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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 04:32
The NYT had a good piece describing the lives of some of the Ohio employees who its governor thinks are overpaid.
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written by izzatzo, March 16, 2011 6:52
Uh huh. Of course Ohio Governor Kasich himself is not overpaid. He made his living the old fashion way, working for Lehman Brothers during the height of the housing bubble and shadow banking with zero understanding of the finance industry, hired instead for his connections with government worth a half million in compensation and bonuses, after which state pension funds lost hundreds of millions to Lehman and Kasich denies he had anything to do with it.
"Stuff their mouths with gold!" That's how gov't makes the rich richer.
written by Rachel, March 16, 2011 9:15

Jacob Hacker was used by this article as a source. But is he really someone we should be listening to? As a doctor-blogger recently explained, "stuffing the doctors' mouths with gold" is part of Hacker's solution for our health care crisis. More gold for less work.

I live in Northern California, where the doctors are rapidly getting richer, and the middle class is in big trouble. I am not impressed with the pseudo-compassion of the New York Times and people like Hacker, who don't want to talk about the role of the medical industry in bringing down American labor.
I want to feel sorry for the people in Gallipolis, but I just can't
written by Matt, March 16, 2011 5:26
I want to feel sorry for the people in Gallipolis, but I just can't - they voted for Shrub in 2000, in 2004, and better than half of them voted for Kasich in the 2010 election. Elections have consequences, and the people of Gallipolis are starting to realize that voting Republican has SEVERE consequences.

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