Thursday, January 28, 2010
Pink Slips Set To Rain On Phoenix Police And Firefighters
Phoenix, AZ—Decades of wasteful spending has caught up with that tax and spend mayor and city council. Taj Mahal building projects along with an ambitious and unneeded light rail system put this city in bankruptcy. Of course the local politicians never wanted for campaign contributions from those profiting from out-of-control pork spending.
The Phoenix Police Department had 400 vacancies as it was and now they are firing an additional 350 sworn officers. The department is reading to collect badges, guns and other equipment from the officers they’ve spent millions to train.
This will be the first time in the city’s history that sworn officers are being laid off.
As this is happening releasing prisoners is on the negotiation table. Thankfully people in Arizona can carry concealed weapons and have seen self-defense laws beefed up in recent times.
144 Phoenix firefighters will also find themselves out of work. It may be a good time to invest in fire extinguishers and examine insurance policies.
Somehow I don’t see criminals taking over the city any time soon. In the last couple of days Phoenix homeowners have sent a couple of home invaders off to meet their makers.
As neighbors learn to protect neighbors the bad guys may find themselves on the endangered species list. Perhaps we will need more body bags and fewer prison cells.
Credit should go right where it is due, to Mayor Phil Gordon and his cohorts.