You are a deadbeat piece of crap

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When did the United States of America go from “shoot for the moon” to “circle the wagons?”

We appear to be on a race to become the sickest and dumbest of the developed nations where nothing is going to be possible. The enemy this time is not the Communists, Soviets or al-Qaeda. The enemy is your deadbeat neighbor who is sucking your hard-earned money out of the tax coffers to finance his lavish lifestyle. He is buying big-screen TVs with his unemployment checks and taking extravagant vacations with his Social Security checks. If he is a teacher, he is enriching his pension plan from your sweat and aching back. If he works for the government, he is an over-paid lazy bum who is the reason your health insurance plan at the plant stinks.

Do we really want armed police officers and firefighters hired by municipalities at bargain-basement prices? How stupid and ill-trained do you want the teacher to be teaching your children? Have we abandoned the notion altogether that good schools increase property values? We seem to accept the argument without question from the Right that the public employees need to lower their expectations of compensation and the value of work rather than the private sector workers increasing their expectations.

Smart people are being driven out of politics by zealots and bullies under the mis-guided notion that small government is good government. But a small government that enables corporations to rape the human resources unchecked for the sake of profit only is not a good small. Even small government must be balanced.

The secret to getting cheap labor appears to be convincing everyone that they are not worth the salary or benefits they are asking. From the Tea Party to the GOP to the media, the message appears to be consistent — human beings are just too darn expensive.

Break out the torches and pitch forks, folks. We are turning against each other and it isn’t a healthy debate.

7 Replies to “You are a deadbeat piece of crap”

  1. Do we really want armed police officers and firefighters hired by municipalities at bargain-basement prices? How stupid and ill-trained do you want the teacher to be teaching your children? Have we abandoned the notion altogether that good schools increase property values?

    The Right only wants this stuff when it benefits their argument. I read the comments of my local, small town paper and the folks there are constantly complaining that the teachers don’t do a good enough job and the streets are clean enough and the police… Well, you get the point. They don’t think they have to pay for this excellence they expect– unless it’s them. You won’t see a Republican policy maker taking a pay or benefit cut. You won’t see a Republican retired policy maker giving back his pension (that goes for those that aren’t policy makers but still benefit from a pension package from working for the public).

    They have no solid values. They listen to what their leaders tell them without questioning why it was good last week but this week they’re against it (fill in the blank for whatever “it” is).

  2. It concerns me that the “you’re not worth what you’re being paid” is working into our psyche as a nation. The argument is about the cost of thing rather than the value. It seems medical service, education and the arts are the first to be cut in any budget talks and it accepted without question as necessary from BOTH sides. These things are investment in us as human beings. We forget the only reason to make money is to serve humanity, not the other way around.

  3. The US is heading into a twilight that won’t end happily. The way out of the mess we’re in is to set broad, national priorities. The way out is to rally together and work our way out of our current set of problems. This requires leadership and government spending.

    Instead of leadership, the inmates who’ve taken over the asylum want to redefine rape. Or they want to defund Planned Parenthood. Or they want to eliminate the NEA. When the only discernible national priority is the guarantee that a T-shirt costs $4 at Wal-Mart, bread riots aren’t too far behind.

  4. The party that co-opted patriotism is the very one that is selling out this country to the interests of corporations. Money knows no loyalty to country. When the politicians have handed over everything, what use will they be to the corporations other than to maintain control of the people? It is not outside the realm of reasonable thought to foresee the day when being labeled a “liberal” is the same as being named as a “traitor” that it is ok to rid the country of. I think, though, that many red-staters will realize quickly — and with great shock — that the Second Amendment is just as important to blue-staters as it is to red-staters. And I wonder which line the underpaid, disrespected public union police will on? Hmmmm…

    Instead of the Blue and Gray, we are becoming the Red and Blue. A nation divided then did not stand. Let’s hope we all have the will again…

  5. People like Michael Wernick is what we should be concerned about. The GOP is successfully framing the argument as pension and healthcare money as one big checkbook from where the public union folks are drawing more than their fair share. They are convincing the private sector employees that their wages and benefits are down; not because their employers have cut them, but because the public sector has been spending out of control and using their money to do it. One has nothing to do with the other and limiting the public sector employment wages and benefits will not bring back 100% health insurance plans to the private sector.

    What will happen, however, is that the taxpayer will be even more on the hook as more and more state-employed people will delay health care until it becomes critical. Then, they will go to the ER where care is much more expensive. It’s what happens when co-pays and premiums go up.

  6. “Do we really want armed police officers and firefighters hired by municipalities at bargain-basement prices? How stupid and ill-trained do you want the teacher to be teaching your children? ”

    I was actually just thinking about this last night when I was reading a tweet by a guy I follow who lives in Christchurch New Zealand. He said one of the disturbing things that had come up in conversations with police and rescue workers was them having to euthanize people whom they could not rescue. Think about that for a minute..or 2 or more…

    First of all, my heart goes out to those people. Second, I had a “what if” pop in my head. What if rescue operations were done by private business instead of government? Wouldn’t true free market competition increase the abilities of rescue workers. Would a team that had to constantly improve/adapt due to competition for survival not have been able to successfully rescue at least 1 of those given up cases? PLEASE don’t take this as me putting down rescue workers as I see them as unselfish saints who put their lives at risk to save others while taking minute pay for invaluable duties. But couldn’t this be an opportunity for the good old free market and economic Darwinism to make the situation optimal for the entire system as a whole through natural and innate survival/thriving mechanisms? Rescue workers with superior skill sets would be in high demand and could therefore demand high compensation. Maybe John demands twice the salary that Tom does, but what if John could rescue more than twice as many people as Tom could in any given situation?

    Also, as you mentioned, a great school system used to be valued as key to having high property values. That was a sort of free market activity going on. People demanded good education so community developers supplied it. What has happened since then? Have we stopped demanding it and began to accept sub-par? Has the financial crisis over the past few years taken away our collective ability to demand and forced us to accept whatever is supplied in the community wherever we are current “stuck” due to underwater mortgages? Do we just no longer give a f#@k or do we care but no longer have and power to do anything about it?

  7. I have friends who are first responders. There are parts of their job that we both know they do but don’t talk about nor shows up in any TV news reports… yet, anyway. I could not do that job and it is difficult beyond imagining. Anyone who knows an experienced firefighter or police officer first-hand well knows they are underpaid and under-respected.

    To your free market question; I think it all depends on how much a human life is worth and who pays? If it is the municipality, they will take the lowest bid, not the most qualified. So the contractor will stock the resumes with experience on the bid, but switch out the labor on the execution. It happens all the time with military contracts so I would be very surprised if it didn’t with private fire/rescue. Tax-supported public servants don’t calculate costs during an operation whereas a private company would allocate so many cubic feet of water per episode, so many minutes per rescue (UPS, 10 seconds to the door, 10 seconds back. USPS; no time limits…) I daresay we would actually have more “qualifying termination events.” I’m just guessing.

    I think you hit the nail on the head. In the Dayton area, houses sit. Qualified people can get jobs elsewhere, but can’t sell their homes. Business knows this, so they drive salaries down. Lower salaries, lower property values, schools suffer and we’ve lost a lot of clout. I think it has also worn a bit on our psyche. Lower salaries and crap home values tend to do that.

    From my personal experience, I can’t hire anyone qualified from the local area. Those who are available don’t have the skills. Those who have skills need more than I can pay. I find qualified people living elsewhere and most of the work now is done off-site. Not my preferred way of ‘interacting’, but we’re making it work.. We have to.

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