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This editorial written by retired Detroit PD Sgt C. Newsome appeared recently in the
As Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing
wends its way through the inevitable labyrinthine process in Detroit’s downtown
federal courthouse, and the pensions of the city’s some 8,000 retired police
officers and firefighters hang in the balance, uniformed services pensioners
find themselves both surprised and disappointed over the indifference of
political conservatives, usually fervent champions of public safety causes.
Where are our erstwhile friends, they ask, who have
wrung their hands over the years about exploding violent crime, abandoned
buildings, affirmative action entitlements, and other conservative causes?
Not only are conservatives conspicuously absent in
their support for finding ways to honor the pension guarantees given Detroit’s
police and fire retirees, many of them, including editorialists at conservative
media outlets and other bastions of conservatism, are now openly blaming
“greedy” public safety pensioners for the city’s financial ruin.
First, let’s set the record straight with a few
Unlike what detractors claim, most police and fire
pensioners’ annual benefits fall between $20,000 and $40,000, with the average
being about $30,000.
Detroit police officers and fire fighters are not part
of the Social Security system. After retirement, they are not eligible for
either regular Social Security payments or Medicare. The safety net of Social
Security and Medicare that exists for millions of working Americans does not
apply to Detroit’s police and fire pensioners. If their pensions are reduced or
eliminated, pensioners will face old age with virtually no alternative source of
It wasn’t until 2012 that a police or fire retiree was
actually granted a seat as a trustee of the police and fire pension system.
Incredibly, until that time, no retired member of the uniformed services was
empowered to help oversee a system which was set up solely to manage benefits
set aside for retirees.
While the region’s nominal conservative interests
merely paid lip-service, rank and file Detroit policemen and firemen, and their
unions, were at the forefront of the struggle to oppose affirmative action and
other corrosive public policies put in place by Detroit’s consistently
Democratic political leadership. This decades-long struggle for professionalism,
excellence and fairness was funded by union dues and private donations, with
virtually no support from Wall Street, Lansing or Washington, D.C.
While all of this was going on during the “forty years
of mismanagement” Detroit is now famously bashed for, dozens of Detroit’s
“finest” and “bravest” gave their lives to keep their fellow citizens safe.
Approximately 250 Detroit police officers and fire fighters have died in the
line of duty. That’s more than the entire active uniformed services complement
of such large Detroit suburbs as Livonia or Warren. When these men and women
gave their last full measure, it is doubtful that those whom they died saving
felt that their pay was too high or their retirement benefits too
Police and fire pensioners cannot help but have sense
of abandonment by the conservative establishment. They were there, in the
trenches, every day. They held the urban wolves of violence and destruction at
bay, sacrificing time with our families on holidays, their marriages, their
health, and even their lives so that their neighbors could go about their daily
business unmolested. They fought the good fight. John 15:13 says, “Greater love
has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his neighbor.”
There can be no question but that Detroit is in
terrible financial shape. Everyone involved — citizens, business owners, bond
holders, active employees, and pensioners alike — will be asked to make
sacrifices. So be it. What’s done is done and money doesn’t grow on trees.
But now, in the cops’ and firemens’ darkest hour,
where are the conservative supporters that used to rail about the very
indifference they now demonstrate themselves? How is it that cops and firemen
are, in the midst of a profound municipal fiscal crisis they had no hand in
creating, transformed instantly from heroes into villains? They never asked for
a handout. They worked their careers for wages that most private sector workers
performing services requiring equal capabilities and equal personal risk would
scoff at. They agreed to accept modest wages and horrific working conditions in
part because they were promised a decent pension and adequate health care
benefits into their old age.
In their moment of crisis, they hope against hope that
a path can be found, and that their erstwhile conservative friends in federal,
state and local government will stand forth and have the moral courage to say,
“Not on my watch!”
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In a nutshell , just like all his past speeches he said , " I don't know what is going on there, but I will find out and I will stop the infringement on the American people". In his words he said, "I am the Commander in Chief , I don't know nothing , I didn't authorize it, Bush did it before me, I aint stopping nothing because I gave it my blessing"! Same with Benghazi , same with the IRS, same with Fast and Furious, same with the companies he gave our money to for electric cars , solar panels , energy efficient windows and all went belly up with no accountability. I see the news where after 1 year the black FBI leader assigned an investigator to the IRS scandal, the investigator is a woman that makes less than 100K a year but she gave over $6750.00 to The Black POTUS in campaign funds, after less than a week of investigation she is closing the case and found no wrong doing, although she interviewed NOT one person scrutinized by the IRS nor one of their lawyers were interviewed. Now on top of that the IRS is writing new rules that incorporate what they done to GOP and Tea party groups in the targeting to shut them down from tax exempt status to regular rules so they can continue to do the same scrutiny and not be held accountable.
Billy Graham was even targeted by the IRS. Yep, he bent the rules for a while but now they just change the rules. To tip the scales in the 2014 elections just like the 2012 but now legal. Also the black FBI leader has set new guide lines in how they look into terror suspects and investigations which will now use NO profiling of the suspects due to color, race or religion, well now unless you are Christian or Catholic , that does not change. You still are required to provide birth control and condoms. Ronhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/01/09/obama-political-donor-leading-justice-departments-irs-investigation/
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How to create a social state by Saul AlinskyThere are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.1) Healthcare â€“ Control healthcare and you control the people2) Poverty â€“ Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.3) Debt â€“ Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.4) Gun Control â€“ Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.5) Welfare â€“ Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)6) Education â€“ Take control of what people read and listen to â€“ take control of what children learn in school.7) Religion â€“ Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools Class Warfare â€“ Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
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A Time to Reflect...........
The ego of man prompts some to suppose that he is himself the supreme being or,
if not, to suppose that he stands next in line to the one who is. The former
argues that something that never existed blew up producing both matter and
antimatter. The explosion causes the universe to expand and that someday, it
will collapse upon itself with the matter and antimatter annihilating each
other thus returning to the nothingness that preceded the big bang. (Never mind
that they can’t pinpoint the center of the explosion or explain why different
parts of the universe are traveling at different speeds and are accelerating -
all of which contradicts the laws of physics). The later argues that there is a
supreme being higher than man but that they alone know the mind of God and are
here to act in His behalf. The message of first group is one of no hope. The
message of the second group is one of a false hope based on an ego driven
arrogance that tends to contradict the supremacy of the God they purport to
There is another group of men who
are just as smart but who see their own existence and that of the universe in
which they have their being as part of a grand design that doesn’t need an
explanation. If there is no God, then atheists have nothing to fear from Him.
If there is a God and if He made all things, then He is the God of all men not
just a select few. It takes just as much faith to believe in a universe that
created itself when the only evidence of such an event comes solely from the mind of man as
it does to believe in God who created all things and who has revealed Himself
to us in all that He has created. Faith is what is left when there can be no
So, why is now a time to reflect? It
is a great understatement to say that there is uncertainty in the world. In
terms of world history, it would be difficult to say whether that uncertainty
is any greater now than at any other time in the past but it is certainly
arguable that man has shown little if any progress in reducing it. With the
world’s population increasing, there are more oars in the water than ever
before and the resulting turbulence is putting mankind’s ship out of control.
If ever there was a time when we ought to consider how important is our faith
in God now that we are besieged on every side by His adversaries, now is the
time. It is Sunday here in the Philippines and my wife put a CD of favorite
hymns on the stereo. Listening got me to thinking.
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