SO CA UFCW – Update

One of the five large multiemployer plans who are the biggest threats to the system, as fingered by an Institute for Pension Fund Integrity issue brief, just submitted another 5500 filing:

Plan Name: Southern California UFCW Unions and Food Employers Joint Pension Fund

EIN/PN: 95-1939092/001

Total participants @ 3/31/20: 188,308 including:

  • Retirees: 49,151
  • Separated but entitled to benefits: 84,259
  • Still working: 54,898

Asset Value (Market) @ 4/1/19: $4,662,483,613

Value of liabilities using RPA rate (3.08%) @ 4/1/19: $12,564,724,487 including:

  • Retirees: $6,221,417,176
  • Separated but entitled to benefits: $2,639,275,372
  • Still working: $3,704,031,939

Funded ratio: 37.11%
Unfunded Liabilities as of 4/1/19: $7,902,240,874

Asset Value (Market) as of 3/31/20: $4,259,763,697

Contributions 2019 (MB): $293,700,227

Contributions 2019 (H): $293,706,230

Payouts 2019: $468,767,646

Expenses 2019: $34,229,287

72 responses to this post.

  1. Dateline Vermont, Jan 17 2021

    ‘Painful’ cuts proposed in pensions for teachers, state employees

    “The problem is mostly the result of the state underfunding the system for decades, particularly in the 1990s, and overly optimistic assumptions about investment returns.”

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    • Posted by geo8rge on January 19, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      In a report submitted to the Legislature on Friday, Pearce suggested a series of changes that would require active employees to contribute more and take a lower payout. Her recommendations would not impact retirees currently receiving benefits.

      https://vtdigger.org/2021/01/17/painful-cuts-proposed-in-pensions-for-teachers-state-employees/

      Gov. Cuomo proposal would raise tax for wealthiest New Yorkers to 14.7%, highest combined rate in nation

      https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/19/cuomo-proposal-would-raise-tax-for-wealthiest-new-yorkers-to-14point7percent.html

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    • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      There is VERY little doubt that the amount Taxpayers have ALREADY contributed would result in a funded ratio in excess of 100% if the Plan’s promised pensions had a generosity level EQUAL to that which can be provided by the 4%-of-pay that is all most Private Sector workers typically get in retirement security contributions from their employers.

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      • Posted by MJF on January 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm

        It’s odd but the 401k suckers take 100% of the risk and earn 20% of the return. Read Jack Bogle, he invented the system. Public servants take 0% of the risk and earn way over 100% of the gains. It’s simple math. Not sure what the logical argument is here.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 8:23 pm

          No “logical”, but the result (of current Public Sector DB pensions) is THEFT of Private Sector Taxpayer wealth.

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    • “Every year, the treasurer prepares an “annual required contribution” (ARC) to each plan: the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System and Vermont State Teachers’ Retirement System.

      For fiscal year 2018, Pearce recommends $52 million in state funding for VSERS and $88.4 million for VSTRS, a total pension obligation of $150.4 million. That’s a big bite — and a 3.6 percent increase over last year’s ARC.

      Here’s the rub: Of that $150.4 million, only $22.4 million is the cost of current obligations. The rest — a stunning $128 million — is required to make up for past shortfalls.

      The biggest resulted from two events: the Great Recession of 2008, which hammered the pension funds’ investments, and a period of underfunding VSTRS that lasted from 1991 to 2007. Since then, the state has paid its ARC in full every year, but the 16 years of underfunding took its toll in lost investment income.

      As a result, says Pearce, roughly 80 percent of next year’s ARC is effectively “the mortgage payment on our unfunded liability.” Those mortgage payments will continue for years to come.”

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 9:40 pm

        Quoting ……………

        Yes, but that shortfall that would likely be ZERO if, as I stated above ………..

        “the Plan’ had a generosity level with an annul cost EQUAL to that which can be provided by the 4%-of-pay that is all most Private Sector workers typically get in retirement security contributions from their employers.”

        No matter how many times or how strongly you try to make readers believe otherwise it …………The ROOT CAUSE of the Public Sector pension mess almost ALWAYS traces back to grossly excessive generosity.

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  2. Posted by MJF on January 19, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    I know, I made overly optimistic assumptions about how that plane would fly. Easy out thanks everyone, give me my pension. Full pay until I’m 90. Gracias. Oh don’t forget the COLA and health coverage. Send the bill somewhere ok?

