Thursday, February 3, 2011

Perdue slices budget; GOP says go deeper - State -

Here's some more reality for you, NotLiberal, the SHP was overly generous for too long, and it's a significant liability to this State. When you have people that only worked for the State for 5 years receiving full health benefits at 65, you've got a problem. This isn't a blame game, it's the fact of the matter that the citizens of this State shouldn't be unduly burdened with the cost of government. You can whine all you like, but to expect everyone else to pay for government's mistakes is more than unrealistic, it's a cancer of unfunded entitlements that will have to arrested over the next 20 years if we're going to survive as a society.

Specifically regarding the SHP, if it were possible to increase copays for State retirees with less than 20 years of service would be the equitable means of reducing costs. At any rate, increased copays and premiums, and reducing benefits are inevitable. I hate that it punishes those with over 20 years of service, as well, but we're on a collision course with the end of a seventy year business cycle characterized by federal deficit spending. The spending is going away, but the debt burden isn't, meaning we're going to pay more and more in taxes while receiving less and less in services. It's inevitable and you may as well get used it.

Perdue slices budget; GOP says go deeper - State -

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