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SALARIES: Double-dipping is the same as theft

Letter by Ken E. Bobko, Tacoma on July 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm with 3 Comments »
July 6, 2010 10:00 am

Regarding the university professors who are collecting their pensions and apparently horrendously high salaries at the same time (TNT, 6-29):

I would like to ask the vice president for business and finance at Washington State University: “How long can any government entity sustain paying individuals what amounts to two salaries”?

Or: “How many cans of pop have to be taxed to cover this theft?”

In addition, are there any ethics professors among the other 30 or so professors who are double-dipping? For them: “Is this theft morally right when other citizens can’t get basic assistance?”

These double-dippers are literally taking food from someone’s mouth.

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  1. foresttnt says:

    except that theft is illegal and thus far double dipping is not. while I agree that double dipping may not be the most ethical act, it isn’t taking ‘extra’ money from the budget. someone would still get a pension if they retire and someone who took the job left open would still get a salary….seems like the uproar over double dipping is more about both going to one person than a budget issue.

  2. SFDocBartman says:

    No it is not the same as theft… Politicians condone this type of action – it keeps employees happy – as in the State Unions WSFE – who contributes to their political campaigns.

    Heck there is one GOVT employee per 18 citizens in this State – 350,000 employees for 6.5 million citizens… So – just IMAGINE the amount of money they can hand to these crooked politicians.

    If you for one moment think they are NOT crooked – you better think again.

    Double dipping is much needed – Cops work a lot of overtime as it is – and then work security jobs for major corps or other State agencies that pay them extremely well. (Sorry Cops)

    911 operators, Firemen etc… they all make extremely good money – yeah I understand the risks – I was a volunteer fireman for many years as well as EMT and Paramedic. My wife was 911 operator. You bet I understand. However, they (911 operators) are now in Lakewood on 24 hr shifts – with barely enough people to cover regular shifts. What about sick days, vacations etc… You really want 911 calls answered by someone working 24 straight hrs or working a 36 hrs shift? Just check t heir overtime… Check the Fire Chiefs pay as one in some small village recently made more than Seattle Fire Chief…

    This goes on – in local, county, state and federal – they all have unions and it will NOT quit til you start voting out anyone that has more than one term – regardless of affiliation. Vote them all out – this Nov and next.

  3. I don’t understand what all this outrage is about.

    If these “double dippers” had simply retired and not come back to work, someone else would have been hired to fill that position, creating the same financial burden to the state; one retirement check and one paycheck.

    Quite often retirees are asked back by their previous employers as consultants due to their experience/expertise. If they had to sacrifice their retirement check to do so that employer would lose out on a valuable and needed resource. This was the intent of the “loophole” by which these “double dippers” were allowed to function.

    These situations won’t last long as those retirees will eventually fully retire and be replaced by someone who now has the benefit of their years of experience.

    It may sound like the state is paying twice, but in actuality it all comes out the same, in the long run; a win-win for all involved.

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