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    • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      Nice !

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      • Posted by MJF on January 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm

        There are a lot of occupations that involve very stressful physical and mental fatigue. Can we all go home with 100% and rising pay? Not sure why not.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 10:47 pm

          As some Public Sector workers/retirees say to Taxpayers (particularly those who object to the over-sized Public Sector pensions & benefits ………… “Fuck You, Pay Me”.

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  3. Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Article: “Mitch McConnell: Capitol Hill mob was ‘provoked’ by Trump”

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/19/politics/mitch-mcconnell-rioters-provoked/index.html

    That his way of saying the is going to vote for and support Trump’s impeachment conviction, and the secondary vote to prevent him from ever holding Federal Public Office again.

    Republican’s would be crazy to NOT want to get that misfit out of the political way for good.

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    • Posted by PS Drone on January 19, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      I’m confused. What does McConnell’s thought process have to do with the UCFW pension plan or the state of Vermont’s poor PS Drones?

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 9:47 pm

        Oh, you’re not “confused” ……… just your way of objecting to my strong dislike of out dickhead President.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2021 at 10:50 pm

        P.S …… I’m waiting for dickhead Trump to announce the those new Pardons.

        I’m sure that all will be worth (well-vetted) choices.

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        • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 4:13 am

          I heard late tonight he is pardoning an old friend of mine, Kwame Kilpatrick of MI who is doing a LONG federal prison term…. Just re-checked- it’s a done deal 😎

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  4. Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Watching James Corden’s show ….. hilarious.

    Seems Trump’s is now going to start soliciting funds to start building his Presidential Lie-brary.

    PERFECT ….. over 53,000 known lies over his 4 years

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  5. https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnns-don-lemon-doubles-down-on-lumping-all-trump-voters-with-klansmen-nazis-i-believe-what-i-said
    How about it guys? How many in here that voted Trump are klansman and Nazis? Don Lemon is trash.

    @TL— soooo, if I agreed to hire you to paint my house for $5,000 let’s say and after you did the job, I expressed satisfaction with the painting but told you, while I can afford to pay the whole $5, I’m only giving you $3500 or $4 cause I feel your price is now too high, and YOUR livelihood and family depended on the $$, I’m quite sure your response to me would be Fuck you, pay me. Sooo, go scratch your ass. And get out your check book. Cause unless your moving out , your paying🤔
    You don’t have to be happy about it, but indeed you will pay it as long as you own your home. You know, the one you get to wear your jammies in and still make a living. Finance lady worth half of what she makes. Non essential ass hat. And easily replaceable with someone we should pay less.
    What’s that? That what your employer agreed to pay you? Hmmm. Ok. Same here. Go get your cocoa, the tea pots boiling.

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    • Posted by MJF on January 20, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      E I think your logic is inconsistent here because you convolute the past, present and future. Ok TL agreed to paint your house for five grand. She took a one thousand dollar deposit and agreed to future payment terms. But you fall on hard times and declare bankruptcy. Hence TL cannot be paid. That’s actually what the situation is.

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      • Whose declaring bankruptcy? I’m all ears

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        • Posted by MJF on January 20, 2021 at 1:02 pm

          One of the major themes of this blog is under funded pensions. They are technically bankrupt and require massive infusions of rescue money from tax payers. Tax payers have been pushed to the brink in many states, they are fleeing their homes. By bankrupt I mean every pension fund out there, whether public or private, should be 100% funded, daily. Your argument assumed the $5k was in the bank the day TL painted the house. It was a false assumption in the context of pension funding.

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          • Nj PFRS is in much better shape than any of the others in NJ. I do not consider them linked to any other pension, nor should they. There was a successful push to separate this system from the grimy grasp of the politicians. Again as Mary Pat says, the police portions are itty bitty.
            NJ for all its faults is either first or second in per capita income in this country, has the best or second best education system as well, even with Newark and Camden etc. I know. I see the requirements for a NHS scholarship state by state. We have the toughest PSAT scores in the country to qualify. We are smarter here.
            The home values will continue to be crazy this year. Why? Cause there will be lots of buyers. Buyers with young kids that want a great school system. Many sellers walking away with more than they ever dreamed of. So don’t tell me your local cops pension fund is putting people on the bread line. It ain’t. Yes taxes are outrageous here. But salaries are among the best in the country. Make it here and then move(which I beleive you did correct?) I thought you said you left th country but the insinuating that it was FL). I bought a lake house in PA last month. First step. Still don’t know when or if I’ll move out Jersey. Odds are good at some point but I never say never. Wife hates the cold. I could see selling here and snowbirding between PA and FL(dec Jan feb mar). I don’t ever want to voluntarily move to far from my kids that I never see them. I can deal with winters jn FL but not much else

