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Friday, November 26th, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Mattocracy | 

    Except that Derek Jeter actually has a marketable skill that demands 10 of millions of dollars. What’s more, I don’t have to pay for part of Derek’s salary if I don’t want to. That’s the difference between the private and public sector.

  2. #2 |  Bob | 

    “Man beaten by Miami police, charged with resisting the beating for covering his head.”

    “We have people that should be brought to justice, but this is not an indictment of all the police force.”

    Yes it is. When ONE cop uses excessive violence it should indict the entire force, all the way to the top.

    By their logic, when a rogue accountant manipulates the books of a major multinational, cheating millions, the company itself shouldn’t be held responsible.

  3. #3 |  Mike | 

    Re: Janitor story. I also like his point that teachers “only” make $45,000 base and “only” get up to $100,000 after 22 years. That’s median household income as a starting salary moving up to well into higher income brackets for someone who doesn’t usually have an advanced degree, is almost impossible to fire, has generous benefits and can retire at pretty close to full salary after 30 years.

  4. #4 |  Kevin3% | 

    That’s median household income as a starting salary moving up to well into higher income brackets for someone who doesn’t usually have an advanced degree, is almost impossible to fire, has generous benefits and can retire at pretty close to full salary after 30 years.

    and don’t forget, teachers get 3 months off every year.

  5. #5 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Does anyone on the planet not realize that Matthews is a paid shill and a moron perhaps we might him one of those high end janitors jobs? It would be a struggle but Chris might actually summon the brain power to handle it.

  6. #6 |  delta | 

    Good lord, the Matthews thing makes me want to take a Thanksgiving crap in his hat. That’s some awful shit there.

  7. #7 |  Geoff | 

    Re: the janitors, RTFA, people. The highest paid janitors are “under investigation” for massive corruption. A quick Googling indicates that the average janitorial salary in New York ranges between $22,000 – $32,000. Considering what janitors have to clean up, I’m not sure that a higher skew is all that unfair, at least if it takes 22 years of work to get there.

    But why do any research when the story matches so closely with our preconceptions?

  8. #8 |  KristenS | 

    I would have loved to have started my post-undergrad career at $45k. I would have been fucking rich.

  9. #9 |  Aresen | 

    Barack Obama pardon count: Turkeys-4, Humans-0.>/i>

    He should pardon Charlie Rangel.

    Then it would be 5 – 0

    :)

  10. #10 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Miami cops up to their old tricks.
    Getting beaten by cops is a serious offense.
    The US, desparate for a rationale for war, should have accused Iraq of “resisting an invasion”
    when the WMD thing fell apart.

    Usually Chris Matthews tries to be non-partisan, but
    his whole approach on the nudie scans is “Come on, grow up.”
    Is that what maturity is, surrendering the the State?

  11. #11 |  J sub D | 

    I don’t have to pay for part of Derek’s salary if I don’t want to. That’s the difference between the private and public sector.

    Really? Ya think so?

    From Field of Schemes

    The Yankees’ new stadium is now the most expensive ever even imagined, coming in at a staggering $2.3 billion. That includes its attendant parking garages and replacement parkland, but even the stadium construction budget alone is incredible, now standing at $1.56 billion.
    Of that, the public – city, state, and federal taxpayers – are now covering just shy of $1.2 billion, by far the largest stadium subsidy ever. In fact, even discounting the $417 million in property-tax breaks (if you’re inclined to agree with Lieber), it’s still the largest stadium subsidy ever. The Yankees, meanwhile, would be on the hook for just $670 million, after counting property-tax breaks.

    Money is fungible. Every subsidy/tax break provided to the owners new toys (stadiums are some sort of “I’ve got a bigger dick” thing among owners) contributes to the pot of maoney available for payroll. So yeah, you’re contributing to Jeter’s salary whether or not you go to games, buy the merchandise or watch them on the idiot box.

