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Friday, February 27, 2009
This irony amuses me no end. The cleverness of Judge Lipscomb and Bill Gary have come back big-time to bite the employers on the butt at a time when they can least afford to have this happen. It tickles me to see these folks slowly twisting in the wind. Your cleverness, your brilliance, and your eagerness to sock it to PERS members and retirees has finally come back to haunt you. So sad.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
From PERS to me today:
"The new tax withholding tables incorporate the Making Work Pay credit. This new credit applies only to earned income. Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), pension income is specifically excluded from the definition of earned income. However, the IRC also indicates that withholding from pension payments is to be administered as if the pension payments were a payment of wages by an employer to an employee for the appropriate payroll period. This creates a potential conflict that has been presented to the IRS for clarification and direction on whether pension systems like PERS should implement the new withholding tables."
So until the IRS clarifies this further, it is not at all a given that PERS benefits will be affected by the new rules.
"Krieger suggested that if all those receiving PERS government retirement gave up 8-10 percent, it would almost wipe out the deficit. Oregon is the only state in the union that pays 100 percent of insurance costs for employers. He states he is not against government workers at all, but thinks most folks would be willing to give up something in the recession to help so we can make it through this difficult period. "
I don't know what planet Mr. Krieger cruises on, but he is blowing smoke out his ass (forgive my language, but this just infuriates me no end). My advice to Mr. Krieger is to chat-up former Senator Greg Macpherson to find out what happens to legislators who decide to go up against PERS retirees and PERS active members. He isn't against government workers but then basically slams them against the wall with this comment that "Krieger has noticed the government does not do a good job when they have to make cuts. They go on as though things are OK. " I say bullshit Mr. Krieger! You don't know what you're talking about. Try being a government worker for a day, or two, or a week. We've got thousands of readers here who might want to correct your lying and dissembling anti-public employee attitude. Just remember Greg Macpherson when you come up for re-election in District 1. That's around Gold Beach in southern Oregon. You folks reading from down there ought to make sure you end this guy's legislative career on the grounds of gross stupidity.
I have to remind myself that we're into the second month of "silly season". This is the second month of the Oregon Legislature. Legislators with no intelligence and nothing to recommend them for future service usually come up with these dumb-ass ideas about now to gain some headlines. Fortunately, most of these guys end up in obliquoy. Sayonara Representive Krieger.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
On the other side of the Atlantic, my other great hero was born on the same day in 1809. He too was constitutionally opposed to slavery, but his upbringing taught him the folly of enslaving people. He was a quiet, pathologically shy person, who wrote extensively about nature. He eschewed his training as an country parson to go on to become the first naturalist to actually put together a theory based on hundreds of thousands of observations that would explain not only how all life forms were related, but also to develop a mechanism that would explain this. Contrary to popular belief, he never used the term "evolution" to explain his mechanism. This was not because he didn't believe in evolution, but because evolution didn't mean what it means today. He used the phrase "descent with modification". Charles Darwin, born February 12, 1809.
When I think about people who had profound influences on the way I think, the political stances I find myself taking, and my grab-bag collection of knowledge, I can identify no two more influential people in my life.
Happy birthday Chuck. Happy birthday Abe. You changed my life for the better.