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Pension reform should start with the leaders

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 9:06 a.m. CDT

I have some questions for the representatives of our state regarding the new pension reform.

1) Will the new pension reform affect you – the congressmen and senators?

2) Will the new pension reform affect judges that will [decide] on the challenges to the new pension reform when the reform is challenged?

3) And what about the No. 1 person – the governor; will his pension be affected?

I have a suspicion that the answer to these questions is an emphatic no. If the answer is a no, why aren't these pensions affected as well? Aren't all of these employees part of the state employment ranks as well?

It seems whenever a reform of any kind is implemented, it affects only the little people; for example, the people who work to keep our highways clear of snow and repaired to make them as passable as possible with what they have to work with.

In addition, I am sure that the people who protect and serve us through fire protection and police protection, put a lot more on the line each and every day while serving us, than those of you who are taking it away from them.

And, of course, it also affects all the teachers who work daily to educate the young people who will lead this country in the future. Now these educators, police and fire protection workers, and state employees will be forced to go into their golden years without the pensions they have been promised and worked for all their lives. 

If you are going to implement a pension reform, it should start with the overpaid pensions in the government and work its way down, if you want it to be fair, but of course, that isn't the way the government works, is it?

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