    The above does not justify paying someone $140,000 annually to do a job that only requires a sixth grade education and the ability to lean on a broom, but dammit, shouldn’t we stop subsidizing billionaire owners and their millionaire employees to do something they’d be doing anyway?

  12. #12 |  J sub D | 

    I, for one, am willing to cut John Conyers some slack for his choice in reading material. If your wife was facing 3 years prison time, wouldn’t you be checking out what’s available elsewhere?

  13. #13 |  Marty | 

    J sub D-

    you beat me to it- anyone who doesn’t think sports salaries aren’t at least funded in part by taxpayers has not been paying attention.

  14. #14 |  Vishnu Schist | 

    I guess the statement that the $140,000 was achieved through “massive overtime” doesn’t count. Where does it say that base pay was $140,000 per year? It actually states that they max out at about $106,000. So I could see a person working significant overtime getting to $140,000 from a base of $106,000. On another note, the outrage seems to stem from the fact that a public employee is making a good living. The assumption here is that they are grifting the rest of the fine upstanding taxpayers. Then there is the common “I would love to make blah blah blah my first job out of podunk community college”. Perhaps the market for veteran janitors in NYC is in the $100,000 range. Maybe these guys or gals are the only folks keeping the school infrastructure running, who knows. I don’t know if it requires a sixth grade education or maybe just busting your ass day in and day out. If they make that much good for them, they are probably pretty good at what they do. No less than Ayn Rand in her fantasy novels glorified the “bus expertly steered”, they are public employees no?

  15. #15 |  Laura Victoria | 

    Is it just me, or is it real easy to caricature the stupid name of Rapiscan as Rapescan?

  16. #16 |  BSK | 

    http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_150_if-tsa-security-measures-were-even-more-invasive_p2

  17. #17 |  SJE | 

    Listing Jim Koch, the founder of Sam Adams brewery, as a “chocolate beer expert” is kinda insulting. It’s like lumping Bill Gates with the Geek squad.

  18. #18 |  Elliot | 

    Isn’t the fact that Conyers read Playboy in public of note? Who does that?

  19. #19 |  markm | 

    Vishnu: Base pay of $106,000 is still an outrageous robbery of the taxpayers. Advertise a janitors job for 1/3 of that and you’ll have applicants lined up.

  20. #20 |  boomshanka | 

    #11 | J sub D

    Find me a billion dollar company that doesn’t receive targeted tax breaks or subsidies. But we can all get angry at a few janitors who managed to make a good living in NYC (irrespective of the allegations of misconduct). Who knows, maybe they were just smarter than the rest of us 22 years ago when we passed on the opportunity to take the job.

  21. #21 |  Mattocracy | 

    Fair enough about the stadium subsidies.

    And I’m tired of hearing about teachers not making any money. As stated above, they make serious money through tenure. Same for cops. I don’t know how this myth continues that gov’t employees don’t make any money.

  22. #22 |  Pinandpuller | 

    How much do you tip a janitor?

  23. #23 |  EH | 

    Mattocracy: Teachers don’t get paid enough and there is nothing “same for cops.” Cops make most of their money from overtime, pension, and corruption. Salary is just a marker to them.

  24. #24 |  EH | 

    Also: TSA backs down, in a way:
    http://noblasters.com/post/1650102322/my-tsa-encounter

  25. #25 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ EH,

    The average teacher makes over 50,000 a year.

    http://www.bls.gov/k12/help01.htm#pay

    The average cop makes the same.

    http://www.bls.gov/k12/law01.htm#pay

    The average for an American in the US is 46,000. So they do better than your average Joe.

  26. #26 |  Elroy | 

    Apparently Obama did not pardon all the turkeys, I see it was still on the menu:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/11/white-house-thanksgiving-menu.html

  27. #27 |  EH | 

    The average cop makes the same.

    Again, salary is just a marker.

  28. #28 |  The Liberty Papers »Blog Archive » Hope n’ Change: Pardon Edition | 

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