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          • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 2:54 pm

            Quoting E ………….. “NJ PFRS is in much better shape than any of the others in NJ. ”

            That’s an accurate statement, with a HUGE “but”, the “but” being that (when using the identical assumptions and methodology as that employed by Moody’s, and used in the valuation of Single-employer Private Sector DB Plans) PFRS has a funding ratio of just about 50%.

            And to put that in perspective, on that SAME basis, when Private sector Plan funding ratio’s drop below 60%, they are consider to be in such poor financial condition that FUTURE service accruals are stopped.
            ————————————————–

            Quoting E …………….

            ” Again as Mary Pat says, the police portions are itty bitty.”,
            and
            “So don’t tell me your local cops pension fund is putting people on the bread line. ”

            That’s NOT the important point, which is that your pension should be reasonable, and fair to taxpayers (who are now responsible for 85% to 90% of the total cost), neither of which it has ever been, is today, or will be unless materially reduced.

            Your pension is so generous, that it’s TRUE cost (as a %-of-pay per year) to Taxpayers is about 10 TIMES the 4%-of-pay into a 401K Plan that is all most Taxpayers now get in retirement security from their employers. There is simply ZERO justification for that, and the only reason Public Sector workers get such ludicrously excessive pensions (AND benefits) is because of self-serving, bribe-taking (in the form of Union campaign contributions, and election support or threats), taxpayer-betraying Elected Officials.

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          • Apropos of …whatever, in regard to unions buying politicians, I have mentioned before the OpenSecrets statement that “Whatever slice you look at, business interests dominate, with an overall advantage over organized labor of about 16-to-1.”

            That was national data, apparently not so in New Jersey.

            If money talks, labor whispers while business interests roar.

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          • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 21, 2021 at 1:17 pm

            More Dougiee BULLSHIT. In CA 5 of the top 10 political contributors are PUBLIC UNIONS, with the CTA, teachers union, #1 for the past 20+ years. STFU Dougiee, you public union stooge.

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    • A guy meets a prostitute in a bar …
      She says, ‘This is your lucky night. I’ve got a special game for you. I’ll do absolutely anything you want for $500 as long as you can say it in three words.’ The guy replies, ‘Hey, why not?’ He pulls his wallet out of his pocket and lays $500 on the bar, and says slowly. ‘Paint…my….house.’

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      • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 2:41 pm

        A guy meets a prostitute in a bar …
        She says, ‘This is your lucky night. I’ve got a special game for you. I’ll do absolutely anything you want for $500 as long as you can say it in three words.’ The guy replies, ‘Hey, why not?’ He pulls his wallet out of his pocket and lays $500 on the bar, and says slowly. ‘Paint…my….house.’

        Dougiee doing prostitute “jokes”, what is this blog coming to …. Well at least they’re not tranny prostitute “jokes”….

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    • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Bad analogy………..

      A more accurate one would be ………… Painter (A) speaking to customer (B)…

      (A) So you want me to paint your house? Now you know my brother is in the mafia, and while I don’t want to work with him, there is big money there. So, while I know the paint job is worth $3,500, you are going to pay me $5,000, or my Brother might feel that I was disrespected and break your legs.

      (B) (peeing in his pants) OK $5,000 sounds about right

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  6. Posted by MJ on January 20, 2021 at 7:52 am

    TL, you can try to explain it until you are blue in the face, mathematically, logically, actuarially, statistically…….. I will maintain my stance about the public workers and the fiscal nightmare of it all

    THEY DON’T CARE

    And Yellen recommended keeping the printing press going so I guess all will be well especially since Dems will be running the show for a very, very long time.

