Conservatives: If Your House Catches Fire, Call the Heritage Foundation
Or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Or your local Republican headquarters. After all, those lazy government firefighters are part of a [eww] union. And we all know that unions have ruined America and are the biggest stumbling block to an economic recovery.
Of course there isn’t a lick of truth to any of that, since union membership is a tiny fraction of what it was during the prosperous 1950s and ‘60s. But this bullshit keeps getting spewed out every day by rightwing demagogues, and millions of inbreds keep faithfully repeating it, without even knowing what they’re saying.
Teachers’ and firefighters’ unions are currently the favorite punching bags of the Far Right. It’s clear why the Right doesn’t like teachers or their unions. After all, people who are educated aren’t the ones who sit around listening to Fox News and talk radio going “DUH. Yeah!!!”
But firefighters? Do these rightfucks think their OWN houses couldn’t burn? Or maybe if a rightwad’s house catches fire and the firefighters are risking their lives to save the rightwad’s home (and his life), he’ll be getting right up in their faces, saying “So, tell me about that nice fat pension of yours, you overpaid bureaucrat.”
The Senate Republican Policy Committee issued this statement:
“No state bailouts should be contemplated until the wages and pensions of public sector employees are brought into line.”
But by all means let’s keep showering trillions of dollars on failed corporations while their executives continue to pay themselves 7-figure bonuses.