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Who Really Rules the Roost?

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27 September 2010: Who Really Rules the Roost?

A friend of mine was raving about her new job--$59,000 a year with benefits! Quite something for a teacher just out of college. Benefits!?

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Nothing to worry about. Coverage for health, eyes, dentistry, long-term disability, short-term disability, life and, in three months, retirement annuities.

Trouble is, what's the take-home pay? Let's see: she took home somewhere around $33.5 thou. Can anyone live on that these days? Especially when they're taxed at the above-mentioned official income? Don't forget the tax dedux: city, state, and feds.

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I thought for a while about the psychology of beating your brains out against what MIGHT happen--anything from a toothache to a serious, lifelong disability. Beating your brains out against what WILL happen: health deterioration from excessive job-related stress that will eat into those benefits and make you glad you have them. Self-defeating, No?

Then I thought about insurance premiums. Must be pretty high even in group plans to suck so much out of the gross salary.

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Then it occurred to me that my friend was beating her brains out to support these various insurance &c. companies. Who was her real employer?

Slavedriver? Sure wish the government would do something about those exorbitant insurance rates. They're trying to, but the Tea Party in particular don't like that. I wonder how many of them work for insurance companies?

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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