Cognitive Dissonance

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PA City Defies Court Order; Reduces Police Officers, Firefighters’ Pay To Minimum Wage

You have to read it to believe it. Scranton, Penn. claims to be broke and has lowered the pay of all city workers to $7.25. That means firefighters and police officers risking their lives for the citizens of Scranton will do so for $7.25/hr. 

It’s insulting and disgusting to think that’s even close to a fair wage. It is impossible to live on minimum wage. That’s $290 a week, about $1,160 a month, and $15,080 a year — before taxes, and for a forty hour work week. Here’s the kicker:

Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll.

Take a bow, GOP, and ask yourselves: Do you want that police officer responding to your emergency call or the firefighter rushing into your burning house wondering if it’s worth it for $7.25/hr? 

I sure as hell wouldn’t.

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    From what I know, this kind of stuff has been going on for years in Scranton. I remember visiting my Grandmother there...
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    That’s so fucking insulting…
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    WHAT. THE. FUCK.
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    Thanks Republicans. I suppose next you’ll want to privatize both departments at three times the cost.
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