Girard Miller, a frequent contributor to GOVERNING magazine and senior strategist at the PFM Group, has a few words for both sides of the pension debate in a recent column titled, "Pension Puffery: Here are 12 half-truths that deserve to be debunked in 2012."
Among the ideas that Miller takes on:
"The pension mess was caused by greedy people (from the other side), not us."
"There's no crisis. The stock market will recover and then there is no problem."
"The solution is to replace pensions with 401(k) plans, like the private sector."
"This is a $3 trillion problem when you measure it using honest (risk-free) math."
"The average public pension is $23,000."
The $100,000 pension club.
Click here to read Miller's column.