Times columnist Paul Krugman, a far left zealot, says that Wisconsin state workers make less than those doing corresponding jobs in the private sector…That seems to be false. For example, a state worker in Wisconsin making $48,000 a year gets a monthly pension of $1,700. A worker in the private sector making $70,000 a year gets $400 less than the state worker.
But Paul Krugman never said that. What Krugman said was that “public-sector workers in Wisconsin and elsewhere are paid somewhat less than private-sector workers with comparable qualifications.” As Alternet's Joshua Holland explains: “Public sector workers have, on average, more experience and higher levels of education than their counterparts in the private sector (they are twice as likely to have a college degree). When you adjust for those factors, they make, on average, 4 percent less than their private-sector counterparts.”
Krugman’s article, by the way, is excellent. I suggest you read it. For other great articles on the protests in Wisconsin, I recommend the following:
- What's Happening in Wisconsin Explained
- 12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin
- Bringing Home 150 Troops from Afghanistan Would Fix Wisconsin’s Budget “Crisis”
- Fighting the 5 Fascisms in Wisconsin & Ohio
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