An editor and writer at the influential website Alternet argues that public sector employees are today's "welfare queens"--scapegoats and boogeymen for the nation's economic ills. In his piece, "Right-Wingers Using Public Employees as 21st-Century Welfare Queens," Joshua Holland says,
The image of the overpaid public sector worker with fat retirement benefits offers a compelling storyline for the Right. But it's a complete fabrication. [emphasis added]
Holland talks about "analysis by anecdote," delves into the studies that debunk the myth of the "rich" public employee, and reveals how bad things get for workers when public functions are privatized. He also makes this startling point about how Americans have been led to think of public employees:
The Right has made great political progress getting Americans to ask the question: "How come that guy’s getting what I don’t have?" It’s the crux of the politics of grievance. Progressives need to get Americans to ask a different question: "What’s keeping me from getting what that guy has?" At least part of the answer is the Right’s decades-long assault on private sector workers’ ability to organize.