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Letter | It’s time to reel in tax-paid benefits

February 1, 2014 

Folks, aren’t you tired of this heart-wrenching story of state and federal government employees and how we are going to pay for their health insurance cost increases and raises? This is an annual ritual, while the rest of us aren’t getting any raises and we are paying for our own health care increases.

We also have to hear from our state colleges that they need our tax dollars to keep tuition down for our students while they are giving out salary increases to staff to keep them. I do not believe that we need to worry about people leaving their jobs in any significant number in this economic mess that we are in. Where would they go?

There was a time when workers in government jobs were underpaid but had great benefits. Now they have both while the taxpayers struggle in a jobless environment with low wages and few benefits. It is time for government workers to contribute more to their retirement and their healthcare or go and try to find a comparable job in the private sector at least for the times that we are in.

I wish them good luck if they do. My wish is that everyone could do better, including government workers, but it is hard in the private sector to find a job with pay, benefits and security like they have in government jobs. A lot of us would be happy to trade places with them in this time of total uncertainty in our nation.

This same scenario is playing out all through our land with state, federal, and local governments, while our politicians test the wind for votes and spend our tax dollars for them. Thank God that our state and local governments have to balance their budgets. But wait, hasn’t Detroit filed for bankruptcy and aren’t there a few more cities and even states that could file soon?

A lot of this comes from the dependency created by politicians in the vote-buying business. The fact is that too many people are without full-time jobs regardless of the phony unemployment numbers given by our government, yet our politicians tell us that we need more immigrants to do the jobs that Americans won’t do. There should be no job that an able-bodied American won’t do unless he or she already has a job.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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