OPB is going for a second helping from the PERS trough on Tuesday December 13, 2011. It is a follow on show to the December 5 episode featuring Dennis Thompson of the Salem-Statesman Journal. Paul Cleary, Executive Director of PERS, yours truly, and one other former PERS member will be "guests". Cleary will be in the studio, while the two of us commentors will be in the peanut gallery from the phone lines. I won't have to call in. They will call me and give me my 15 seconds of fame (or not). Paul will, no doubt, be talking about the facts of PERS; hopefully those illuminated by the semi-annual publication called "PERS By The Numbers", which the Statesman Journal editor, Dick Hughes, seems to have just discovered although this publication has appeared twice annually since 2005. It is really worrisome when the MSM cannot discover a document that would have answered virtually ALL questions since it first came into existence. No wonder most of us have little or no respect for the MSM.
This follow on show on OPB and "Think Out Loud" is the result, I'd like to think, of the loud protests evident on the OPB web site about having Thompson on before any facts were presented about the PERS system. While I am optimistic that Cleary and I can present facts that will allow the public to understand better how benefits come into existence in the PERS system, I am pessimistic because my experience has shown that most people who have an ax to grind with the PERS system don't understand a whit about it and are, to steal words from my wife, "invincibly ignorant".
My counterpart on the show will be someone who can't understand why his friends or neighbors, teachers, can possibly get or deserve their $72,000 annual benefit. I make considerably more as the nosy among you have probably figured out, but my benefit can be explained away easily. My "opponent" on the show is wrong and I hope to be able to show him why. Of course, "history is obdurate" so I may not be successful in convincing him or anyone else who simply refuses to know. A friend from a past life used to say "people would rather believe than know". I think truer words have not been spoken.
Tune in for yourself on OPB radio to Think Out Loud Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. The PERS segment is scheduled to be at the top of the hour.