Is it any wonder why California is in the financial mess it’s in – particularly when you read a story like this one.

Dr. Jeffrey Rohlfing, a California employee, is a prison surgeon who took home $777,423 last year and has a history of mental illness,  was fired once for alleged incompetence and has not been allowed to treat an inmate for six years because medical supervisors don’t trust his clinical skills.

Since July 2005, he’s either been on paid leave, fired or fighting his termination and when he was allowed back into the High Desert State Prison, he’s relegated to reviewing paper medical histories.  In other words, he’ shuffles paper.  His base pay is $235,740 and the rest is back pay for more than two years when he didn’t work for the state while appealing his termination.

Unbelievable – but that’s apparently  how the government system works.