Friday, June 17, 2011

Librarians Guide Controllers

I’m in a I’ve-had-it-up-to-here mood. Three (wasted) years into the Great Recession and only now are people coming to the realization that it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs. And the only entity that can create enough of them (at the moment) is government.

Meanwhile, corporations and right-wing zealots continue to push their agenda. Well, some librarians (and citizens) decided to push back. Don’t you wish people that cared about society were flooding the airwaves with their message instead of corporations and political zealots? You can get their attention. You can even have fun with it.

I don’t know if I’ve ever put this message out there before but you can bet I’m going to do it again. If young controllers knew what I know, they’d be beating down their Congressman’s door to get the old Civil Service Retirement System reinstated. Make it your goal -- before you have to retire. Don’t listen to the people that think they know how to invest go “blah, blah, blah”. The game is rigged. Just go ask the ones that thought they knew how to invest and found out they didn’t. Ask Bear Stearns. Oh yeah, that’s right. You can’t. They went bankrupt.

Which would you rather bet your retirement on -- Wall Street or the U.S. Government? It’s a no-brainer. And guess what? Your city, county and State government will be here long after some privatization huckster goes down in flames taking your library with it. After they personally get rich -- and screw all the employees -- of course.

Wake up. Fight back.

Don Brown
June 17, 2011

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