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Is Berkeley Ready to Pay for Sex-Change Operations?

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posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 06:43 PM

While the country’s cities and states are cutting employment benefits, Berkeley City Council members will decide Tuesday whether to set aside taxpayer dollars for city workers to get sex-change operations. The vote, expected this evening, would permit the city to dole out $20,000 in cash stipends from its general budget to pay for the surgeries – even as a city auditor warns of ballooning employee benefits costs. A new City Manager's report states that the city has unfunded liabilities — including pension funds, workers' compensation and vacation payouts — totaling as much as $252 million. City auditor Anne Marie Hogan, who authored the report, cautioned that employee benefits for the city’s 1,500 workers represent a rapidly increasing cost to Berkeley and that measures must immediately be taken to lower these expenditures. Read more:

Is it just me or does anyone else's blood begin to boil when they see things as ridiculous as this? I am just at a loss for words right now. In these economic times and with the state the country and the state of California is in, this is the last thing people should be worried about. Hope it fails. Do these people live in some kind of lala land where common sense doesn't apply?

posted on Jan, 19 2011 @ 01:15 PM

Originally posted by jaynkeel
Do these people live in some kind of lala land where common sense doesn't apply?

The answer is yes.

Having lived in the Bay Area for 15 years before escaping, I can tell you that many do not have what the rest of us would call common sense. Perhaps even stranger is the fact that many of them also assume everyone else in the country thinks the same way they do and are amazed when they find out that's not true.

Berkeley, the same town that has also given us such "common sense" gems as telling firefighters they couldn't fly the American flag on their fire engines during parades to keep the "peace people" from attacking them. That Columbus Day needed to be renamed "Indigenous People's Day" because Columbus was a really bad man.

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