    And do yourself a favor, stop with the name calling, it makes you sound like a low class deplorable 🙂

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    • I listened to Joe Connolly this morning on WCbS news and he stated that we have such a teacher shortage that many schools couldn’t reopen to pre pandemic levels due to staffing issues. Don’t take my word for it, he said it. Why is that? Hmmm. Same as the police. NO ONE on here wants my job for themselves or their kids but ALL feel free to tell me how I should do it and what I should make. Lol. Why would I say anything else but F U pay me(I forget—what movie is that from anyway?)

      @MJ certainly I care, however no one voluntarily gives up income or bennies etc unless they are a fool, why should I be any different from you in that regard, cause I work for the public? Can’t blame the workers for what they make as long as they put in a honest days work.
      @TL what say you about the teacher shortage(existed before the pandemic)?
      Or quite candidly the disrespect that you show me despite me being the only one on here who defends you? PS MJ and Rex all disagree heavily with your political stance and let you know it. It’s not just that, they see how petty and quite frankly nasty you can be when discussing both politics and pensions. I voted Trump as well, but I prefer to see the good in you and have your back at times on here when it is called for. Something you never afford me…instead your knee jerk reaction is to NEVER agree with any opinion I say.
      I mean really, these guys bitch about my pay but I don’t think it consumes them. Hell, half the time Rex is just trying to get a rise outta me whether he agrees w me or not. I couldn’t imagine that somehow commenting on this blog is ANYTHING more than a bitch sessions and place to shoot the shit on pensions and the news of the day. You actually think somewhere someone in power is reading this and taking advice from a anonymous blogger about fighting for lesser pay for me. Lol. That is borderline delusional. We both know it is a bitch session. Nothing more.

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      • Posted by MJF on January 20, 2021 at 10:28 am

        Yeah no cause to make it personal unless in a complimentary or polite fashion. I’ve read stories of cops who have died at home of starvation because the small town could not give them a pension check. Too proud to ask for help. Not every situation is the same. In contrast a system like Cali’s that sends a lifeguard home at age 50 with $20k a month is total madness.

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        • Should’ve added you to the list e Rex PS and MJ, MJF. My apologies, friend.
          She is a little overboard for sure with her infatuation with the topic. Not sure what she earns, but I’m sure you will agree that often it is those of the best means who complain the loudest about the cost of things. Lol. My friend used to own a flower shop and I used to deliver for him around the big days (Mother’s Day, Easter etc). Quite often.
          The tips were always bigger from people who had less means. ALWAYS!!
          That said, with all that, I still like her.
          Maybe she can just turn the temperature down with My pensions and with voters of the former President. Like Mary Pat and bury both say “the police pension problems are itty bitty, I beleive the term used by that smart woman and man”

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        • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 2:59 pm

          In contrast a system like Cali’s that sends a lifeguard home at age 50 with $20k a month is total madness.
          My home state, could not be more prouddisgusted 🤮

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      • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 2:46 pm

        I listened to Joe Connolly this morning on WCbS news and he stated that we have such a teacher shortage that many schools couldn’t reopen to pre pandemic levels due to staffing issues. Don’t take my word for it, he said it. Why is that? Hmmm. Same as the police. NO ONE on here wants my job for themselves or their kids but ALL feel free to tell me how I should do it and what I should make.
        LOL.. They say the exact SMAE THING in CA Hahaha 🤣🤣🤣 Listen El Feo, it is bullshit in CA, bullshit in NJ and bullshit EVERYWHERE in America. There are well over 100 CERTIFIED teachers that apply for just ONE open slot at any decent K-6 elementary school in CA, at LEAST a 100-1 ratio. It is even a bigger ratio for cops, at least 200-500 applicants for each ONE open slot. But Firewhiner is the most laughable where there are typically 5,000+++ applicants per single ONE open slot at every major metro FD.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm

        E, There is ZERO teacher shortage where we live.

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        • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

          ZERO shortage in CA too. AVERGAE teacher in CA is pulling down $80K in salary (some make as much as $160K in salary Bay Area) and another $40K in benefits. For a part time, 37 week “work year”, and a 36 hour (contracted) “work week”.
          Let us do the “CA Math”, shall we = $120,000/37/36= $90/Hour … MF’er, such a paltry sum! How on earth can these dedicated public servants survive on just $90/Hour?? Low pay all the way … 😎😎😎
          “But it’s for the children… ” 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

          https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=it%27s%20for%20the%20children

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        • TL , stats to back it up? I quoted my source. Your turn….

