurosurgeons, at $400K.

    Average CA firewhiner earns more than the average doc in total comp, and the highest paid firewhiner earns MORE than the highest paid specialist doctor-and this is at one of the best employers.

  3. Beelzebub says:

    I know, rex. It’s hard to top that. I can’t think of a bigger mockery of the American system than for some lowly educated semi-skilled grunt hose puller whose dad got him a job on the FD getting paid more than a licensed medical doctor with 10 years or more of higher education. I would be willing to wager that the average OC firefighter sees maybe 5 structure fires a year. And by the time they arrive most are fully engulfed. All they do is stand around and spray water on it from a distance. 90% of the job is watching tube, grocery shopping, gym time, sleep time. In all my years in OC I have never heard of one OC FF killed in the line of duty. Minimum wage roofers or tree pruners have much more dangerous jobs.

  4. queeg says:

    Socialized in Britain has over one million sloths putting out a poor rationed service..
    .

  5. stevefromsacto says:

    I can’t think of a bigger mockery of the American system than hating people who risk their lives for you because they cost some of your precious tax dollars.

    Would any of you gentlemen have the cojones to go into a burning building to save a little girl? I didn’t think so.

  6. Beelzebub says:

    “I can’t think of a bigger mockery of the American system than hating people who risk their lives for you because they cost some of your precious tax dollars”

    No FF has ever risked his life for me. You’re full of it. All they do is steal my tax dollars and paint themselves as heroes as justification. They make more than licensed medical doctors and retire earlier, stevefromsacto. If you think that’s justified you are totally detached from reality.

    “Would any of you gentlemen have the cojones to go into a burning building to save a little girl? I didn’t think so”

    BS. The ones who run into burning building to save occupants are generally neighbors and civilians. The FF’s stand a safe distance from the fire and spray water on it. You could train a damn rhesus monkey to do that.

  7. stevefromsacto says:

    Jesus, Beelzebub, did you lose a house in a fire or perhaps a loved one? That’s the only way I can possibly explain your blind hatred of firefighters.

    It is one thing to oppose paying them wages and benefits that you might consider exorbitant. But you’ve gone way beyond that; over the edge, actually.

    There is a wall on the State Capitol grounds that has a list of the hundreds of California firefighters killed in the line of duty. Perhaps you’d like to tell their widows, widowers or children that all they did was “stand a safe distance from the fire and spray water on it.”

    I can’t believe you are the same person with whom I’ve agreed on some topics on this blog. Either there is something personal going on when it comes to firefighters, or you seriously need help.

  8. Beelzebub says:

    “Jesus, Beelzebub, did you lose a house in a fire or perhaps a loved one? That’s the only way I can possibly explain your blind hatred of firefighters”

    FF’s have turned a blue-collar semi-skiled labor job that requires a GED education into a racket to financially rape the taxpayers for personal gain while masquerading as heroes. The fact that the average one makes more than a licensed medical doctor with 10 years of higher education is enough to make me puke. Especially considering 90% of their time is spent grocery shopping, working out at the gym, watching TV, playing cards, sleeping or hanging out by the barbee.

    “But you’ve gone way beyond that; over the edge, actually”

    No I didn’t. I spoke the honest to God truth.

    “There is a wall on the State Capitol grounds that has a list of the hundreds of California firefighters killed in the line of duty”

    Why don’t they have a memorial on the Capital Grounds for fishermen, construction workers, 7-eleven clerks, tree pruners, divorce attorneys, etc…??? What makes a FF so damn special?

    “Either there is something personal going on when it comes to firefighters, or you seriously need help”

    Your wrong on both counts, chump. I just can’t stand a bunch of blue-collar phonies who think they deserve to make more than medical doctors and make me pay for it.

  9. Paauline says:

    You might as well . You had the Senate bottled up for the first two years and now set your sites on union wokerrs INSTEAD of creating jobs as you sold to the voters to get elected . As for the doctors they still have doctor patient privacy laws and I’m sure you will look into having that law changed so you could monitor doctors . Much easier than watching safety standards at an oil well A move that cost about 20 trillion dollars and massive amounts of dead sea creatures and perhaps a generation of fishermen their livelihood ..Priorities right ???

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