Wednesday: Portola Valley looks at benefit package
Original post made on Apr 11, 2011
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on Apr 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm
the Town manager should start applying for all the other managerial positions elsewhere; she has the right. While there are many public positions available, I don't think most of Portola Valley public employees really want to jump ship. If he or she does, it will be due to an "Errosion" of hapiness at the workplace. That comes from the top down. Also, Ms. Howard, you are seeing what most towns will be doing fiscally to stay within budget. Welcome to the real world. Sharpen the pencil.
on Apr 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Have to agree with cms...the ultimate irony is that the tax revenues that pay these cadillac benefits are sourced from private individuals and business that can't obtain or afford to offer these rich benefits themselves. Public employees should not be shielded from the economic reality that affects their constituencies.
on Apr 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm
The "economic reality that affects their constituencies" is a distortion promulgated by the right that this country is in dire straits when in fact it is the result of a very successful and concentrated redistribution of wealth upward.
As Michael Moore noted in Wisconsin, this is not a poor country. This is country in which the wealth has been transferred away from the commons and into private hands.
We don't have to act on greed. That's why we have intelligence and compassion, to grasp the points that there are things more important than "do I have mine?" The rich derive more benefits from the liberal democracy and the rule of law than their tax dollars pay for, a chief one being a tranquil society.
There are penalties for creating a plutocracy, as can be seen in Egypt and the rest of those societies in which the distribution of wealth is egregiously unbalanced. I wonder what it's going to take to send people out into the streets here?