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          • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 11:15 pm

            I have several acquaintances who are NJ teachers. They tell me there are more qualified applicants than positions (even before COVID), and many districts are now abusing new hires to save money ………. by having no intention of keeping them long enough to get tenured.

            It’s moving to what we have had in colleges for years …….. a revolving door of “instructors”/non-tenured employees. They’re MUCH cheaper.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm

        E, There is no ZERO teacher shortage where we live.

        Per articles I have read, there does appear to be areas (far from NJ) where teacher “wages” are much lower ($40K – $60K), and they say that they can’t live on that.

        But what they don’t want to do is make the comparison (with Private Sector jobs requiring reasonably comparable experience, education, skills, and knowledge) on a Total Compensation (wages + pensions + benefits) basis. Why? Because it will most often show that they aren’t under-compensated, only that more of their COMPARABLE compensation is in the form of deferred income.

        Unfortunately for us in NJ, on a Total Compensation basis, because of their much higher “wages” here, many teachers are indeed over-compensated ………. but of course, no where even remotely near the HUGE overcompensation of NJ Police 🙂 🙂 🙂

        (Still buddies …….. and of course, “most of this is just a bitch-session”)

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        • Record low teaching majors in college these days. If there isn’t a shortage now, there will be. And as I said it was WCBS 880. I’m guessing it is geared to a regional NyC audience.
          And as always, YOU compare my salary to what others make. As I say it should be what I am able to get my employer to pay.
          And I know it’s just venting. after you get it out of your system you and I see eye to eye on most other issues.
          Buddy😉

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          • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 11:04 pm

            Quoting …….. “As I say it should be what I am able to get my employer to pay.”

            I disagree, because UNLIKE in the PRIVATE Sector where the person deciding how much to pay you (generally the owner or his representative) has the best interests in the company in mind, in the PUBLIC Sector the person(s) deciding on your compensation (Elected Officials or their representatives) have only what’s best for THEM POLITICALLY in mind, and don’t give a crap about how much it will cost or whether it’s fair to Taxpayers.

            You KNOW that description is accurate.

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    • THEY DON’T CARE

      Just as misleading, and futile, as TL’s “mathematically, logically, actuarially, statistically……..” diatribe.

      You are talking about at least one of every seven workers in America*, most of whom are only “public workers” for a portion of their working careers.

      1. There is no doubt that some public employees are “overpaid”, mainly due to pensions and benefits.

      2. And many are not.

      3. It is virtually impossible to determine, or agree the extent of that over (or under) payment. (TL’s GIGO demonstrations notwithstanding.)

      4. There is also no doubt that state and local government pensions are (mostly) underfunded. For this we can all agree, there are remedies available. They can be made sustainable and reliable. It has been done. It should be done.

      * “at least”… “Four out of every ten people who work for the U.S. government are private contractors.”
      PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT Oct, 05, 2017

      So what? These are private sector workers, and…

      “Contractors Costing Government Twice as Much as In-House Workforce”
      PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT Sep 13, 2011

      I don’t know how many people working for state and local governments are private contractors, or how much they cost, comparatively. It is a safe assumption they follow the pattern that more highly educated private contractors earn more than their public counterparts, and minimally educated private workers earn more.

      TL can “try” to educate us on the HUGH cost of pensions and healthcare, but he lacks credibility. His cunning linguistics or fallacious logic, or both (soixante-neuf?) leave much to be desired.

      Speaking of the Project On Government Oversight…

      Congratulations President Joe Biden, and good luck.

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  7. Posted by geo8rge on January 20, 2021 at 9:54 am

    On his last day The Donald remembered NJ:

    Trump commutes the sentence of Medicare fraudster and Menendez’s buddy Salomon Melgen

    https://savejersey.com/2021/01/trump-commutes-the-sentence-of-menendezs-buddy-and-medicare-fraudster-salomon-melgen/

    Trump pardons Gilmore (ex-Ocean GOP Chairman George Gilmore.)

    https://savejersey.com/2021/01/donald-trump-pardons-george-gilmore/

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  8. E….we don’t need more teachers we have virtual learning now and with more parents working from home into the the very long future, and dire financial straights for towns and municipalities schools won’t be so quick to hire more teachers. Maybe on a part-time basis as needed. And with more virtual and kids learning at home how many more principals and administrators are really needed?

