About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers. — Calvin Coolidge, address at the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 5, 1926.
Fullerton’s pay and pension data
Here's some data for you to study in the aftermath of very generous pay increases recently granted to Fullerton's city employees by the City Council:
SALARIES of Fullerton's 931 city employees (2015).
PENSIONS of Fullerton's 689 retired city employees (2015).
THE AVERAGE annual pension and benefit package for full-career retirees in 2015 was $86,986.55.
FULLERTON'S RETIRED employees received pensions and benefits in 2015 totaling $33,302,282.82.
SEARCH FOR FULLERTON EMPLOYEES' salaries or pensions by name.
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