I couldn’t sleep last night, so I started going up and down the radio dial, looking for something that might put me to sleep. A conservative talker raged about the need for inner city youth to obey the police. His point was simple: No matter what the circumstance, we must respect the police.
Conservative leaders in Michigan must listen to other right wing radio talkers. According to Laura Clawson in Daily Kos, police and firefighters in Detroit are not getting respect from the conservative governor Rick Snyder and his “Emergency Manager” Kevyn Orr. Neither group is eligible for Social Security, and the city’s bankruptcy will make their pensions next to worthless. Unlike pensions in the private sector there is no Federal system to backstop failed public pension funds. Brave cops and firefighters who put their lives on the line to keep the people safe now face a very insecure retirement.
Even if public safety officers in Detroit received full pensions, they would only average $30,000, much less than peers in cities of a similar size. How can people who say they respect the police (and I assume firefighters) treat them so poorly? Clawson puts it best in the last words of her article: “They kept their promises to the city of Detroit. It must keep its promises to them.” Amen.