    Parents have lots more disposable income since they are working from home, private school and parochial schools will be more the norm especially with all of this “woke” curriculum being forced down the throats (no pun intended) for all public schools.

    Homeschooling networks are thriving right now so me thinks that public school enrollment may continue to significantly dwindle through the years. Eventually, those having to pay through the nose for services they are not receiving will put up some kind of a stink

    I guess it’s all ok until it’s not ok but what do I know?

    Honestly, you take all of the nonsense on this blog, name calling, opinion pieces etc, way too personally.

    For the record, despite what TL continually demonstrates to be your over bloated salary and pension, I’d rather have a few extra seasoned cops on the payroll than over paid extra school administrators, paper pushers and “woke” teachers

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    • MJ. Your second paragraph is spot on. Lots of areas that choose to not fund education like we do here in NJ see a big increase in private school.
      Where I disagree with you is the virtual learning. It may be learning but it is NOT school. It should not replace the learning and socializing of actually being with other kids. It might be better for kids getting bullied though. Although not for kids living with shit Parents. Ask AZ about the schools out there. He will tell you.
      I think the teachers should stop complaining about the virus and put a mask on and teach the kids. They need to be IN school.
      Me personally? I’d go nuts spending all day every day working from home. Nuts. So would my wife. And she can and occasionally does. But less than 5% of the time. Hates it.
      I was on a call the other day last week and a guy answered the door in his robe and slippers and sweats at 3pm or so. Million $ Home. Said he hasn’t left the house or changed his clothes in four days. Is that progress? Really?
      Said his company, which I won’t name here, pays for a catered lunch to be delivered every day since this started. Wow. Usually enough for two so his wife, who like TL, also works from home, would eat every day with him. Not sure if she in same clothes for four days. He seemed happy and content like the folks in WALL*E. Lol.
      AND he even stated he put on 15 lbs since started even with a home gym. Lol. So you can’t say “we’re all in this together” cause we aren’t. So TL can spare me with this you “wouldn’t make it in the real world”. Lol. She couldn’t last a month in mine after being pampered at home for almost a years now. Folks like TL like to point the finger at me as they talk with someone struggling as tho she gets their pain. Makes her feel good to make ME the enemy, which in her mind obsolves her of any guilt she may have by knowing she really didn’t have to bust her ass to get where she is compared to the guy in the trenches or that bar owner who is on rough times. She just points at me and says HE is your problem. Walks back in her big house and makes more cocoa. She doesn’t really care about him as he drives off in his 20 year old Camry. She’s never appreciative for what SHE has. Only likes to bitch about what others may have. Even when it is less than she has. Pompous as they come. Doesn’t realize it tho. I’m gonna tell her the truth, not what she wants to hear.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 3:27 pm

        E, YOU are not the enemy ……….. but your pensions & benefits ARE materially too generous and therefore need to be materially reduced.

        Now I’m not advocating for reduction in PAST service accruals (EVEN THOUGH also way too generous and justifiable), just very material reduction in FUTURE service accruals for all CURRENT workers.

        The BS that goes on in the PUBLIC Sector of ONLY applying pension/benefits reductions to new workers (and perhaps to those with less than 5 years of service) is just that …BS. It doesn’t work that way in the Private Sector and it shouldn’t work that way in the Public Sector.

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  9. TL…whatever will you do when Trump fades away? Will you double down on your rage against the public workers, cops?? Will you start to rage against Biden and what’s to come regarding his ultra progressive policies?

    I really do hope that you can take a chill pill with TDS and move onto more productive topics. And stay on the topic of what the blog is about ??

    IDK

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    • She’ll double down. You never when Jon Bramnick may be reading these posts and say “wow, this anonymous blogger has opened my eyes, in running for gov this year and i need a campaign manager and future chief of staff.”
      Right TL?
      She’s an influencer MJ don’t you realize that?

      @TL if you don’t like it, don’t draw first—
      “Ie some public employees like to say fuck you pay me”. Unprovoked attack by a jealous woman. You’re better than that.

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      • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

        @TL if you don’t like it, don’t draw first—
        “Ie some public employees like to say fuck you pay me”. Unprovoked attack by a jealous woman. You’re better than that.

