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I read Paul Rozett's Sept. 2 misinformed letter about businesses operating like government. His father's government pension was an example. In 1983 the federal government changed its retirement system from the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to the mandatory Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for all new employees. CSRS employees did not pay FICA taxes and were ineligible for Social Security. CSRS is all they have.

I don't understand Rozett’s father's embarrassment, especially since he paid 7 percent of his gross (not net) salary into his CSRS retirement. His retirement was not a "freebie" from the government.

FERS employees pay all taxes, are eligible for Social Security and their FERS retirement pension is significantly lower. The government’s voluntary 401K they contribute to only supplements their retirement years depending on how much they contribute. This presents a much different picture than Rozett’s letter.

Also, let’s talk military retirement as that's government also. Military members receive 50 percent of their "base pay" after 20 years, or did at the time I retired. If you study hard you will find that a large percentage of pay raises are in the areas of rations and quarters allowances and not "base pay." A significantly small percentage of military pay increases are, therefore, computed towards a military member's base pay. This shows how the government really takes care of those people who risk their lives, or are willing to, based on their decisions.

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David Madril

Billings

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