"...One of the proudest moments of public employee unionism was its part in the creation of the New York State Retirement System in 1920. At that time, the state of New York and its public employees joined together to ensure a dignified and economically viable old-age for its workers. Through-out the decades that followed an almost symbiotic tapestry was created - and repeatedly strengthened - which is simple to describe: employees opt for a public service career (not to become rich but) with an understanding that they can retire with a modest pension and health care coverage. Indeed, it is this historic covenant between the state and its government workers which is currently under vicious and unrelenting attack by right-wing ideologues, various media outlets and big business."
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The quote above is from a site I found referencing what I myself always thought of as the covenant. It's how my mom explained to me the reasons some people elected to go into teaching or government jobs. You see, I knew those jobs paid and still pay relative crap compared with other college educated professionals. My mom said we owe them just as we owe our veterans.
I am not a teacher or government employee. Never have been. My aforementioned mother worked for the state going on 25 years before her retirement. She gets a pension check each month that is less than her social security. It barely helps but it's better than nothing.
My brother and sister-in-law are two of those who worked 9 months a year helping to mold the minds of the next generations of leaders. They each spent 35 - 40 years helping students go on to be professionals in high paying careers. Neither of them ever earned six figures in their teaching jobs. But in retirement they are comfortable and having a ball. Jealous I am, but I always understood the choice they made and the promise we all made to them.
Republicans and their wealthy friends are desperate to pay lower taxes so they can leave even larger legacies to their unborn great grand kids. So what do they do? The same trick the kings and dictators of the middle east have used for decades and the people have finally figured out. They ignore the age old promises and they use scapegoats.
The kings used Israel and religion as scapegoats and distractions to keep the poor poor. There was also a German dictator in the last century who pushed this tactic to the limits in his quest for world dominance. Now the GOP(Grand Old Pricks) are trying to divide and conquer by using teachers, government employees and unions as scapegoats. They want you to believe that the recession and lack of a recovery is entirely the fault of those three groups. And Americans being the suckers they are, well Americans are falling for it.