Taxpayers exist to keep the bureaurcrats in the style to which they have become accustomed. And when, after years of little work and massive salaries and benefits, the bureaucrats retire (how do they tell?), they pick up rip-off pensions far higher than any salary they ever grabbed. See the San Diego newspaper’s protest, itself pretty unusual. But with the depression, maybe the vampires can be pried off the necks of the productive while there is some blood left. They don’t call it a correction for nothing. (Thanks to Mary H.)10:29 pm on February 13, 2009 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.