Ugly ending ahead?
How will this American story end?
According to Business Insider in April 2016, federal, state and local governments are $7 trillion short in coming pension payments.
According to The Desert Sun of Aug. 20, the average Riverside County employee earns $87,700 per year and, while employed, receives taxpayer funded health care. Do you earn $87,700 per year with guaranteed health care?
Riverside County employees who retired after 30 years receive an average, TAXPAYER GUARANTEED, pension of $66,400 and TAXPAYER GUARANTEED health insurance.
There are over 400 retired Riverside County employees drawing more than $100,000 per year in yearly pensions.
I remember the argument 20 years ago: “Well, you know, Mr. Mueller, public employees are paid a lot less than private company employees and they don’t receive Social Security!” That may have been a valid argument 30 years ago, but it doesn’t pass the smell test now.
Blackstone president and COO Tony James calls the unfunded pension shortfall “the hidden crisis facing America”
My solution? Immediately end defined pensions and lifetime health care. Instead offer competitive yearly salaries and a matching 401 (k). Unless we immediately change, this American story will have a sad and ugly ending.
Jens Mueller, Cathedral City
Remembering Jerry Lewis
Just read The Desert Sun’s obituary of Jerry Lewis (Aug. 20).
A great man for sure. However, you missed on one point; he changed his name from Joey Lewis to avoid confusion with another great comedian of that era known as Joe E. Lewis (not the fighter).
I last saw Mr. Lewis at the McCallum Theatre when he starred in “Damn Yankees.” He was the Devil. Great performance.
Tom Simmerman, Palm Desert
Tale of two Republicans
Palm Springs is represented in the California Legislature by two Republicans, Sen. Jeff Stone and Assemblyman Chad Mayes.
One of them, Mr. Mayes, wishes to work across the aisle in the Democrat-controlled Assembly to have a say and influence in legislation.
One of them, Mr. Stone, walks out of the Jewish caucus (which seeks to work for the betterment of the Jewish constituents statewide) because he feels the caucus doesn’t treat the president well.
And from which one does the GOP demand a penalty for his action?
Not the one who won’t join his fellow congregants in admonishing the president’s latest stance on the hate groups which poison our democracy. No profile in courage for our senator, alas.
Gene R. Touchet, Palm Springs
The rules about rules, please
Re: Jacques Billeaud’s item in Monday’s Desert Sun about President Trump issuing a pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio titled, “A pardon would defy ‘rule of law.’ “
Is this the same “rule of law” that all sanctuary cities across America are defying?
Scott Wheelock, Indio
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