LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Company solution

May 16, 2011

What a plan! When the public schools have to put 50 kids in each class, that’s sure to weed out the lower-achieving kids. They’ll probably get so frustrated that they’ll just stay home. But with the new child-labor laws, they don’t have to sit home and play video games; they can get jobs! The governor has reduced unemployment, created myriad new consumers with their own disposable incomes, thereby increasing income tax revenues. This is great!

With the tax break, businesses will be hiring people left and right; so with any luck, the kids can get jobs where their parents work. Think how much they’ll save on gas! Maybe the entire family can work at the same place! Can you see it yet? With the whole family working at the same place (let’s just call it the Company), I expect some forward-thinking Company will see the wisdom of constructing on-site living quarters for their employee-families (EFs), which they will no doubt lease to the EFs at reasonable rates as long as the EFs work there. As an added benefit, like a manufacturing emergency, the employees can be summoned all at once with some sort of signal; say an air-raid siren. To save more gas and make shopping more convenient for EFs, perhaps the Company could build a department store/filling station on-site as well.

Think of the convenience; EFs could buy everything they need right where they live. I’m sure the Company would allow the EFs to run a tab and then just deduct what they owe to the Company store from their monthly paychecks.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “What about the little kids who can’t work?” The governor’s got that covered, too! For the really little kids, the Company can hire someone for minimum wage to watch them (no licensing needed if the day care is where the parents work). One adult to 25 infant/toddlers should probably do fine. For the kids between 5 and 12 years of age, the Company could build a charter school. That’d bring in revenues to the Company of about $7,000 a kid. (Less that $420 cut, of course.) You know what? What if the Company required the kids who are working to go to school on an off-shift? Three school-shifts a day and you’re talking about getting some real work out of those lazy teachers who are bleeding the state coffers dry.

Everyone’s working, everyone’s going to school, more people are paying taxes and Michigan’s economy is going gang-busters. Why would anyone even want to retire?

— James Dean, Grand Haven

Comments

King Ding

If you think my tax dollars out of my paycheck should just be handed over to MEA year after year to increase bloated school district budgets you can plant it where the son dosn't shine.

You can spout off in sarcasm all you want because, the fact of the matter is this state has lost too many jobs, and are two steps away from being an unrealisticly welfare state. Anytime the government payroll (which includes welfare, and unemployment) is higher than that of the private citizens what you have is a welfare state, with the few providing more and more to the have nots.

This state needs JOBS for people to work, and crying whoa is me for the children just simply won't work. The MEA’s position is essentially that all teachers, the good and the mediocre (and sometimes the downright awful), must receive equal pay and benefits as well as airtight protection from competition. Why is that? Why every year in my job do I have to have two salary and position reveiws, why do I have to pay 3-10% more for my healthcare but government employees do not? Do they somehow work harder than I?

If the taxpayers are going to pay for schools, they should control how those dollars are spent, either directly or through their elected officials. If the duly-elected officials reach a consensus that teachers in public schools should receive merit pay based on student performance, then it ought to be so. That federal dollars are involved complicates matters, but it doesn’t negate the basic principle that the public — NOT THE MEA (READ:UNION!!!)— ought to control how government functions.

CHEW ON THIS:
Public Sector vs. Private Sector
•Bringing public-employee benefits in line with private-sector averages would save $5.7 billion in Michigan.
•Public-sector bargaining privileges are not inalienable rights.
•Public-sector wages and benefits have increased while the private-sector's have fallen.
Public School Teachers
Salary

•Nationally, Michigan has the 8th highest average public school teacher salary.
•From 2003 to 2009, Michigan teaching salaries were the highest in the nation when controlling for state per capita personal income.

When the recession began the MIchigan private employment fell 10.8%; however the Goverment payroll only fell .8% now how and the heck are we going to pay for that with 11% of our work force NOT WORKING any longer?

