Tag Archive for "Fiscal Responsibility"

Both Parties Driving Country to Economic Brink

  When you remove all of the bluster, the economic issues facing the United States in 2012 are pretty simple – as a country we are spending far more than we have and that we are heading for an economic brick wall.  The old ways of throwing money at problems have to be over, but…
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Stock Act Should Temporarily Unify Occupy and Tea Party

Without going to far out on a limb, I think that it is fair to say that a joint concern of both the Occupy and Tea Party movements is a search for ways to limit or end greed and corruption in public office.  Not too surprising are recent revelations that folks in Congress are many…
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Rattay Contract Shows Corruption, In Fighting In Mission Viejo

Hostilities between the staff for the City of Mission Viejo and the residents of the City of Mission Viejo were ratcheted up a notch this weekend when the proposed contract for Assistant City Manager Keith Rattay was released as part of the agenda package for tonight’s City Council meeting.  I was willing to give Mr….
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Greedy Brea City Council Either Lying Or Incompetent

Claiming that it was an “accident,” the Brea City council has voted itself a $33,000 annual increase in compensation.  At a time when everyone is having to try and make ends meet, the Brea City Council decided to dramatically increase the benefits of its “executives” and then feigned shock when told that the benefit increase…
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Inmates Running Aylum In Mission Viejo

You would think that an employment contract for an Assistant City Manager’s position would be a simple thing to adopt.  Last night’s hearing on the proposed contract of Assistant City Manager Keith Rattay clearly demonstrated the stranglehold of authority that occurs when you have a VERY weak City Attorney and an overbearing and (to himself)…
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Mission Viejo’s Keith Rattay May Get Golden Parachute From Taxpayers Tonight

Tonight the Mission Viejo City Council will consider a new employment contract for Assistant City Manager Keith Rattay that would be the envy of most private sector workers.  According to the terms of the proposed contract (http://dms.cityofmissionviejo.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1755&doctype=AGENDA), Mr. Rattay will get NINE MONTHS pay for doing NOTHING regardless of whether he quits or the City…
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Public Employees Make 44% More Than Private Counterparts

According to a new study released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average public sector employee earns $40.40 per hour while their private sector counterpart earns only $28.13.  Not unexpectedly, a huge chunk of that pay differential comes in the form of public sector benefits (including huge pension costs).  The typical public…
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