Another Failing Institution Handing Out Bonuses

clipped from online.wsj.com
WASHINGTON — While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash — also courtesy of taxpayers.
Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17% more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.
Payments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $14,000. Lawmakers, at their own discretion, gave the money to chiefs of staff, assistants, computer technicians, and more than 100 aides who earned salaries of more than $100,000 a year.
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Gimme Society – California Style

This is presented as a heartbreaking tale of the horrors of the California State budget impasse:

Kathy Sapp, who operates a state-funded day care center in her East Oakland home, has been running on fumes since the state Department of Education – its purse strings tied because of the budget impasse – stopped paying her and hundreds of other child care providers in California in early June.

To trim costs as she waits for her $4,000 monthly payments, she has stopped taking field trips to restaurants, has reduced the kids’ milk portions and sometimes uses beans instead of meat. She’s dipping into her savings, but she might have to take out a loan to cover groceries, her mortgage, her utility bills and her insurance if the 50-day stalemate drags on much longer.

On Monday afternoon, three preschoolers she is caring for woke from a nap after a trip to the library and ate a snack of cheese sandwiches, apple juice and bananas.

OK – so this is state-funded babysitting.  But what is actually missing from this report?  Parents.  As in – if this woman is having problems taking care of their children why doesn’t she go to the parents who are entrusting this woman with the care of their children and get the fracking money from them?

Of course then it wouldn’t be “free” would it?  But can anyone explain where in the US or California Constitution a “right” to “free” babysitting?  Just how did the instutions that were created to promote and protect the freedom of its citizens become a big babysitting entitlement machine?  The complete and utter degradation of what it means to be a free citizen in a free society has come down to hundreds and hundreds of taxpayer funded babysitting services.

So as the taxpayers of California are being raped to the tune of 8 to 11 percent of their salaries, each and every year, remember that you are paying for essential babysitting services.

Work harder – millions on welfare depend on you!

Line Up For Your Contraceptive Shots Kiddies

Its not that much of a stretch for a correct-thinking liberal to make – immunizations? contraceptives? No problem:

Editor – Teenagers who have kids usually short-circuit their own futures and have proven incapable of good parenting. We don’t allow those too young to drive or drink. Why should we shoulder the burden of paying for their kids?

There is an antidote. The state makes mandatory immunizations for children to safeguard them from disease. A governmental mandate prescribing a monthly injection in school of Depo-Provera, a safe and effective contraceptive, would enhance the future of many young girls, keep teenagers incapable of effective parenting from having to do so, and relieve taxpayers from the expense of supporting their children.

DAN SPITZER

Berkeley

I though the whole idea of liberalism is to have the taxpayers support every single person everywhere for everything. Government health care, government child care, government mortgages, government education, government jobs, government retirement, government graves. So what’s the big deal about some teenager getting knocked up and making the taxpayers foot the bill? Isn’t that just a new government health care worker being created? After all, who’s going to pay the taxes to support the next generation of knocked up teenagers?

I’m not sure what I find more ridiculous. That a Bezerkly-ite doesn’t want to pay taxes for some bastard child? Or that they don’t see the hypocritical attitude of forcing others to conform to their own ideas of morality are just what they accuse the Right-Wing Jesus Freaks of doing?