Orwell's quip--that 'some are more equal than others'--was not fiction. Never was, never will be.
The "public safety" unions will make double-damn sure you know it, too, even if it requires a little lying and deception to make it so.
Gov. Scott Walker stirred things up Monday with talk about extending
the state ban on public sector union rights to police and firefighters,
before downplaying the idea Tuesday.
public event in Milwaukee on Monday, Walker said he would consider
expanding the law, and that police and fire workers may now be willing
to forgo union rights taken from other government workers — collective
bargaining, paycheck dues withdrawals and arbitration to settle disputes
Here's where the fun starts:
...Leaders of two police unions said their members wouldn’t accept any such change, and they believe the governor knows that.
understands that there is an absolute difference between public safety
and general employees in this regard,” said Milwaukee Police Association
president Mike Crivello.
Crivello said he cautioned officers who
called him Tuesday not to jump to conclusions. Walker knows public
safety workers face personal danger on the job, and that the union has
allowed them to advocate effectively for weaponry and equipment that
makes them safer, Crivello said....
That was three-card monte in pixels.
You see, "union advocacy" and the militarization of the cop-shop are totally unrelated. The cops can "advocate" (i.e., demand) "weaponry and equipment" without Crivello and his bush-league rabble-rouser WPPA yappydog Palmer. If the citizens of a given community think the cops need military-grade weapons and protective equipment, they'll cough up the money.
That's what Crivello and Palmer fear, by the way. They represent cops, not the 101st Airborne. Some citizens have reservations about flash-bang grenades, full-auto AR's, and armored cars for their cops.
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