The Public Sector Can’t Have It All
Comment-section conversation to the previous post, and to the prior post on the same op-ed, brings to mind the basic philosophical problem with public-sector labor, these days. It was once cliché to think of government jobs as akin to government bonds. The work (or the investment) isn’t going to make one rich, but it is characterized by reliability.
Over the past few decades, especially in Rhode Island, the reliability of raises and other remunerative increases has made the public sector lucrative as well as secure. That’s simply not a sustainable model, and it can’t do otherwise than spark backlashes.