Can’t say I’m surprised. But still, wow:
The chief psychiatrist for California’s overcrowded prison system was paid $838,706 in 2010, more than any other state employee that year, payroll figures released today show.
The doctor, whose name wasn’t released, had a salary range of $261,408 to $308,640, according to data released today by California Controller John Chiang. The total compensation was raised by bonuses or payout of unused vacation time, according to the controller’s office.
If you don’t see anything wrong with this, then you’re part of the problem. Plain and simple. If the people of California continue to elect nanny-state supporting, overspending politicians as their representatives to state government, then quite frankly, good riddance. Let it break off the continent and sink into the Pacific.
Meanwhile, this insanity.
UPDATE. Linked by Ed Driscoll. Thanks!
At a campaign event over the weekend in Inglewood, California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer seemingly equated being a politician to serving in the military –- and an Iraq War veteran supporting Boxer’s November opponent is calling on her to apologize.
“We know that if you have veterans in one place where they can befriend each other and talk to each other. You know when you’ve gone through similar things you need to share it. I don’t care whether you are a policeman or a fireman or a veteran or by chance a member of Congress,” the California senator said. “[Democratic Rep.] Maxine [Waters] and I could look at each other and roll our eyes. We know what we are up against. And it is hard for people who are not there to understand the pressure and the great things that go along with it and the tough things that go along with it.”
Yes, there’s a lot of pressure involved in bankrupting the country, raising taxes, being incompetent and grabbing it by the scruff of the neck and dragging it into a progressive utopian nightmare.
It’s kind of like ducking mortar attacks, snipers in Afghanistan and IEDs. Can’t you see the similarities?
The Carly Fiorina campaign responds:
“Barbara Boxer’s disrespectful comments underscore just how out of touch she has become after her 28 years in Washington,“ Veterans for Carly Coalition Co-Chairman Lt. Commander Paul Chabot said in a press release, in response to Boxer’s comments. “Equating the experiences of members of Congress with those of brave soldiers who have fought to defend our country is just the latest example in a failed career marked by disrespect for our men and women in uniform.”
Chabot added, “Barbara Boxer owes an immediate apology to all members of America’s armed forces.”
Yes, I understand that Fiorina is not the ideal conservative candidate, and yes I know she’s running an underwhelming campaign, but seriously, Boxer needs to be shown the door and quick.
The people of California need a navel-gazing moment and muster enough willpower to put Boxer out of her political misery once and for all. If they can’t do that, then the people there just get what they deserve from their elected officials.
Greece is in trouble.
The IMF has approved a bailout, but that requires some tough love for the nation’s bloated public payroll:
…[I]t was left to Giorgos Papaconstantinou, the Greek finance minister, to outline the details of the unprecedented rescue package for a eurozone member.
Painting an even starker picture of the nation’s public finances, the politician predicted that with its economy also contracting, Greece’s public debt would hit nearly 150% of GDP before it even began to drop in 2014. At 120%, Athens has the highest public debt to GDP ratio on the continent. “The choice is between collapse or salvation,” he said.
Under the deal, agreed after 10 days of intense negotiations with the IMF and EU, VAT will also rise by two percentage points from 21%. Duties on fuel, cigarettes, alcohol and luxury goods will similarly increase by 10%.
The Greek government has vowed to rush emergency legislation through parliament by next Friday, which will enable it to enact the reforms.
The austerity measures required by the IMF to advance the loan require a lot of fiscal discipline, something that should have been in place all along. But, as a lot of the economies of the EU are finding out, you can’t keep siphoning the public till forever.
The Greek government is learning these lessons the hard way:
[The] protesters set fire to a building and a witness saw firemen evacuate at least four people. “There are probably people trapped in the building,” fire officials said in a statement before the news emerged that people trapped in the building had died. The police blamed what were called “hooded youths” for setting fire to the building.
The Greek fire brigade reported that three people died in the building, a branch of the Marfin Bank on the route of a protest march into the city center, according to The Associated Press. It had apparently been attacked with gasoline bombs.
The demonstrations were the first major protests since the Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou unveiled belt-tightening changes on Sunday that amount to the biggest overhaul of the state in a generation.
As the 24-hour strike began, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told legislators that the 110-billion euro plan to bail out Greece was “about nothing less than the future of Europe and the future of Germany in Europe.”
There is really no difference between what is happening in Europe and what will eventually happen here in the United States if fiscal house remains in disarray. Already California, one of the world’s biggest economies, has been having the same issues–balancing the ever-growing requests for spending vs. treasury receipts.
Here in New Jersey, Governor Christie is doing a yeoman’s job at trying to stem the tide of red ink.
Unfortunately, the Federal government takes the opposite approach and refuses to learn the lessons of what’s unfolding in Europe. The Obama administration and a partisan Congress are encouraging massive growth in spending, and onerous taxes to pay for it all.
Of course it’s not just Greece, nor even just Europe. Pick a nation, pick a state, pick a city — Los Angeles, say. The game is up. The grand Ponzi schemes of modern public financing have reached the point where Mr. Ponzi packs his bags and heads for Paraguay.
The reckoning is coming. We’re so screwed.