Reader Pat Fuller (Dec. 9) tells us that ripping off teachers' pensions is a good deal because teachers don't deserve their pensions in the first place. Why? Because they aren't as low as private sector pensions.
How very convenient for the billionaire hedge fund operators who wrecked the private pensions in the first place and now want to destroy public pensions as well. "Nobody else has such security" as the teachers, says Fuller. Not quite true! The Scrooge McDuck types in the Civic Federation who pushed the hardest for pension theft have all the security that billions of dollars can buy -- which includes buying up votes in the legislature. They have the security of knowing they won't have to pay taxes proportionate to their wealth to cover the state's debts. And they can take pride in turning Illinois into a seedy banana republic in which bloated caudillos laugh at the herds of peons who grovel at their feet.