Taxing senior give me a break Michigan is one of just three states that exempt pension income from the state income tax.....why should they get a free ride? Were not talking about poor people on social security and medicare....these are not pensions.

If you want to over pay teachers please forward 50% of your pay to the State of Michigan otherwise shut yer trapper!

snlfan

Oppps sorry double post by mistake... Oh I did have paragraph strucure, the system removes extra lines between.

snlfan

King Ding,

Your ranting, rambling writing style, brings to the fore of exactly why our education system should be the last thing cut in tough economic times. We as a society in general have moved toward a highly skilled educated work force as more manufacturing jobs are moved to low wage countries. Look the products in your local Wal-Mart, many made in the USA(no), but are they cheep (yes). More investment developing technology and skills is where we need to go.

I find it laughable that you complain about how you pay more year to year for healthcare, then question why unionized workers don't get hit as hard. How about this for an answer, they are unionized! Ever thought that bargaining as a group may benefit the members of the group? How about the whole country bargaining as a group for an equitable insurance system, wait, the Tea Party sais that is socialism and will doom us all.

Part of the reasoning that people fall into that public employees are over compensated and fail to compensate for is job requirements. Public service jobs as a percentage of the work force generally require a degree of higher education or skilled apprenticeship for eligibility to be employed. Do you want the person that is inspecting the bridge you drive on to be under qualified for the position to save the taxpayer some money. What’s more expensive, paying a qualified person, or settling the compensation claim after the bridge fails?

King Ding

Captn Pea, while I can admit my reply was just that rambling, it is in no way a representation of our current education system. But thank you kindly for the personal attack; I’m sure somewhere along the way I have attacked you, personally. Let’s take a quick look at your reply, so we can shoot large glaring holes in your well constructed educated reply, shall we?

1st since you’re a self admitted Wal-Mart Shopper, I’ll assume I have seen you in a few of my emails (READ: People of Wal-Mart). Your first construct is to enlighten me by saying “We as a society in general have moved toward a highly skilled educated work force”; however two sentence later you then befuddle me by saying we need more investment to develop our technology and our skills?

It’s ok if you constructed your argument in a confusing way; I still get the gist of it. The only problem with your simpleton view is that it does not take into account what technology in itself has accomplished. Each and every new technology shifts the speed needed to create the next technology. What this has created is a quagmire on technology based jobs in our country. The United States no longer has a comparative advantage, in any areas. If I’m wrong please feel free to list the areas in which we hold a comparative advantage, because in my opinion we do not (outside of the military industrial complex)

2nd I have nothing against unions (Besides the NFLPA)….What I take issue with is the Public Sector Unions. Why because I do not get a true voice in how they get paid or who pays for their benefits. And lets be clear Captain Pea a high percentage of jobs not considered hourly employment in this country REQUIRE a degree. Public Sector employees are not somehow magically gifted, to be better, stronger and smarter than their counterpart private sector workers. The issue with Public Sector Unions is they are negotiating with themselves. There is nobody in the middle. Governor Granholm is a great “example” of this: She authorized the Child Care workers to be mandated into a Union.

WHY? It was not to get them better wages; rather it was a mean to funnel more weekly and monthly guaranteed money into the MEA (UNION). Side note if you Google Grandholm’s biggest contributor you will come up with MEA. Now so you don’t blast me here…I am not attacking Grandholm, just using this specifically to show why Public Sector Unions are not good for Tax Payers.

They are at the negotiating table with their own employee if you will. Another example, and once that will dilute your theory of only Public Sector employees being smart enough to inspect a bridge is the prevailing wage law. It doesn’t matter if an outside qualified firm wants to do the job cheaper they cannot. Public sector unionism lacks the economic justifications for private sector unionism. It results in significant distortions of the political process, which have real adverse consequences for the taxpayers

I’m ok with what I pay for my insurance and I’m very happy to have my job; and I pray for those that do not have one or either. But the simple fact that you work for a township, city or state government should not imply that you are not above the socio economic factors of this country like every other citizen.

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