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Another one of those unbelievable stories.
Alameda County supervisors have really taken to heart the adage that government should run like a business — rewarding County Administrator Susan Muranishi with the Wall Street-like wage of $423,664 a year.
For the rest of her life.
According to county pay records, in addition to her $301,000 base salary, Muranishi receives:
– $24,000, plus change, in “equity pay’’ to guarantee that she makes at least 10 percent more than anyone else in the county.
– About $54,000 a year in “longevity” pay for having stayed with the county for more than 30 years.
– An annual performance bonus of $24,000.
– And another $9,000 a year for serving on the county’s three-member Surplus Property Authority, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Supervisors that oversees the sale of excess land.
Like other county executives, Muranishi also gets an $8,292-a-year car allowance.
Muranishi has been with the county for 38 years, and she’s 63. When retirement day comes, she’ll be getting a lot more than a gold watch.
That’s because, according to the county auditor’s office, Muranishi’s annual pension will be equal to the dollar total of her entire yearly package — $413,000. She also has a separate executive private pension plan, for which the county chips in $46,500 a year.
This pay scale is insane. They should put this up for the voters to vote on and see what the people say.
This pay rate was voted in by those rewarded for voting it in. Where or how she sits is irrelevant as long as she stays out of the way. Like that goofy housemaid who was put in to watch The Bernanke and The Fed and was called to task by Rep. Grayson of Florida when news of The Bernanke run amok got out. All she did was feather dust while The Bernanke gave out 16 trillion dollars @ next to 0% interest to European countries without telling congress. Repayment in derivative speculations? She only knew where the Lemon Pledge was kept. Even The Bernanke would not enlighten much.
I am "thrilled" to learn that County Administrator Susan Muranishi is being gifted with such an wonderful and truly "GOLDEN PARACHUTE" for her descent into her now incredibly 'GOLDEN YEARS."
I am of the opinion, however, The Alameda County supervisors should pay everything over, perhaps $40,000 or %50,000 per year from their own, most assuredly, "golden nest eggs." You can bet the farm, those supervisors did not take care of Susan Muranishi without making absolutely certain they had feathered their own nests as well.
The U.S. Congress has not been neglectful in voting themselves the same type of munificence.
Lets see how American hero and icon would describe the theft described above:
In the early 1800′s Congress was considering a bill to give tax dollars to the widow of a well-loved military officer. Davy Crockett rose to address Congress after many speeches advocating the allocation. He said: “Mr. Speaker…. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity, but as members of Congress we have no right to so appropriate a dollar of the public money. We have no…. authority to appropriate it as a charity. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.”
There was silence on the floor of the House as Crockett took his seat. When the bill was put to a vote, instead of passing unanimously as had been expected, it received only a few votes. The next day a friend asked Crockett why he spoken against a bill for such a worthy cause. In reply, Crockett related the following story: Just a few years before, he had voted to spend $20,000.00 of public money to help the victims of a fire in Georgetown. When the legislative session was over, Crockett made a trip back home to campaign for his re-election. He encountered one of his constituents. The man told Crockett, “I voted for you the last time. I shall not vote for you again.” Crockett, feeling he had served his constituents well, was stunned. He inquired as to what he had done wrong. The man replied, “You gave a vote last winter which shows that either you have not capacity to understand the Constitution, or that you are wanting in the honesty and firmness to be guided by it. The Constitution, to be worth anything, must be held sacred, and rigidly observed in all its provisions…. Last winter you voted for bill to appropriate $20,000.00 to some who suffered because of a fire. Well, Colonel, where do you find in the Constitution any authority to give away public money in charity? No Colonel, Congress has no right to give charity. Individual members may give as much of their own money as they please, but they have no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose. The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. Everything beyond this is… a violation of the Constitution. You have violated the Constitution in what I consider to be a vital point When Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the People.”
Time travel not-withstanding Congressman Davy Crockett’s words hold as true today whether we’re talking to Bono, the RNC, the Democrats or well-meaning Americans. When taxed to fund charity we should respond:
“It’s not yours to give.”
It cannot be impossible to reverse this travesty, theft and blatant fraud. There is no statute of limitation on fraud. If the two year discoverable limitation for anyone has expired, it will not be difficult to find someone in California who has been unaware of this fraud.