To say that Detroit is economically a mess is an understatement. The large, once thriving city is under duress financially and is struggling to make ends meet. The result was a filing of bankruptcy and cry for bail out that continues to plague the citizens of the city. Millions upon millions in debt, creative new ways to pay back what is owed are being identified. Unfortunately for those workers counting on the pensions, retirement plans for public employees are on the chopping block.

The idea of cutting pensions, potentially bloated ones, may seem appealing to those that want less government and more private sector. The truth is, though, that there are people behind those pensions that may face a retirement and a financial future that is uncertain. Unions and public representatives of the workers are angered by the prospect but this highlights and important part of working for the government: what it gives it can take away.

The government is bloated across the United States. From the larger bureaucracy that sits in Washington, DC making life changing decisions that affect everyone outside the bubble to state governments steeped in corruption and even the localities that are struggling to get by, the government is a huge enterprise with millions upon millions of workers (many of which are put into unnecessary roles). The result when you have a large government and poor money management is that something has to give. Often, the fat cats at the top of the list are not the ones taking the hit. It is the workers that, right or wrong, were counting on the government to provide some type of compensation that they would stick to. Unfortunately, they are learning the lesson that small government proponents have known: the government is interested in sustaining one thing…itself, not its workers livelihoods.

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