Monday, June 05, 2006

An 'Apology' Worth Repeating

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Mike Nichols has penned another very good column. I don't always agree with him, but I envy his writing ability.

In the case of this recent column, however, I also am in complete agreement with his perspective.

A self-described "casual acquaintance" of Susan and Lev Baldwin informed me over the weekend that I owe them an apology for a recent "attack" and suggested I don't really know how pensions work.

So here goes.

I would hereby like to apologize for not realizing that, in Milwaukee County, it is wholly understandable that a couple of former government employees should have combined annual pensions of over $110,000 a year.

And that one of them, Susan, should be suing for even more than the $52,000 a year she currently gets while her husband takes in about $59,000.

And, I guess, for not realizing it is also completely appropriate that a former sheriff like Lev be able to retire with an additional $333,000 lump sum "backdrop" at the advanced age of 54.


Read the whole thing. It provides a glimpse into why Milwaukee County's budget is the mess that it is.

4 Comments:

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous said...

So Walker and his disaterous leadership get a pass?

 
At 9:42 AM, Anonymous said...

Walker is trying to solve the mess that was created by others. He is one of the few people with any sense at that courthouse.

Had these pension deals and other absurd benefits not been enacted BEFORE he arrived, we would not be in this mess. PERIOD!

Take your blinders off and you may see that the fault belongs, 100%, to the previous administration and many of the stupidvisors that are still on the board.

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous said...

Where can I get a job like Walker does where I get credit for all the good and excuses for all the bad?

If you think the pension deal got us where we are, you are clueless about the budget process.

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous said...

If you think the benefits that we're paying for, some 70% of employee costs, isn't what got us to where we are you're an idiot.

 

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