The Public Sector: Standing in Our Way until We Pay Up

“…Patronage and clientelism are very strong forces, too, and government can be used to create public-sector salaries or welfare benefits that are well in excess of the wages that political clients could expect to earn in honest work. In the United States, our swollen public-sector payrolls, particularly at the state and local level, are little more than a supplementary welfare state, providing a more dignified form of public dependency for relatively low-skilled and mainly unenterprising people.”

  • pdxnag

    Glorified welfare.

  • Clear Thinker

    I am a conservative trapped in a communist union, known as OPSEU. This union believes in BDA, boycott-divest-Auschwitz. It believes in official government Marxism. The only good thing to come of it is that as a public sector worker, even though I have had the lowest pay increases in the public sector, my pension should be enough. But the problem for Ontario taxpayers is that as pensioners wake up, they will cash out of Ontario and take their public sector pension to another province and Ontario will lose all of that taxation. But just in case you were sleeping, in 1988 the Teachers Pension Plan was put into the hands of the union and 27 years later, with special deals and bargaining, the Teachers Pension Plan is now worth 150 billion dollars, up from 13 billion at that time. Ontario is in a deficit? Put a 30 % tax on public pension plans and the debt could be cut in half. Can you imagine two retired teachers only living on 60000 combined instead of 110000 combined? And don’t tell me about the cottages in Muskoka they inherited.

  • On a sliding scale: North ————– South Korea

    Public sector jobs push the average towards the North.

    The greater the move North the worse the economic and personal freedom index become for all.

    Dice it anyway you want – but that’s the facts.