Why do people spend so much time trying to avoid the obvious? In a recent column in the Journal Sentinal, Patrick McIlheran points out that Milwaukee County government is burdened with legacy costs, spending three times as much on health care for retirees than it does on the parks.
This has obvious implications for county government today. But. over at the folkbum blog, a blogger known as capper wants to deny that. The health care benefit was discontinued for all employees hired after 1995. It's the fault of doctors and hospitals because capper, having apparently freed himself in Plato's cave, just knows that they charge "too much."
If you max out your credit cards, Christmas won't be very extravagant. That the credit card companies have cut you off or charge you too much interest will not be of immediate help.
I've said it before and I will say it again. County politicians and public employee unions destroyed Milwaukee county government. We will see more of this in the future with other governmental bodies as current bills for lavish pension and retirement come due. No matter how you feel about the proper role of government, this is a fact that needs to be faced.