Public employees are not the enemy

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There is a status going around on Facebook right now that says,”Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.”I think this statement perfectly sums up the dilemma of public employees today.

Public employees are being attacked on all sides. We are being told we’re greedy, not willing to do our part to support the economy, have been given a free ride for too long, etc. We are disrespected daily, told that we should give more, and just be thankful we have our jobs. Here in Florida, public employees were just given a 3% pay cut to help balance the budget. (Contrary to what the politicians wanted the public to believe, the Florida Retirement System was fully funded and financially sound.)

However, public employees are the backbone of this great country. We need the police and fire fighters to protect us, the social workers and other government agencies to support us, and as the foundation underneath it all, the teachers to educate us…continue reading Kimberly Frey’s comments at Opinion Matters here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.