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Let working class pay for own retirements, not government’s

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2006

In regard to Sen. Tom Wagoner’s message on the pension shortfall (Oct. 5):

Where pray tell is it carved in stone that monies taken from the working class people and small business owners, must as matter of political act, go toward the enhancement of pension or healthcare programs for government employees?

Admittedly some in the private sector have been prudent enough to invest or save toward a more comfortable retirement, but, by the same untarnished token, a much larger portion of the working and small business community have not been able to do so due to the high taxes and low wage scale that exists in the private sector.

No working person or small business person should be forced, by the government, to surrender any part or their hard earned money in order to enhance retirement or healthcare benefits of the well paid men and women employed by the government. Most of which are in the top 20 percent of the pay bracket once the, “perks,” of those positions are taken into consideration.

For the government to take even one red cent from workers and small business persons, in the private sector, in order to enhance the life-styles of bureaucrats, beyond their very livable wage, boarders on malice.

John Anderson

Kenai



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