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That Old Time Religion
Politics is religion.
The oft-maligned Christian fundamentalist groups have always been referred to as the “base” of the . But I wonder, who represents the base for the ? Without a doubt, one group that qualifies must be the civil service, made up of mandarins (and their various eunuchs) in thrall to the Holy Grail of big government—lifetime pensions.
Christian fundamentalists may be crucified for seeking the right to life for the unborn at the expense of a certain liberal or libertine lifestyle, but government workers also seek a special right, the right to a sinecure—a taxpayer-secured pension for life—and that would be at everyone’s expense.
Taxpayers should not be responsible for the pensions of government workers, be they elected officials or their appointed underlings. Taxpayers should also be free from paying the pensions for firefighters, police officers and teachers. Salaries, yes. Pensions no.
We must all learn to carry our own weight. The cost of living today is just too high to be letting anyone off the hook. Communities owe their “servants” no debt beyond their years of service to the community. And unlike , which is a minimal, federally administered, taxpayer-shouldered provision guaranteed for all, work-life pensions should be a personal, not a public responsibility.