Read The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Man-History-Great-Depression/dp/0060936428 In it she talks about the negotiations between public employee unions and government representatives over salaries and benefits. Neither will actually pay for what is agreed on. It's the forgotten man (taxpayer) who has no voice or seat in the negotiations. The forgotten man is the one that's stuck with the bill. I am an evil government worker (ATC). I can tell you that we are WAY over payed. I will be retiring this year after 40 years at the job and I will take the retirement check I was promised (76% of my present salary). I am also a realist and know there is no way it can go on forever. Because of this I took steps to survive the loss of my pension a long time ago. When it happens I hope those responsible suffer, starting with the union scum. I'd love to see someone start a list of people that need to pay when the system comes down. Instead of us peons fighting one another we should join together, in spite of our differences, and take the fight to those responsible. They want us killing each other as we swirl down the toilet. What they wouldn't like to see is their name on a list that identifies them as being responsible for the pain we will be living in. At least we would know who to take the fight to.