Why not eliminate all public pension plans for Govt / Public employees and have them receive standard social security benefits? Take all the funds and beef up the Social safety net... Teachers Pensions, Congressman Pensions, Police, military et all. If you choose to be a public servant you should receive the same benefits as provided to the "real" tax payers. There is no reason for a retired police commissioner to receive a $500K annual pension and be contracted as a part time consultant for another $500K. Whatever the legal justification is an irrelevant sham... Its just fraud and thievery. All of our cities, schools and public services are crumbling because the tax base has decreased and the unfunded pension liabilities are increasing well past any ponzi scheme. Infact, pass a federal law that states any deviation would be deemed a bribe. The original idea was to volunteer to serve the public interest and than get back to your life. When over 40% of our tax payers are public servants being paid out of taxes the system is unsustainable. You've got congress raping and pillaging accounts left and right. The postal service is being bankrupted not through its operations but by congress enacting they prepay 70 years of pension funds so they can back door it somewhere else. Lets see how well this police commissioner can lie on his SS benefit of $1867 / month. I don't think the general public has any clue on how many Seniors are only able to survive because of SS and medicare.