Want to make a lot of money? Get a job in D.C.!

October 19, 2011

It’s the top-income city in the nation!

Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.

The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.

The figures demonstrate how the nation’s political and financial classes are prospering as the economy struggles with unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of Americans protest in the streets against income disparity, said Kevin Zeese, director of Prosperity Agenda, a Baltimore-based advocacy group trying to narrow the divide between rich and poor.

There’s a gap that’s isolating Washington from the reality of the rest of the country,” Zeese said. “They just get more and more out of touch.”

But, according to Harry Reid’s version reality, it’s the public sector that’s suffering the most in this lousy economy.

Silicon Valley at least makes valuable things to justify those high salaries. DC creates $787 billion failed “stimulus” packages, bloated payrolls, and regulations that make it harder for the private sector to hire anyone.

What’s wrong with this picture?

via Iowahawk


Good God. Is Harry Reid really this stupid? UPDATE: Yes. He. Is.

October 19, 2011

I’m afraid the answer is “yes.” According to the Leader of the Majority Party in the US Senate (1), private-sector jobs are “doing fine.” It’s the public sector that is truly suffering in this economy. He’s either stupid, or a shameless and cynical hack pol who doesn’t give a damn about the truth.

I vote for (C), all of the above:

And in case you don’t believe your ears:

“The massive layoffs we’ve had in America today—of course they’re rooted in the last administration—and it’s very clear that private sector jobs are doing just fine. It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation’s all about. And it’s unfortunate my friend the Republican Leader is complaining about that.”

How’s that again, Harry?

"Private sector jobs are doing just fine." --Harry Reid

“Orwellian” comes to mind. If anything, the Stimulus Porkulus plan was intended to save the jobs of some of the Democrats’ biggest boosters, public sector employees and their union bosses.

More from Michelle Malkin.

UPDATE: Here’s another chart to upset Dingy Harry’s version of reality, via PJM:

See? The private sector is okay! Hey, who are you going to believe? Harry Reid or your lying eyes?

Footnote:
(1) That hasn’t offered a budget in over 900 days, in violation of federal law. Now that’s leadership.


Antisemitic “Occupy LA” teacher fired

October 19, 2011

Sometimes bureaucracies can do the right thing:

Superintendent Deasy Issues Statement on Employee’s Controversial Remarks

Los Angeles – As Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I want to emphasize that we condemn the remarks made recently by Patricia McAllister.

Her comments, made during non-work time at a recent protest rally, were her private opinions and were not made in the context of District services.  At LAUSD, we recognize that the law is very protective of the freedom of speech rights of public employees when they are speaking as private citizens during non-working time.

I further emphasize to our students, who watch us and look to us for guidance, to be role models and to represent the ideals by which LAUSD lives, that we will never stand for behavior that is disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory.

As a day-to-day substitute teacher, Ms. McAllister was an at-will employee.  As of today, she is no longer an employee of the LAUSD.

Emphasis added.

McAllister was featured in this video from Reason.TV, blaming the ongoing financial crisis on “Zionists” (read: JOOOZZ!!!) who should “get out of the country.”

Some might argue that her right to free speech was violated and that she was speaking on her own, as Superintendent Deasy argued above, but I reject those arguments for two reasons:

  1. McAllister self-identified as a LAUSD employee during the interview. Thus, she had become a public face for the district and her views would reflect on it and its employees. Parents would have every right to question the wisdom of entrusting their children to a district that would hire loons like McAllister and they would be right to question the wisdom of retaining school board members who thought it okay to retain her services.
  2. McAllister’s right to free political speech has not been trampled; she can continue spouting her “wisdom” all day at the Occupy LA site or at any other public venue, if she wants. But the district is under no obligation to hire or retain her, either, given the first point, above, and the lack of any contractual protection. While it would be wrong to fire someone for, say, arguing that Barack Obama is a bad president or that Sarah Palin is unfit for office, McAllister’s antisemitic screed is truly beyond the pale and she should in no way be entrusted with educating children.

Good for the LAUSD.

BY THE WAY: Some argue that the Occupy movement is not antisemitic. While I would not tar every member of that movement with that awful brush, the signs that it suffuses the ideological background of the movement are undeniable:

Again, Democrats — is this what you want to associate with?

via Big Government