The Boston Police Superior Officers Federation shares its views on the banksters
The blame for increased costs needs to lie with the Wall Street robber barons who invested our hard earned pension dollars in phony equities and securities which led to a world-wide economic meltdown. This is now affecting many cities municipal bonds, the funding source of many public services and benefits for municipal employees, some of which are at risk of default. Wall Street executives got a taxpayer bailout, but we are the problem according to some. There are in fact studies indicating that police/fire/school teachers fully fund their pensions and subsidize the system because we are long-term employess and some die before even collecting back their contributions and interest earnings. Why we who have funded our own pensions as part of the "contract" for our public service are scapegoated is easy to understand, because we have always been convenient targets as police officers, never most of society's favorite public employees.
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