The biggest story in British media yesterday was the government decision not to increase salaries of nurses. There has been a great deal of criticism of health care in that country, so the hardest working group is being singled out to suffer. Politicians and managers, who are to blame, remain unscathed. The country had returned to the time of Dickens, when the working class was punished for doing their job.
Of course, politician and bureaucrat pay will be increased. I do not understand why there is not a revolution...
God save the Queen...who is the richest woman in the land...and pays no taxes, but receives money from taxpayers.
This is not a rant, rather merely an observation...
Many discussions, arguments, and riots have been in progress in various countries, states, and towns because of attempts to reduce government size and spending. Have you noticed that most, if not all, cuts seem to be to programs that deal with providing basices services or helping folks at the bottom of pile? No talk ever crosses anyone’s lips about reducing numbers, salaries, and benefits of politicians and bureaucrats (best example: those of British royalty). Or wasteful spending on unnecessary projects, bribing foreign countries, or inflated military budgets. In the age of growing wealth disparity, fairness is something that has disappeared from the language as well as practice. For some reason, the gene driving greed is far greater than the one which promotes generosity.
(Once again for the record, I am not a communist or a socialist: terms most cannot properly define, but are able to use slurs.)
Politicians do not have to beg for a pay raise or ever face a pay cut. Each year they vote for an increase in their own remuneration. Easy. I doubt that anyone has ever voted against such a measure. Discussion about budget cuts never mention politician salaries or benefits.
Politicians work for "the People", but their employer never gets a say in their remuneration. The employee never has to face the unpleasant task of being reviewed or having to ask the employer for a pay increase. This is a special racket. Of course, any politician can get voted out of office, but the next guy picks up the pay package and just keeps truckin'.
Unfortunate nurses, policemen, firemen, and teachers are at the mercy of these same "generous" hypocrites, who would rather cut salaries of necessary services than increase them. The system is stacked against the little guy, because the rules are made by those that benefit the most.
I am not a communist, socialist, anarchist, or any kind of -ist. I'm simply a cynic that believes in fairness and social justice. Of course, many confuse such sentiment with communism or socialism (most Americans do not know the difference). Fairness is not a word in a politician's vocabulary, unless he or she is talking about treatment of peers.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.