published Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


CARTA DOESN'T pay fuel taxes, income taxes and other taxes. However, it can fund excessive pension costs for its director and executive?

CONGRATUALTIONS, TDOT, you've managed to spend $100 million to move the 27 traffic jam 300 yards. Now tackle the real problem at the 75/24 split.

SOCIAL SECURITY started in 1935. Life expectancy was 62. Today it's 79. Why do we have city/county retirement plans of 25 and 30 years?

A CITY EMPLOYEE can start at 18, retire at 48 and expect to live off of tax dollars until age 79. Work 30, pay 61.

IF SOLAR IS such a racket, why is the VW building the largest solar facility in Tennessee? Are we becoming old Europe?

TOMMIE BROWN, the role of the city government is to protect its citizens, not raise the "babies" parents haven't. Why should anyone hire gang members?

THE NRA (National Roundabout Association) has spoken: Roundabouts don't kill. People do.

GLOBAL WARMING and increased tornadoes? Stop cutting down trees and pouring concrete.

IF THOSE GAMBLERS are the Who's Who of Chattanooga, we're in big trouble!

SO THE CITY of Chattanooga is graciously offering up sidewalks as free space for chalk-graffiti advertising for yet another social networking site? For shame!

MEMO TO Ted Nugent: Shut up and sing!

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Well, I suppose you could leave the gang members unemployed and idle. That will probably work out well.

April 22, 2012 at 11:29 p.m.
holdout said...

Members of the Fire and Police pension do NOT pay into the social security system nor draw from it. Remember the call to privatize the social security system several years ago? Well it works really well. That is why the Fire and Police can retire in fewer years with better benefits. Most of them have more than one career and thus do pay into the social security system long enough to draw from it but they are not allowed to. Even after paying into social security from another career for years a retired city employee turns 67, applies for social security and receives $0 in benefits. It is called the government pension offset and is on the SSA website.

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

Uh, no, the Police and Fire pensions are not privatized, at least not on a national scale. They're way too diversified a bunch to make arguments based on them in general terms.

April 23, 2012 at 11:40 a.m.
holdout said...

Uh, Yes. The comment was about the local system and the local system is privatized. Unless you are commenting on the original post. I suppose it is possible some local person is concerned with how a county in South Dakota works their retirement, stranger things have happened. No one,"lives off tax dollars from 48 to 70" if they are drawing social security. You can't draw it at 48. So that retirement would be neither tax money nor social security money.

April 23, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.

Actually the original rant was about City Employees. Or CARTA in the first one.

They have a different pension plan than the Fire and Police departments anyway.

And I certainly would not say the structure of the local pension plan for Fire and Police is anything at all like the calls to privatize the social security system proposed.

April 23, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.
holdout said...

I would, being actually in it and knowing firsthand how it works and all.

April 23, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.
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