"Face facts, the bailouts of the banks worked and did not ended up costing the taxpayer anything."
Nothing was solved by the bailout, which was FASHIONED by WALL STREET. Too big-to-fail financial institutions still exist and Wall Street is their playground.
If you are involved in the financial industry, you are among the trees, playing Tarzan, swinging from exotic playhouse to exotic playhouse, and cannot possibly see that an altogether different forest could be grown.
PERS retirements I'm familiar with is based on years of service and contributions. It's not like a person can work two years and receive a golden paycheck for life. Public employees pay into their system. You may disagree with public pensions but that's no reason to dismiss the contributions. By the way, I could not live on my public retirement alone, so I also contributed to a 457 plan...just like your 401k. All I asked is that youacknowledge they pay into their system...it isn't free.
All I know regarding Planned Parenthood is that they are mandated by law to not use money for the handful of abortions that they perform at their offices. If they "funnel" that money for that, well, that would be a violation of the law, but I have yet to ever hear of it.
PBS and NPR receive literally pennies on the dollar from the federal government to operate; the VAST majority comes from private contributions. Considering how vast our corporate welfare system is, I would venture to say that BIG radio stations receive FAR MORE money from government than NPR ever could dream of, in the form of corporate welfare.
Now, I'm curious about something. Why would you specifically target PBS and NPR, two bastions of knowledge, information, and education for our society on all levels as being "welfare daddies?" I understand all too well that anti-intellectualism is all of the rage with regressives today, but what is it about these educational entities that threaten you? Are you not more angered that big corporations today pay ZERO in taxes, all the while shipping our jobs overseas? I find this curious...
Now, for the facts regarding this state educator.
1. I pay into my retirement account as well. Yes, my employer (the state) contributes a portion into it as well. Call it a "perk," if you will.
2. Most people who work in medicine and higher education are in the TIAA-CREF retirement system (you can read it online). In short, it's a private account as well, and NOT, I repeat, NOT a state pension. I contribute, and will get, ZERO in state pension.
3. TIAA-CREF, because it is private, invests in the exact same investments that your 401k does. If our TIAA-CREF accounts tank, we don't get to retire either. I, personally, lost $10,000 from my account from the deregulated ;) economic collapse caused by banking weasels in 2008. Many people didn't retire around that time because of the money that they lost as well.
4. So, no, you are not stating "facts" when you speak of all educators. Your ignorance must be embarrassing at times.
Now, let's go pick on some police officers and firefighters, shall we? Sounds like those folks, ALONE, are keeping you in your place in society, keeping your wages and benefits low. With education, you, too, can have your oppportunity to get on our gravy train and racket. NO ONE is stopping you, aside from your own resentment of those who like their jobs, and if you want to cry about how good we have it, NO ONE is stopping you.
Sorry, but as a state employee, I get a bit tired of defending myself against people who think that we have collapsed the economy, all the while supporting the very people who DID collapse it. Go figger...
As far as corporations not paying taxes, I don't care. It doesn't anger me at all. We have one of, if not the top, tax rate for businesses in the world. That drives jobs overseas more than anything. And you know what, if someone owns a company I think they should be able to do business wherever they want. They don't have to pay all the regulation costs in America if they can do it cheaper somewhere else. And, let's not forget that a lot of jobs get shipped in. I work for a Japanese company that shipped those jobs over here. If people don't like businesses that ship jobs elsewhere, then start your own business. This is America where we are supposed to have the freedom to do so. If people quit telling Americans that the dream is gone and they have no hope except for government intervention, then we may start to see another upswing in new business. But right now all we hear from those in congress and the WH is that big business is evil and the rest of us are screwed, so why try.
However, you claimed that it was a UNION bailout, which I said was nonsense. Are you still trying to claim that, as your article said NOTHING about a union bailout.