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Archive for September 1st, 2011

Trash Collectors are above Police Officers: Why unions use the police to gain power

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As the campaign gears up from the union rank and file attempting to repeal S.B.5 known as Issue 2 at the voting booth, they only have one honest card to play in which to hide the massive amount of extortion and manipulation that the public sector unions are guilty of; and that’s to hide their plight, the entire merit of their existence behind the good work of the police and firefighters. They will attempt to use these groups to hide the massive accumulation of sins that have been committed against the public.

The unions will do as they always do and that’s attempt to make the tax payers feel guilty. They do it with pay for teachers by saying, “it’s for the kids.” And with police and firefighters they will say, “but it’s for their safety.” Unfortunately for them, the union attempt to paint police work as terribly dangerous is very misleading. There is without question danger in the work of police and firefighters. But, it is the union who broadcasts every single fatality to the media so to put a light on it, so the perception in society is that police and firefighters are the only ones suffering from on-the-job fatalities, and if you listen to the news and union reports, every time a police officer puts on a uniform, they are at risk of death.

Well, it’s simply not true, being a police officer is not that dangerous, not compared to other jobs in the private sector. Below is the recent report from MSN News published by Career Builder of the top ten most dangerous jobs most likely to lead to a fatality. As shown, police officers come in at number ten. There are a lot of jobs, including roofers, fisherman, trash collectors and the like who come in ahead of police officers, and fireman don’t even make the list. The difference between those jobs and the public job is that there isn’t a union there whose sole purpose is to take every fatality, every injustice and attempt to capitalize on misfortune in order advance their wage rate, or work hours.

Source:
http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2747-Job-Info-and-Trends-The-most-dangerous-jobs-in-America/

Top ten occupations with the highest fatalities per 100,000 workers.

1. Fishers and related fishing workers: 116
2. Logging workers: 91.9
3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 70.6
4. Farmers and ranchers: 41.4
5. Mining machine operators: 38.7
6. Roofers: 32.4
7. Refuse and recyclable materials collectors: 29.8
8. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 21.8
9. Industrial machinery installation, repair workers: 20.3
10. Police and sheriff’s officers: 18.0

I’m personally a guy who loves danger. I have thought about being a police officer just so I could have the opportunity to be in dangerous situations. I have contemplated a life in the military for the same reason, so I’d have a chance to roam the world and be in dangerous situations. The trouble is, I’m not a “yes sir” type and regiment is not to my liking. So those jobs are unattractive to me for the 90% of the time that they aren’t in danger. So I’ve found my dangerous kick in other ways. I’ve done work as a bouncer, a body-guard, and most dangerous of all, a repo man. I know what it feels like to go to a door with a guy on the other side swearing that if you come any closer that he’ll shoot you through the door. In my case it was really tough because as a repo man, I couldn’t carry a gun at the time, because the insurance company for the client wouldn’t let me. So I had to frequently approach hostile people under dangerous situations much like an officer has to when they pull over a driver, or approach a house for an arrest or domestic violence situation only without a gun. I know what a bullet sounds like that passes right by your ear, or strikes the car you’re driving. And it is my opinion that many in the law enforcement profession make too much of the danger because in my opinion they know the danger of the job and that’s why they get into the position, to help keep society safe even if it means they will be in danger.

The people I know who are truly tough, and bold, soldiers who have been overseas in war, who have seen much death, they tend not to talk about it much. That is the proper thing to do. Even if somewhere deep inside they get involved in danger for the thrill of it, taking a life from someone does not feel good, or even being indirectly responsible for the death of someone doesn’t make you proud. But if you put yourself in that business, those things will happen, and it’s best to tuck it away somewhere deep inside.

But when it’s used to pick up women in a bar, or to get free donuts from your local bakery, or to prop up artificially the wages of union labor it makes the people who do it manipulators of little worth. It cancel’s out the worth behind the risks they take in favor of undermining it with an attempt at glorification. That glorification is what the unions are attempting to capitalize on to preserve their empire, and the police and firefighters are allowing themselves to be used by organized labor to climb on the backs of their merit to manipulate the political aspirations of the union leaders.

If the police and firefighters allow themselves to be used this way it will diminish them greatly, because in all reality, they are simply sharing the risks we all face in providing for our families. Their lives are no more at danger than the rest of us as the statistics show clearly. But as they attempt to highlight their danger in hopes of protecting the level of control the public sector unions currently hold over all tax payers, the only conclusion that can be drawn from such an effort is that of a crybaby attempting to get something for the noise they make, and I see no valor in such an act, and therefore little value.

As an example of this let me point out that pilots are number 3 on the list. When was the last time you heard an airplane pilot crying about how dangerous their job is? When flying on a commercial airline, pilots are always examples of cool. When they hit turbulence, or have an aircraft malfunction while in flight their typical reaction is, “we’re experiencing some technical difficulty. We’ll have it worked out shortly and we’ll get back on course.” Their voice is always even, with no reflection of the danger present.

With police, it’s approaching a vehicle with their hand on a gun ready to draw at the slightest inclination. (I know people who can draw and fire their gun in less than .25ths of a second, so putting a hand on a gun is not for readiness, its intimidation) I call that over-reaction, when compared to the coolness of a pilot, who is statistically in a much more dangerous job. Yet people don’t think the pilot is ever in danger because the pilot doesn’t complain. It’s a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease. Any good deeds committed under the heroics of danger get cancelled out when the value of such an endeavor is used to promote a “collective” manipulation, and that is truly a shame that is lost upon the minds of many.

Police and firefighters are doing good valuable work for society. But they make a mistake by allowing parasites to ride their backs, and their valor for a cause of pure self-preservation to justify the reign of control from an empire built by President Kennedy in 1963. And it cheapens their efforts dramatically.

For the answer to everything as to why labor unions fail, check out this link:
https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/why-public-labor-unions-fail-the-science-of-stagnation/

Rich Hoffman
https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/ten-rules-to-live-by/
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