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2009-02-23 Europe
Tens of Thousands Protest Irish Economic Measures
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Posted by Fred 2009-02-23 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [10797 views ]  Top

#1 Workers getting their pay docked while the champagne-and-caviar crowd keep spending? Pretty typical.
Posted by gromky 2009-02-23 02:47||   2009-02-23 02:47|| Front Page Top

#2 About 100,000 little people filled the streets of the Irish capital Saturday

There, fully repaired. No champagne and caviar for them.
Posted by Besoeker 2009-02-23 06:41||   2009-02-23 06:41|| Front Page Top

#3 So, let me get this straight.

Public sector employees' pay gets cost of living increases during boom times, when tax revenues are increasing. Fair enough.

The private sector, who pays the taxes required to fund these public sector workers, is making less money, and tax revenues are decreasing. Why should these public sector workers continue to make the same, or even get increases? Logically, should they not get a pay cut?

How can it be fair for them to demand that no matter what the economic situtation, their income stream security can never be impacted?

The underlying message of this protest is that if you work for the public sector, you have benefits but never risk, regardless of the financial situation of the taxpayer (who you are supposed to be SERVING). This situation of obligation to work and pay is on many levels indistinguishable from slavery, people.

Apart from the bad attitude and laziness that pursuit of perfect income stream security nearly always creates in people, it's fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable.

Posted by no mo uro 2009-02-23 07:15||   2009-02-23 07:15|| Front Page Top

#4 Tsk, tsk, nomo. Logic & reason have no place in our new socialist utopia! Now be quiet and eat your gruel.
Posted by PBMcL 2009-02-23 09:33||   2009-02-23 09:33|| Front Page Top

#5 But the plan, which effectively docks 7 percent from the paychecks of 350,000 Irish workers, comes amid revelations of shady dealings and irresponsible lending at the banks now getting taxpayers' help.

It's time for a Whiskey Rebellion on both sides of the pond.
Posted by JohnQC 2009-02-23 15:53||   2009-02-23 15:53|| Front Page Top

#6 The Irish gummint better be careful - they've got a large number of citizens who have recent experience at violent revolution....
Posted by Barbara Skolaut">Barbara Skolaut  2009-02-23 18:15||   2009-02-23 18:15|| Front Page Top

#7 Magic Eight Ball sez I see an influx of illegal bartenders and housepainters in the Boston area. Just like the 90's...
Posted by tu3031 2009-02-23 18:48||   2009-02-23 18:48|| Front Page Top

#8 Yes, the Irish have recent experience BUT the only surviving IRA bands are all Fabian Socialist or hardcore Marxists. Those types would never peep about this sort of income redistribution.
Posted by Shieldwolf 2009-02-23 21:40||   2009-02-23 21:40|| Front Page Top

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