If it's not pensions, it's nonprofit sector salary. The thing with third-rail politics isn't that there's never a point to the argument - in fact, there often is. Surely, some state pensions need to be fixed and there are nonprofit CEOs and executives being overpaid, especially in this economy. The problem, of course, is that there's all too much focus on these issues which, in the grand scheme of things, are rather petty when compared to the size and scope of our problems today.
Moreover, often times the people making these third-rail arguments are hurting their own cause - such as AmberPaw today, over at BMG. Amber argues that MSPCA is overpaying its employees by a lot. The news will surely cost a lot of donations to MSPCA over the course of this year - perhaps millions. The result? Even more people will be laid off, more clinics could be shuttered and, most important of all, more dogs and cats will be homeless and without anyone to care for them or find them permanent families. This is what it means to shoot your own leg.
All for an organization that applies over 90% of its funds directly toward caring for the dogs and cats, not administrative costs. In nonprofits, 90% is the gold standard - heck, 80% is considered good. It doesn't get much better than 90%. So, for this cause that's so important and already underfunded, it's going to get hit even worse, all because supporters were supplying an irrational amount of anger at salaries which are in fact middling for the industry and could have been dealt with in a way that wouldn't have hurt the pets (such as a few big donors signing a letter asking the top-paid employees take a 10-20% pay cut in this economy, to spare a few jobs from being laid off).