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Wealthy Michigan Teacher Upset She Can’t Retire at 47

Written By : Warner Todd Huston
April 20, 2012

It’s just unfair, isn’t it? I mean, if an $80,000-per-year, union protected, unfireable, teacher can’t retire at the extremely young age of 47 while the rest of us have to work into our 70s, well, what kind of world are we living in? That’s how teachers in Michigan feel, anyway.


Just ask the haughty Terri List, a Michigan public school teacher from Saginaw Township. She’s entirely disgusted with all those ignorant taxpayers — who vote in evil Republicans — that won’t let her retire at 70% of her salary at a sprightly 47-years-of-age. She’s so upset that she’s telling anyone that will listen that being a teacher isn’t worth the effort.

On the government union site run by the Michigan Education Association, Mz List is seen carping that waiting to retire at 60 is a travesty for the teaching profession. In what rotten world do people have to wait until they are 60 to retire, anyway!?

… only the rest of us, Mz List, only the rest of us. You know the “us” I’m speaking of Mz List? Yeah, the “us” that are with our taxes forced to pay your exorbitant salary, your overly generous benefits, and your retirement in your middle age.

A hike in the retirement age would be required by Michigan Senate Bill 1040, the legislation that has the unionistas of Michigan, including the greedy Mz List, all in an uproar.

I mean, imagine the arrogance, here? We have a woman that is earning upwards to $80,000 a year on the backs of taxpayers of Michigan who earn a median income of but $48,000 a year. We have a woman that thinks she’s entitled to retire at 47 when most other people can’t retire until their 70s — if they have the luxury of retiring at all. And we have a woman who will make around 70% of her income off the backs of the taxpayers for perhaps as long as 34 years, she doing nothing at all but soaking up the cash and enjoying herself while the rest of us have the burden to pay for her life of leisure.

Worse, like many of these people in “education,” its very possible if she retires so young that she’ll go to another school system, get hired there, and retire early yet again so that she can double dip her pension and make hundreds of thousands of dollars off the backs of the taxpayers!

And this woman is complaining?

At least some people are noticing these teacher’s arrogance and outsized sense of entitlement.

Leon Drolet, chairman of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, called List’s comments “amazing.”

“Wow. They have reached the politicians’ level of entitlement,” Drolet said. “She thinks she is entitled to retire at 47? Holy smokes. I don’t know what more to say to that. A government employee thinking that 47 is a reasonable expectation to retire shows just how deep inside their own bubble they live, insulated from the real world.”

That’s about right, isn’t it?

This whole episode is yet more proof that allowing government workers to unionize is the worst idea of all. Unions are anathema to good government.

All government unions should be eliminated forthwith.

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