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  1. Real World

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    To me, this should be considered a crime. Anyone attempting this, or helping someone do so, should be charged with theft. :mad:

    BTW, these are the things people should be protesting.


    Money for ‘nothing’

    Officials: No-show job boosts ex-pol’s pension

    By Chris Cassidy
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Updated 10 minutes ago


    Former Weymouth Mayor David Madden executed a potentially lucrative maneuver on his way out the door — stepping down as mayor and arranging for himself a brief no-show job as fire chief, retiring days later in a bid to boost his pension by $33,558, according to documents and frustrated state regulators, who lost their battle over the benefits before an appellate board and now plan to sue.

    “At a time when so many of us are working to improve transparency and accountability in government, this decision is inexplicable,” said Joseph Connarton, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission. “We have fought this case from the beginning and continue to do so vigorously.”

    Madden took an unpaid leave of absence in 1999 as the city’s fire chief to serve two four-year terms as mayor, according to the appellate board’s decision. But weeks before his last term expired in 2007, the document said, Madden designated the town solicitor as temporary mayor for the purpose of reinstating Madden briefly as the fire chief, while the chief at the time accepted a voluntary demotion to deputy chief.


    Money for ‘nothing’ - BostonHerald.com


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    #80 Jersey

    KBR called
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    These things are so common in Massachusetts that it hardly generates any news or outrage anymore. :mad:
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    #75 Jersey

    Yup, nothing to see here. Who cares if people are stealing from the public purse while the Koch Brothers are still allowed to live and breathe?

    From the ultra-right-wing MSNBC site:

    $500,000 in pensions: 'Insane' even for Illinois? - US news - Life - msnbc.com

    Doesn't that make them part of the 1%?
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    This crap has been going on in california for a long time. And it spans both parties, and includes not just bureaucrats and pols but policemen and firemen, too.
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    This viscious circle will continue, until we get the $$ and profit out of politics. We keep electing these idiots expecting something different....Citizens United will cause these upcoming elections, and those who get elected to be like these a-holes on steroids...watch.

    War profiteeroing should be illegal
    Political profiteering should be illegal

    This is a case for the death penalty IMHO, that would be a proper deterrent.


    no public servant deserves a 500k/year pension!


    and unless you invented free energy, no private sector person does either.
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    #11 Jersey

    It is a local issue that happens in every state. This guy played the system and his cronies in Weymouth went along with it.

    Did you see that PERAC (Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission) is fighting this?
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    As long as the politicians get to allocate so many taxpayer $$$$ people will pay pols to get their'fair share'.


    Article on RI possible the first state to default:

    Rhode Island: Athens of America? | Via Meadia

    Athens of America RI?

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    RI is probably not going to default, but does have significant problems..

    A major problem that the negotiators on the other side of the table benefitted from what happened on the other side of the table..

    The State Failed to pay their share into the Pension Fund during the Boom 90's

    Even in the midst of the current efforts of reformation of the pension system, the judges are not going to be touched, in fact will get more..

    The majority of pensioners are low end folks.. < 35K per year.

    It is a mucknig fess, for a lot of reasons.. but to just blame unions seriouslly begs the issue..
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    #11 Jersey

    So nice of 13 to post a link from yet another right wing blog to try and make a point. The system is broken and that tool bag in Weymouth should be the poster child.

    No need to play left vs right. Local politics is more corrupt than organized crime and that includes both Dems and Repubs.
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    There is so much anecdotal stuff out there in local, county and state government.. unfortunately, it happens all the time.. read about a guy who works one day somewhere, so he can get a sweet upgrade on his pension. Usually he is the brother or someone's well to do brother in law.

    What is needed is a vigilant watchdog group that will keep their eyes on these things and make sure they make the front page everytime it happens..

    All of it is highway robbery of the american citizen, and whoever makes these decisions needs to feel the swift sword of justice..

    These are the folks who literally drain local pensions and create the headlines, but the reality is most folks are not getting rich off of pensions..
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    Who?

    Ah, ok. For the life of me, I can't understand why anyone would look at this story, and attempt to defend or deflect from the theft that's taking place. Oh well.
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    #11 Jersey

    PERAC was a good start in Massachusetts when it was created in 1996 but needs more power nowadays. Cracks me up how Republicans only think that Democrats try to play the system.

    I'm sure there are plenty of examples of Republicans attempting to play the system in Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, etc. You know, the Red States.
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    This happens in every state, every county and every municipality.. does not have all that to do with unions, but with the privileged few who are "taken care of" by the powers to be.

    You do not need to dig too deep to find their connections, and who they know or blow..
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    #80 Jersey

    KBR

    And I don't see anyone here defending this crap....unless I'm reading shizz wrong...

    From MY perspective, if this pisses you off, ALL waste and theft should be pissing you off. Letting KBR, NO bid contracts on cooked up wars, Bank Bailouts, war profiteering etc slide...


    then getting pissed at this is absolute crap.
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    And the right wing wants to weaken the federal government, which has lots of checks and balances (opposition party, the msm, special interest groups) to local government. The only serious checks and balances on local government are local newspapers (like the Herald and Globe here), but newspapers are dying. Obviously, Republicans who believe in states rights are willing to look the other way when in comes to local corruption, which is rampant in every state.
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    Patters logic: There's a lot of corruption in Massachusetts, therefore republicans are evil and racist. :rolleyes:

    That's almost as sad as his "logic" that "There's a neutrino that travels faster than light, therefore republicans are evil and racist."
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    No, that's your illogical interpretation of what I wrote. What I wrote is that states rights breeds corruption and Republicans embrace state's rights. Shifting more power to the states will lead to more examples of 'money for nothing.'
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    Federal rights breeds corruption too.
    Patters logic: There's a lot of corruption in Massachusetts, therefore republicans are evil and racist. :rolleyes:
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    Empowering government at any level is the problem. "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely".

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