Last week the walking gaffe machine Joe Biden stood before the International Association of Firefighters and spoke of Jobs and community. Here is how the Politico phrased Joe’s speech.
“I just tell you, it’s nice speaking to an audience where — with not only whom you agree, but with whom you feel totally comfortable, with a whole lot of folks out there I grew up with,” Biden began.
In a sober speech to first responders — still in the shadow of last week’s massacre in Colorado — Biden told the audience of 3,200 that Republicans have a “different value set” when it comes to public employees and other working people.
“They look at your ranks and they see an easy place to cut budgets to accommodate their priorities — not just you but cops, public workers generally,” Biden said. “They just have a fundamentally different view. They just have a different value set than we do. They act like you’re the community’s problem — as if you’re not part of the community.”
Biden said the Republicans have a different value set when it comes to public employees! Different from who many of the Philadelphia Firefighters I know asked. Biden said it was nice to talk to a group that he agrees with. He must not have actually talked to any of the men and women who work in Philadelphia. Well you read what they wrote now it is my turn.
Just how out of reality is the Washington team with what is really happening in Philadelphia? Biden spoke during his speech about the two firefighters killed earlier this year and chose to use those two good men to politicize the issue of Fire Department funding. Obviously nobody clued Joe in on the real situation in Philadelphia. Many recent Democrat Mayors have taken a pound of flesh out of the Police and Firefighters Unions. Ed Rendell the ex-Governor of Pennsylvania and his hatchet man David Cohen (Now at Comcast Hmm…) took a pound of flesh from these two unions that were unable to strike. Mayor Street was so insensitive he had a paramedic who was ill camped on his office doorstep for weeks and did not even acknowledge her. The along comes Mike Nutter. Mr smooth he calls out Street when he wanted to close firehouses and said it was foolish. Well he must be a fool because he closed multiple stations and has a “brown-out policy in which various firehouses in the city are deactivated for a shift. The equipment is there just not enough firefighters to respond to an emergency. The city will deny but people have died because of this policy.
These cuts and dangerous brownouts have been instituted by a Democrat Mayor in a pro-labor city yet the International up until last Thursday remained silent about all of this. Why? Because International President Harold Schaitberger has become nothing more than a tool of the Democrats and he wants his bed feathered with the money he is making.
Here is a little Economics 101 for you. More jobs means more tax revenue. Higher taxes means a shifting tax base (Like leaving the city or state for a place with lower taxes) Higher tax revenue means better conditions to keep up an effective public sector employment system. A true unemployment rate of 14% for over 3 years does not bode well for any government. Yet that is exactly what the federal government has allowed to happen.
President Obama and his Jobs Committee have not met in over six months. It seems the commander-in-chief is too busy campaigning to worry about how to produce more jobs. Which I think might be a good thing because the last time he tried to stimulate the economy the unemployment rate jumped to over 10% and it is still not below 8.
For these reasons I am a Retired Philadelphia Firefighter for Romney 2012. If your on Facebook check out the group. But I would recommend that if you have an opposing viewpoint you might not want to join the group. Firefighters are known for saying what they think. Here is a link to the page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/207360286058821/
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