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Lynn Parramore: California memo just latest example of Wall St’s attack on workers’ pensions A draft of an upcoming California ballot initiative calls for massive cuts in retirement benefits for current public employees. The draft, recently obtained by Frying Pan News, comes amidst growing concern of an attack on public pensions being carried out by Wall Street and their political allies. "You look behind the scenes, and it's the same old players," said Lynn Parramore, the senior editor of Alternet. "In this case it's the Reason Foundation, which is a conservative libertarian think tank allied with—big surprise—the Koch brothers." Parramore described the PR campaign to blame public workers for the California budget crisis as "an audacious and cynical attack on people who have no responsibility for the state budget shortfalls." "We have politicians that are captured by Wall Street. We have regulators that are captured by Wall Street. We have all this money coming and being thrown at a PR campaign which is essentially a lie, and it gets repeated all the time in the media. I mean, most people believe that there is some unfunded liability crisis going on in the states that requires cutting pensions, and it's just a fiction." "And really what this is all about is privatization. It's about transferring money from the 99 percent to the 1 percent," said Parramore. A report recently released by the Institute for America's Future compared California’s pension shortfalls with corporate tax breaks provided by the state. It found a pension gap of $3.7 billion,…
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