Thursday, October 26, 2006

I Was Being Sarcastic

I don't think that the city's firefighters are greedy bastards. I don't know how any city employees are paid relative to their counterparts in other cities. I know that most were underpaid prior to Katrina, but even that was exaggerated. Now that so many lower level employees have been laid off, I'm really curious. Salary figures for police officers and firefighters can be even more misleading, because of state supplemental pay. To my knowledge, only police officers, firefighters and teachers receive it and I assume that at least some other states have something similar. Misleading comparisons can easily be made if state pay is included for one city and not the comparison city.

When the issue of pay raises first came up, the city's estimated costs of $3.1M for the remainder of this year and $11M for next year immediately struck me as "off." When Bruce Eggler covered the issue, he didn't bother with high school math, he just pointed out that the mayor ignored half of the equation. So I was little disappointed that Frank Donze took such a suspicious figure at face value. But this weekend, I'll just redo the math, sort through the facts and point why everybody should be disturbed by the council's handling of the matter. Then I'll drop the subject.

Comments:
Now is your chance:

It is ashamed that this country has lost focused on what is important during these election debates. On every major media source, on line, radio and TV talk shows, everyone is talking about the war this, or the war that.. It make me mad that nobody is talking about Katrina, New Orleans, the gulf coast and FEMA and how this adminstration clearly showed its true colors at home in a time when it was even more important than most of the Iraq stuff. Here is what I am going to be posting at these sites:

"Some people might consider all this "stay the course" and other Iraq war talk debatable. But, when you look at how this administration handled Katrina and the Gulf coast it becomes very clear how incompetent they are at governing and taking care of the real important issues. The issues at home. More than 750,000 people lost their homes. Many of them still have no relief and the billions spent on recovery was mostly sucked up by Halliburton and other middle companies that were not from the devastated areas. Small businesses that were ruined in the disaster areas have not received the relief they were promised. Why should Halliburton and other cozy companies, receive the lion's share of relief dollars? Why were people left stranded for days?
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The biggest thing these guys want to do right now is steer the national debates away from this foul up. lets not let them do this. You guys should go to these web-sites and help keep these important issues alive in these discussions. Speak up New Orleans! Call in on these national radio shows and ask the question "Why aren't we talking about Katrina, Fema, and Global warming?"
 
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