        Yet more warning signs that the TL-El Feo “Bromance” may be over 💕💕💕

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  10. Posted by MJ on January 20, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    E, plenty of socialization for kids with sports leagues, clubs and other activities either as part of the school or part of the community. Kids are kids and will still want to be with friends once visiting each others’ homes open up again.

    Kids who have it rough in school, kids who have been bullied, they love being virtual and it really works for them as it does for many.

    Sad about the call you made. Sadly, depression is a huge co-morbidity due to Covid-19.
    But most that I know, love working from home. More disposable income, less stress with driving, more time to spend with family, more time to enjoy activities, work out, take a class, etc.

    I know a bunch of people who have gotten new and better jobs while interviewing virtually. Whether you like it or not, technology will have a huge impact of schooling and education even at the college level.

    BTW who is an influencer and of what ?????

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    • Lol. TL claims she is an influencer to those in powers to be in reference to public pensions. Lol. Can you imagine?🤣
      There are many benifits to working from home. I’m only one town away from the Pd I work in so the commute is 2 min. My wife’s is 10. So we might feel different if we had a 40 mile commute each day. I just don’t see a thriving compassionate society where kids sit on their laptops all day. As it is now, most people (including the “woke” types, first instinct is to video someone in trouble instead of helping them or at least calling for help. Half the reason for the hate on both sides is social media. I liked Biden’s speech. I wish him well. We can’t divorce our liberal neighbors and TL can’t divorce the public employees who live in her town.
      Personally I feel the majority of kids do MUCH better learning from a live human being in person. Adults working from home is a seperate issue. I think I would like the interaction of seeing human beings other than my dear wife during the workday. Some folks are fine with it. I like the change of scenery. I don’t like being a homebody. Some people live it. I like the outdoors etc.
      but I totally get why some LOVE it, as much as say i enjoy the remoteness of the woods and being of the grid so to speak I do like interacting with people too.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 3:38 pm

        I never claimed that I was an “influenceer”, although I have stated that I’m trying to “educate” those who don’t fully understand the HUGH true cost of Public Sector DB pensions and free or heavily-subsidized retiree healthcare benefits.

        ——————–

        Quoting …………… “…and TL can’t divorce the public employees who live in her town.”

        Again, it’s NOT the workers, only their excessive pension & benefits.

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      • Posted by MJF on January 20, 2021 at 5:58 pm

        Personally I hated school, went to nine of them K-12. But I can see how other kids needed the friends. It needs to be flexible, there is no need for the system to grab you and own you. It’s sickening. Parents should guide their children not hand them over.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      The guy not changing his clothes for 4 days clearly has “other” issues.

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  11. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Needs my help, should I pull the trigger on “Bella” and rescue her ??? Need serious advice 🐾🐾🐾

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    • Resounding yes!!! Unless you have issues with other dogs being aggressive w her, give her a chance. She deserves it and you shouldn’t even need to ask!!!! If you do, hats off to you sir👍
      I have 2 rescue dogs and one old cat and recently my younger daughter (16) brought home a kitten. Got a 1580, can’t say no I guess.

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      • In case you missed it, YES!!! Adopt that cutie. She will love you for it.

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        • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on January 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm

          In case you missed it, YES!!! Adopt that cutie. She will love you for it.
          I am going to do a meet n greet in the next few days with Bella, and I am looking to rescue/adopt Bella. But a Lab Chihuahua mix…@62#…?… LOL. That is one big Chihuahua. All my rescue dogs get along fine. I do have four Chihuahua’s here right now, between 5# and 12#. My largest right now is my American Bulldog @90#, and every pup you can imagine in-between, including a Dalmatian, a German Shepherd, a 28# Schnauzer (the “Sheriff”, aka “Boss”, of my Pack), several Pit Bulls and 2 Frenchie Bulldogs. Bella would be perfect here.
          Stay tuned.🐾🐾

          https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10221778407102928&set=pcb.10221778456864172

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  12. https://mynorthwest.com/2474809/rantz-king-county-erases-christmas-hanukkah-easter-calendar/amp/

    Woke crap. Why trump was so popular in the first place. These SJW just don’t get it.

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  13. Posted by MJ on January 21, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Rex, she is adorable. Adopt her and love her to bits.

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