Over at tax.com, a fellow named David Cay Johnston makes the claim that Wisconsin state workers already cover their own pensions. Naturally, this silly claim has been picked up, and waved triumphantly about by the lefty blogosphere.
I'm not going to dive down into the details, as a number of suckers already have in Johnston's comments section. Why bother? The truth is a lot simpler to discern here.
If what Johnston claims is true, it's funny that none of the protesting state workers have made the same claim, don't you think? I mean, you would think that would have come up when workers were asked to concede on this point.
You would also think, if they are already covering their retirement benefits, then Walker's proposal that future collective bargaining be restricted to wages would not be much of a sticking point, either. After all, if they are already covering their retirement, this wold be no change at all.
So why are they so mad?
Let's not get caught up in foolish arguments.
The state workers understand what they pay and what they don't, even if Johnston doesn't.