Re "McClintock feeds at pension trough" (Dan Morain, Forum, Aug. 25): The column calling Congressman Tom McClintock hypocritical for taking a pension he earned after years of warning about the systems excesses is really over the top.
Do you really think you can make a case that he has somehow abused the system? After nearly 30 years in public service, McClintock ranks 419th among the 435 House members in net worth. In fact, McClintock receives less in public pension payments than most other California congressmen who receive them. Why pick on one GOP representative?
It is true that for years, McClintock warned that the public employee retirement benefit structure was unsustainable. He was right. Last year even Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature finally recognized that fact and voted to reduce certain future benefits.
If you know McClintock, you know him to be a man of great character and integrity who raised warnings about pension benefit sustainability long before most saw a problem. Of that he is guilty. But pension abuse? Never. -- Jim Brulte, Fontana, chairman, California Republican Party