Much as was feared, the GOP-dominated Legislature, in conjunction with Rick Scott, is attempting to wreak havoc upon the public pension system. For the record, public employees have seen wage freezes over the past few years, and already earn below what others might make in private enterprise. Yet, these public servants — inclusive of firefighters, police officers and teachers — enter their professions because of a genuine desire to serve their community. The pension system offers them an opportunity to have something for their retirement. It is something that every one of else craves — a retirement where we are not mired in economic desperation.
Oftentimes, these public servants place their lives and their bodies on the line — all for the public betterment. Yet, our Legislature and the guy occupying the Governor’s Mansion want to cut corporate taxes, providing even greater kick-backs to those who do not need it, at the expense of everyone else. Our public employees deserve better; our public employees, and the citizens they serve, do not need to be classified as pawns in a coordinated effort to dismantle public services and the overall safety net.
So, I am urging everyone out there to speak out against the “pension deform” legislation being pushed in Tallahassee. Now is the time to fight back against the system, and to make it responsive to the needs of the many, and not those of the wealthy, empowered few.