Instead of looking at public pensions, for example, and thinking “Why do they get that?” shouldn’t the response be “Why don’t I get that?” Especially considering the record profits workers are generating for corporations at this time.
Indeed - the problem is NOT union and/or government worker wages and benefits.
The problem is the disparity in income and wealth between the really, really rich and everybody else and the refusal of the hedge fund criminal class, the corporate criminal class, and the Wall Street criminal class from paying their fair share of taxes or a living wage to the working and middle classes.
The problem is corporate greed and exploitation.
For some reason, Americans refuse to see this
Instead they look at a teacher's health care benefits and pension and say "Let's take that from those people!"
Meanwhile the hedge fundies, Wall Streeters and corporate CEO's are laughing all the way to their tax-free Cayman Island havens.