When I graduated from college in the sixties, the only graduates that went to work for government (local, state, or federal) were those who couldn’t find a real job. The pay for bureaucrats was low, however, there was job security (nobody was ever fired) and the benefits were good , including retirement. Pay increases were almost automatic and merit was not a factor. They were pencil pushers or file clerks who put in their time and didn’t make waves. Taxpayers would grumble and complain about the inefficient or poor service they received from their public servants; but what more could they expect from people who were barely scratching out a living? How times change! Although the efficiency and quality of services provided have not improved, today’s public servants are not to be pitied for being poorly paid. An American Thinker article provides an example from the San Francisco Bay area:
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of most wealthy retirees in America. Joining their ranks this month is Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi, who will retire with an annual pension of $423,644 a year. That works out to a little over $35,000 a month.
From Matier & Ross on sfgate.com we learn:
According to county pay records, in addition to her $301,000 base salary, Muranishi receives:
– $24,000, plus change, in “equity pay” to guarantee that she makes at least 10 percent more than anyone else in the county.
– About $54,000 a year in “longevity” pay for having stayed with the county for more than 30 years.
– An annual performance bonus of $24,000.
– And another $9,000 a year for serving on the county’s three-member Surplus Property Authority, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Supervisors that oversees the sale of excess land.
Like other county executives, Muranishi also gets an $8,292-a-year car allowance.
Muranishi has been with the county for 38 years, and she’s 63. When retirement day comes, she’ll be getting a lot more than a gold watch.
That’s because, according to the county auditor’s office, Muranishi’s annual pension will be equal to the dollar total of her entire yearly package – $413,000. She also has a separate executive private pension plan, for which the county chips in $46,500 a year.
Okay. Susan Muranishi is more than a pencil pusher or file clerk. She’s a County Administrator. That is a big job. Surely she rose to that position based on her “merits”, right? But was her years of service worth a $35,000 per month pension? Really?
Is Ms. Muranishi’s case an exception? I doubt it. How many “public servants” in how many cities, counties, states, and the federal government are living high on the taxpayer hog? What happens when the parasites consume the hog? Why do the private sector taxpayers put up with this? How do you spell IGNORANT? Who is going to inform them? Surely not the media.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?