The Mindset of the Complicit
I wonder how public union employees feel when they read such pieces as this editorial in the Providence Journal:
Taxpayers may face a daunting future because of the pension benefits that politicians have promised public employees.
States and cities across America confront huge liabilities, with shrinking assets, and the shortfall threatens both to hammer taxpayers and to hurt public services, The New York Times reported this month (“Public Pension Plans Face Billions in Shortages”).
No one knows precisely how much has been promised to public employees or what it will cost the taxpayers; statistics are not kept uniformly. But estimates of the liabilities range from about $375 billion to $800 billion. That’s a lot of money for state and local taxpayers to pony up.
Sadly, I don’t suspect most of them struggle with the guilt of being complicit in one of the major problems looming over our state and nation. More likely, the majority’s reaction is, “They’d better not take away my benefits!”