"This isn't the way things are supposed to be. The force shouldn't be hit with layoffs just when we get a lid on things, and the desk sergeant shouldn't be selling pills to the rank and file. I shouldn't wake up screaming every night, and you shouldn't have to worry that walking down Drachmann Street means you might turn up jammed into a dumpster."
- An off duty police detective at the Hotel Congress Bar
Imagine that. Things aren't the way they're supposed to be. Cops shouldn't be hopped up on pills to stay awake through their new post-layoff shift durations, and crime shouldn't be getting worse. Banks shouldn't be able to bill us for giving them a loan, and oil drilling companies should be inspected. We shouldn't be pissing away American lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, and 48% of America probably shouldn't be throwing a tantrum because a Black dude got elected (There are plenty of legitimate things to bitch at Obama for, but who cares, right?).
We live in a world that had steadily - and with great cost - improved for a full century, but has now seemingly burst at the seams, allowing a century's worth of awful sewage and filth to come pouring out. Orwellian bullshit is on the rise (Example: Battered White Man Syndrome, where anyone who points out their racism is somehow racist for doing so. Another example: The Media Shield Act.), but we can all pretend everything is okay, so long as we have Hispanics to dump on.
The funniest thing about all this is that there really isn't anything wrong. Let me say that again: There isn't anything wrong. Sure, we're in a recession, but that happens like clockwork. Yes, we have an environmental disaster on the gulf coast, but we've survived those before. Illegal immigration isn't any worse now than it's ever been (the Southern border has never been "safe".), and terrorists have become a sad joke (since Richard Reid, nobody seems to know how to build a functioning bomb anymore). Things are basically as normal as they can get.
So the obvious thing to do - at least here in Arizona - is fire, or threaten to fire, as many teachers, police, and emergency workers as possible. And the way you do that is to push (regressive) tax increases to "save" those jobs, and then spend all of the money in Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale, leaving the rest of the state to lay off the above mentioned people. This creates the problem they want, so that they can use the horrible examples that result as a means to scare the honkey off of the residents of those 4 cities, and squeeze them some more...All the while crying that the democrats want to raise their taxes.
And I'm sure we're not the only state this is happening to. I happen to know that Utah, Florida, and Texas are doing the same thing (notice a pattern here, folks?).
And everyone eats it up.
So, yeah, fuck it, they deserve what's coming.
Okay for now,