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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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That stimulus he put in place, it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs, and the one place we should have cut back was on government jobs. We have a 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work!

Mitt Romney, detailing his plan for jobs in Craig, Colo.

Please tell me how firing 145,000 Americans would be good for the economy – not that Romney’s claim is correct. Under the Obama administration, public sector employment has dropped, but private sector employment has grown by 760,000 jobs since Obama signed the stimulus in February of 2009. Since then, public sector employment has dropped by 608,000. Even federal employment has a slower pace of growth than the private sector.

Anyhow, eliminating one job in the public sector does not automatically create a job in the private sector. That’s a ridiculous notion – if Romney is correct, for every teacher, police officer, or postal worker laid off in the public sector, their job became available in the private sector, right?


Romney’s hatred of the public sector is irrational. Romney supports public sector workers when he can use them as a prop for a photo op, like when he brought pizza to NYC firefighters. Obama may not be the #1 cheerleader for the public sector, but at least he’s not in favor of firing people in the name of job creation.

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