The System Is About to Burst Open: TRILLIONS In Unfunded Pensions “Foreshadow A Bleak Future”

Friday, December 23, 2016
By Paul Martin

Shaun Bradley
December 22nd, 2016

This article was written by Shaun Bradley and originally published at The

Editor’s Comment: Decades of benefit promises to state workers, especially by socialistic large cities and left-leaning states, is reaching the point of no return. The promised money is not there, and there is no way to squeeze that much more out of the public – though many will probably try. Somebody is about to get screwed, and it probably won’t be the ones bailing out with golden parachutes.

Hordes of retirees are ready to cash in their benefits, but the coffers are running dry. Empty promises, smoke and mirrors are about to be exposed by the compounding pressure of debt piled to the roof.

Will this problem lead to bankruptcy for governments, or to riots and protests in the streets? What happens if the whole system ends up being one big I.O.U.? This is a huge problem that just can’t be overstated…

Pension Panic: The Coming Financial Bubble Nobody Is Talking About

by Shaun Bradley

For millions of public sector workers in the U.S., state-run pension funds are the only chance left for a comfortable retirement. In the hopes of providing a stable future for their families, an entire generation was duped into putting decades of their earnings into these supposedly ‘risk-free’ investments. Unfortunately, those who have entrusted the government to manage their life savings may end up destitute as a result.

Budgetary shortfalls that have plagued Detroit for years are now spreading to other municipalities. Since 2008, six local governments have been forced to renegotiate their debts in bankruptcy court, with many others on the same trajectory. The scale of the problem has been repeatedly understated by the media, but across the nation, a somber reality is beginning to set in.

States with large populations, like California, often find themselves in the spotlight when it comes to deficits, but there are several others that are in even worse shape. Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut are among those facing the biggest hurdles to meet their obligations to retirees. Instead of maintaining a surplus, politicians have continuously prioritized spending today on things like sports stadiums, for example, to ensure re-election. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have echoed solutions that involve either massive cuts to benefits or shifting the financial burden onto the taxpayer. The price to prop up these insolvent funds will come in the form of higher property taxes, income taxes, and other stealth forms of subsidization.

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