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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-18-13 08:09 AM
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FL GOP tries to close state pension system to new workers, yet take THEIR pension at 2X accrual rate
More thievery from Florida's GOP-ruled legislature...

Tia Mitchell at the Tampa Bay Times reports:

May 17, 2013

TALLAHASSEE Florida House Republicans tried to close the state's pension system to new employees this year, saying it's a ticking time bomb that could cripple the state's budget for years to come.

But many of those same GOP lawmakers are members of the state pension system themselves, according to a Times/Herald review.

In fact, more than half of House Republicans could see the perks of the pension when they retire, forgoing the riskier 401(k)-style plans they wanted to force upon new state employees.

Several of those same Republicans debated in favor of closing the pension system when it came up for a vote in March. Most of them did not respond to interview requests Friday.

Of the three who did, two said they weren't aware that they were in the pension.


The bill was a high priority of House Speaker Will "Pensions are good for US, but not for YOU" Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel).

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel (SCOTT KEELER | Times)

Former Gov. Jeb Bush met with Florida House Republicans on Thursday (February 14, 2013), but what he told them is pretty much hush hush because the meeting was held behind closed doors with reporters stuck waiting outside.


Bush was invited by House Speaker Will Weatherford, who worships him as his political model.

I dont know if youll find a bigger Jeb Bush fan than me, Weatherford said. We were honored that he took this much time to be here today.

Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said he had about 10 minutes to talk with Bush for he spoke to the 76 Republicans in the House. He said's always enjoyed a special relationship with Bush.

"Hes always allowed me to have access to him, whether its on the phone or in person to seek his advice and counsel," Weatherford said. Thursday was no different.

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Am I a good boy, Daddy? Am I? Am I?

The greed and arrogance know no bounds with these people.

It is time for the people of Florida to make these politicians pay what what they have stolen and are stealing from us.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-18-13 10:35 PM
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1. It's they are raiding every pension fund
Edited on Sat May-18-13 10:40 PM by Enthusiast
, private or public, across the entire world. Wtf? comes to mind. Is it a complete capitulation by "our side"?

We still have a side. It is comprised of millions. It simply needs to be coordinated. It's clear that the PARTY LEADERSHIP doesn't want any such sort of coordination.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-22-13 03:16 AM
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2. A Republican bitterly resents every cent spent on anyone but him or her
The dollars that he or she sucks off any teat are well spent, though.

Listen up, Republicans: If at first you don't secede, try, try again. It's never too late!

With the proper p.r. firm and the facts before the public, I have a feeling that the Northeast, for one, will be a lot more willing to just wave bye this time.

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