The right loves to accuse the left of promoting class warfare. "Tax the rich, they're the bad guys, they can afford more taxes, those greedy bastards, etc." But...(you knew there'd be a but), all I here from the right is "government workers bad, teachers bad, Unions bad, etc...overpaid, to many benefits, the same job pays less in the private sector...etc." That isn't class warfare? If being a teacher is such a great gig, apply for the job. If being a government worker is such a great gig, apply for it. As you can probably guess, I am one of the bad government workers. I retired at 49, and the pension check started right up, along with my health insurance. I'm special? My job was advertised in the local paper, anyone could have applied for it. ANYONE. 127 did, and at 23, I got the job as a manual machinist. I had no "In" at the company, no Dad, Uncle or Cousin pulling strings to give the job to me. As a matter of fact, I beat out people with an "In". I aced the written and the practical. The tester was going to leave me alone to do the practical, I told him to stick around, it wasn't going to take long. Now don't tell me my health insurance was/is free, I just never held or saw the money. I got the pension and health insurance in lieu of wages. My(every) employer had a hard number that was available for me, let's say that number is $20 an hour. That number had the cost of funding the pension and paying the insurance in it. For round numbers, let's say they knew my pension and insurance were going to cost $5/hr. That means they could only afford to offer me $15/hr. They could have said we only can pay you $20/hr, and go and buy your own pension and insurance, but they chose to play on the uninformed and make people think they aren't paying for their own pension and insurance, but they are, they just don't handle the money. Don't tell me my insurance and pension was/is free, I paid for it, I just didn't handle the money.