California may be the spot where economic collapse begins and we’re lucky enough have a ringside seat to see it all.
There are days when you wonder if anyone in Sacramento actually comprehends the predicament in which they’ve put the one-time Golden State. Based on a new dispute between legislators, the answer seems to be a resounding no.
Marcia Fritz, CPA and president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility (which is pushing for major public pension reform) explains:
“I was testifying on problems with using collective bargaining to negotiate pension changes when individuals on both sides gain from benefit changes, and elected officials are bribed through campaign contributions to go along,” Fritz told us. “Since kids can’t vote, and they are the ones who have to pay the unfunded liabilities created by these selfish decisions, it’s a form of abuse.”
So in her testimony, Fritz uttered these words: “It’s tantamount to fiscal child abuse.”
That’s when the feces hit the fan. The state’s social workers are horrified with the supposedy poor choice of words.
“Anyone in the public eye should not be demeaning the plight of victims,” social worker Sarah Taylor says. “It goes against nature, what I see, where the parents are inflicting violence and sexual abuse on children. To compare that to a fiscal system, it’s appalling.”
Of course, the regular cast of characters lined up to denounce Fritz. David Low of the California School Employees Association said Fritz’s simply wants to inflame people’s anger.
California is screwed. Totally, completely, absolutely screwed. No doubt, no question. And yet in these perilous times, a spokesman for the CSEA is worried about offensive words.
What he should be appalled by are the actions of the state legislature.
They’re not guilty of fiscal child abuse. They’re guilty of fiscal murder. First degree.
Source: Orange County Register