Posts Tagged ‘government pensions’


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CalPERS Court Loss a Big Hit on Taxpayers


Wednesday June 28th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:23am PDT   •   1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit by California’s public employee retirement system against investment banks that supposedly “duped” them into buying some $700 million of stock. CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension trust fund, could have joined a class-action with others but declined to do so. Then CalPERS missed the three-year statute of…
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Government Pension Surge Drives Tax Increases


Monday November 3rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55am PST   •   3 Comments

This week voters in California will make the call on, count ‘em, 140 tax increases, from sales taxes to levies on soda and marijuana. If voters should wonder what is driving these tax increases, Mark Bucher of the California Policy Center has a few suggestions in his October 26 Sacramento Bee article headlined “Big…
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High-Maintenance Ruling Class


Wednesday February 27th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:29am PST   •   3 Comments

As Thomas Sowell has pointed out, politicians like to spend money on government pensions, for obvious reasons. It reinforces their professional ruling-class status, they are spending other people’s money on themselves, and the spending comes down the line in the future. But in a lingering recession and shrinking economy, articles like this are starting…
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USPS Loses $15.9 Billion – But Bosses Get Hefty Compensation Raises


Monday November 19th, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:01am PST   •   24 Comments

In October we noted that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) had recently defaulted on a $5.6 billion mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits, the second time in two months the USPS had failed to deliver. In August it failed to make a $5.5 billion retirement prepayment slated for last September, which Congress conveniently deferred….
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Ed O’Keefe reports at the Washington Post that the U.S. government’s postal monopoly continues to hemorrhage red ink at an astounding rate as a result of huge and unsustainable, public-employee-union pension schemes: The U.S. Postal Service reported $2.2 billion in losses during its second quarter, continuing several quarters of historic losses amid declining mail…
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Veronique de Rugy on the State Pension Time Bomb


Tuesday March 8th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:29am PST   •   0 Comments

Over at Reason Magazine, Veronique de Rugy illuminates the State Pension problem by drawing attention to the differences in accounting rules applied by the market and the government. As de Rugy notes, states are not required to pony up regular contributions to pension systems and they systematically underestimate the liabilities in pension funds. State…
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Now, What About Those Gold-Plated Benefits?


Monday November 29th, 2010   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 2:41pm PST   •   4 Comments

Today, President Obama announced that his administration would freeze the pay of federal employees at their current level for two years. Well, that’s a start, if the following chart from Political Calculations showing the relative pay and benefits of federal workers with respect to the average income earner in the private sector is any…
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What Should Californians Learn About Pension Reform from the French?


Monday October 18th, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:27pm PDT   •   6 Comments

Despite the threat of another mass labor protest scheduled in France tomorrow, President Sarkozy is promising the modest increase in the standard retirement age from 60 to 62 will pass the legislature. Many of the French protesters are the students and youth—angry because they feel they are entitled to these “social protections”. Young people in the…
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Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements


Tuesday September 21st, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 11:24pm PDT   •   1 Comment

In an incisive, recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Sara Murray reports that: “Efforts to tame America’s ballooning budget deficit could soon confront a daunting reality: Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history. “At the same time, the…
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