Saturday, June 24, 2006

Pay raise and non-terrorist threat

Ya gotta love California for its chutzpa. Top California Officials to Get 18% Pay Hike. In a state where people are really struggling to keep up with inflation, and where the budget can't really keep up either, the California Citizens Compensation Commission voted the increase against a lot of criticism from fiscal conservatives.

The Governator doesn't accept his salary -- he's a millionaire and doesn't need the $200K so it stays in the state funds. It's the only thing the Governator does that I applaud. Not a reason to keep him in office, of course, but still.

The Attorney General's salary is below many first year associates at top California law firms. There is an imbalance, across the board. Is a pay raise the answer? Maybe slashing the perks the very wealthy get is a better start.

And, FBI Says 7 Terror Suspects Were Mostly Talk. All I can say is election year.


robin andrea said...

I worked at UC Santa Cruz for fifteen years. I remember watching the upper administration get salary increases and perks that would just spin our heads around. It's like congress voting themselves a raise and then voting down an increase in the minimum wage.

About those seven in Miami. I just love how we telegraph to the world how utterly incompetent we are. I think it takes more than empty, but wishful thinking to be a terrorist, it takes the capacity to actually carry out a plan. One of the worst things this administration has done is to make us cynical even about terrorism. They don't believe the sky is falling, they shout to persuade the public to live in fear. The thing we have to fear most is this administration.

DivaJood said...

Robin, you are absolutely right. It is a far cry from what FDR said: the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. In this case, the only thing we have to fear is the manufactured fear spewed by this administration.