Over and over, we hear people, primarily on the left, protect public sector unions, as well as their exuberant benefits, regardless of the fact that states are falling off a cliff, financially, because state Governments have over-promised public benefits, with the tax-payer’s money.
We can have a reasonable discussion as to whether there should be unions in Government, and to what extent public sector workers should be paid, and given benefits. What is particularly upsetting at times, however, is when the union, and BIG GOVERNMENT, protectionists, often use the “public servant” line, in order to advance their cause and argument. In other words, the implication is, if we, as private citizens, believe that public sector workers, unions, and their benefits, should be reigned in, or reduced, then, surely, we must be trying to hurt public “servants.” Nothing could be further from the truth!
Over the years, I have had the pleasure to know many volunteer firemen; and, today, small townships, and communities, still have volunteer firemen. So, this notion that public service is commensurate with compensation, the remuneration of public benefits, or a Government job, is simply absurd! True public service, in my humble opinion, are people who are willing to serve their communities, and country, voluntarily, or for very little money. Self-service, conversely, are those who run for Government, or take public jobs, simply because of the promise of extravagant public benefits, paid for by private sector citizens.
I am not, at all, implying that people in such positions are not deserving of decent salaries, or benefits. I am, however, asserting that, exuberant benefits often bring all of the wrong people to public service. One needs not look much further then our Congress, to see how, what was once considered public “service,” has now gone completely awry!
Benjamin Franklin on public service