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The city of Camden, New Jersey has laid off almost 50% of its police officers. The city is one of the most crime-ridden in the nation so this “get the government off our back” action should play out just about how you would expect. I have a few question of my own here. First, I’d love to know how many of those 160 laid off policemen voted Republican or support the teabaggers. Then you have to remember that these guys have been trained in weaponry and police tactics. They aren’t going to find other police jobs elsewhere as most places are suffering from this same anti-government lunacy so you have to wonder how many will find work in the criminal sector in Camden. It’s not like there are many decent jobs to be had for America’s middle class. Jobs that start near the bottom and go nowhere seem to be about all this economy is producing, according to labor statistics.
Ronald Reagan’s dream is finally coming to full fruition. And Grover Norquist who once said, "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub," should now have the honors of drowning a ceremonial baby called Camden. This is all great news if your vision for America looks like The Road Warrior and terrible news for the rest of humanity. Camden is also shit-canning a bunch of fireman just to add a little more spice to the volatile stew they are cooking up.
All of this fun is the result of the rich refusing to pay more taxes. This comes at a time when the wealthiest Americans are fucking cleaning up financially while the middle class has slipped quietly into the status of working poor—if they are lucky enough to be working. Average tax savings for the richest assholes in the country is something like $350,000. This isn’t how much they will make this year but how much they will save on taxes. I’d say we were ready for another French-style revolution but I think we will probably have to pass through a new Dark Ages to become enlightened enough to even blame the rich for this mess. Meanwhile, the wealthiest Americans are using tax payer money to build up security companies like Blackwater to protect them if the poor ever get wise enough to get pissed off.