Monday, April 05, 2004
Pay Back Payback

We hear things. And while we generally refrain from printing without a corroborating, published cite, once in a while we have to trust our sources.

Today is another one of those days.

Hey, here’s a quick question - what do the following all have in common: social workers, DOR dead-beat-Dad trackers, and DOC employees?

If you guessed 'they all lost body parts or hoarded a plasma TV' you were WRONG!

But thanks for playing. You’ll find lovely parting gifts behind the curtain on your way

Because the correct answer is: they are all over-paid. At least according to Team Reform.

According to the Rat Line, Willard Mitt is looking to cut the pay of 2,500 employees by five percent.

This is not to say that the Fraud Governor does not value these departments. In fact, "sources say" that managers of these self-same departments were all given healthy raises, many of whom bring little more to the job than a Globe, a Herald, and a large-light, two sugars.

Oddly enough, many of the workers that Wilard Mitt has targeted for pay cuts have a 50 percent federal reimbursement through triggers like the Department of Mental Retardation's 'Omnibus Waiver.' Which means that while each worker will get whacked for a 5 percent loss, the state will save but 2.5 percent.

Holy smokes. That doesn’t even make sense from a Romney point of view.

And from a worker’s stand-point, it just plain stinks. Each affected employee stands to lose upwards of $200 a month.

Yikes. That’s a lot of books and CDs that they could otherwise be buying from sales-tax-free venders like Amazon, which stock such worthwhile titles as Angry Eric Kriss' Barrel House and Boogie Piano, which not too many people have reviewed yet.

And of course we’d never advocate reviewing an item to spite the author - not even an author who is squeezing your paycheck.

That wouldn’t be fair.


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