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The city attorney's office has learned the identities of some of the former City of San Diego officials who were cut in on $8.2 million of questionable pension benefits shelled out by the pension fund. The $8.2 million exceeded Internal Revenue Service limits. Among the former officials: John Kern, chief of staff to former Mayor Dick Murphy; Jack McGrory, city manager, and Ralph Inzunza and Michael Zucchet, city councilmembers.

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Anonymous Nov. 20, 2007 @ 11:59 a.m.

Yet again this city is being devoured by the few. In my years of life I have seen the president resign, Jim and Tammy Fay, Mark Foley and other examples of huberis and justice - sometime justice denied as in Iran Contra. But if I live long enough and the Good Lord willing, I will see Susan Golding, Juan Vargas and Dick Murphy, among others, in hand cuffs.

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Anon92107 Nov. 20, 2007 @ 12:34 p.m.

Re Post #1: Actually there should be a Duke Cunningham Prison for republican and democratic politicians who screwed up our democracy on Alcatraz. But then, what about the people who keep electing the corrupt and the incompetent?

God willing, the younger generation in San Diego will pay attention to what The Reader columnists are documenting and do a better job by taking control of their own future, because every other generation since WWII has failed them.

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Anonymous Nov. 20, 2007 @ 12:41 p.m.

What does this mean if the pension payout exceeds the IRS limit? Will the IRS terminate the city pension plan and tax the assets to city employees based on their contributions? Will the IRS fine the city?

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Anonymous Nov. 20, 2007 @ 1:03 p.m.

Don't ruin Alcatraz with politicians. The view and air is too nice.

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Don Bauder Nov. 20, 2007 @ 5:32 p.m.

Response to posts #1 and 2: There are a number of San Diegans who deserve to be behind bars, unless the statute of limitations has run. However, to put the corrupt behind bars, it takes two things: 1. prosecutors who want to see justice done, and 2. judges who are not in the pocket of the establishment. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 20, 2007 @ 5:36 p.m.

Response to posts #3 and 4: It's too soon to know what IRS will do. It has a lot of options. As to Alcatraz, politicians and white colllar criminals want a golf course. You would lose too many golf balls in the drink at Alcatraz. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Nov. 21, 2007 @ 3:35 a.m.

Response to post #6: Actually Don, I expect that there are so many corrupt local, state and federal politicians eligible to be sent to Alcatraz that they’ll have to stand around naked like Antarctic penguins huddled together for warmth in a freezing blizzard, a whole new kind of hell that America’s politicians deserve.

Both parties are at fault for our problems, it’s not just republicans vs. democrats anymore, it’s corrupt vs. incompetent and since both kinds exist in both parties they have created two new parties when they are in session, the Corrupt Party and the Incompetent Party.

So today America is leaderless because governments have ceased to function in America today, compared to our Founding Fathers who were Patriots, todays political parties have betrayed our Founding Fathers and American Democracy.

So that’s why San Diego politicians are culturally and financially bankrupt with no morals and integrity whatsoever, a species of politician resulting from the devolution of democracy.

It’s time to elect a new group of politicians who are divorced from the degenerate republican and democratic parties.

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Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2007 @ 11:50 a.m.

Response to post #7: In our lopsided distribution of wealth and income, we are back to the Robber Baron days, when a handful of the superrich controlled both political parties. Best, Don Bauder

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Anonymous Nov. 21, 2007 @ 3:36 p.m.

Don: In response to your No 6: Something wrong with letting them dive in to retrieve their golf balls?

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Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2007 @ 7 p.m.

Response to post # 9:Do you suppose alligators could survive in that cold weather? And gobble up pols? Best, Don Bauder

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paul Nov. 21, 2007 @ 9:05 p.m.

Don,

At Alcatraz it is not alligators, but sharks. Unfortunately many of our corrupt pols are lawyers, so the sharks may not eat them out of professional courtesy...

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