The problem with the political establishment is that it ALWAYS takes care of its own – even when we boot them out of power. Just consider this;
FORMER Irish PM Brian Cowen will get a taxpayer-funded pension worth more than €150,000 every year for the rest of his life.
His predecessor Bertie Ahern will pocket €152,331 annually. Mr Cowen is already entitled to the payment, even though he is only 51 — 14 years younger than the normal pension age.
And another 28 former ministers are entitled to annual payments worth more than €100,000. These include corrupt former justice minister Ray Burke, who served time in jail. Others getting more than €100,000 include former arts minister Martin Cullen and ex-health minister Mary Harney, who gets €129,805. Former Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue — who resigned amid public uproar over his lavish expenses — will get €119,177 annually, the same amount as former finance minister Charlie McCreevy. Pensions experts last night said private sector workers would have to amass pension funds of up to €6m to get such generous payments. Mr Ahern’s and Mr Cowen’s pensions would cost between €5m and €6m each, while Mr Burke’s is worth around €3m.
When one surveys the wreck of the Irish economy, and the genuine pain many people are experiencing, isn’t it a SCANDAL that these political parasites continue to feed off the taxpayer? If there was any fairness, any integrity, they would hang their heads in shame and refuse this largesse. Instead, they hold out their hands and greedily accept. Ain’t life grand when you are a crooked politician?