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Want to know why New York is Bankrupt?

Want to know why New York is Bankrupt?  Want to cut down on that 5 billion dollar budget gap for fiscal year 2009-10?  How about quit paying government workers retirement pensions when they aren't even retired.  Story

In one example of the "double dipping," Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg retired last year, yet returned to work at the start of his next term.

Now the Nassau County Democrat is paid $101,500 in salary and about $72,000 in pension benefits. He said he didn't pursue the benefit for years after he first became eligible at age 65. But when he turned 75, he wanted to be sure his wife would be provided for.


Ahhhh yes.  Harvey just wanted to dip into the endless public trough to feed his family...  How noble of him.  I remember when Latrell Spreewell declined to sign a 3 year 21 million dollar deal to shoot hoops with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the same reason.  

We shouldn't be mad at Harvey, his extra 72,000 dollars is stimulus.  Well, for him and his family at least.  All that talk about doing what's best for "society" and "the common good" are moot when you have a 72,000 dollars of their money dangled in front of you.

"I didn't do anything wrong," he said Tuesday. "I did what I was advised to do, and what I was told to do by law. And I'm still working. I'm earning my salary and I also earned my pension."

I didn't do anything wrong , don't blame me, my accountants and lawyers MADE me do it.  Don't blame me.  Blame anybody except me.  I work hard and earn my 173,500 dollars fair and square.  It's the system, it's not me.  Don't hate the playa, hate the game.

So while citizens are are forced to cut back, private businesses are forced to lay off workers and cut back, the government can't stop madness like paying unretired workers collecting retirement benefits.  Instead of tightening their belts like everybody else, they'd rather slap a tax on "the evil greedy rich" because this is government and government they shouldn't be subject to common sense.  Old Harvey Weisenburg wants to do what's best for the "common good" and "society" unless he can take 72,000 dollars per year of their money.  This is all when the State of NY is projected to have a 5 billion dollar budget gap in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.  Sickening.