RESPONSE TO CRITICISM:
“If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you” . . . Rudyard Kipling.
I won’t be bullied or intimidated by accusations, no matter from whom or where they come.
Some people were REALLY Offended by my Editorial Excoriating the Public Sector and the PRIVILEGED RIDE most of them have. And if I were them . . . I guess I’d be upset too, but I’d keep my mouth shut and not poke the PUBLIC bear.
One person who is a Fireman, was so incensed with my recent Editorial about the unfairness of the Public Sector, that he wrote a Scathing Email to me, because he figures he’s earned the Pension he will receive, along with all other people who are in the Emergency Services (Police, Fire, and Ambulance) Sector, because they put the safety of the people they serve, before themselves.
But that’s a job they chose. No one made them do it!
He was also upset that I lumped into the list of Public Sector Workers our respective MILITARIES (Canadian – USA), which wasn’t even close to the TRUTH, since I have CONSTANTLY pointed out how our mutual Militaries are underpaid, understaffed, under equipped, and under pensioned when they retire, that I have no idea what he was suggesting. And obviously neither did he.
But that’s the kind of obfuscation used by the LEFT.
AS IT WAS SAID IN HAMLET . . . “The lady dost protest too much, methinks”.
In the final chapter with him . . . he wrote a long and angry letter, telling me how WRONG I was, and how I MUST remove him from the Galganov Directory, and how he will NEVER read another BLOG written by anyone, and that I should NOT respond to his email, because he won’t read whatever I might send to him.
1 – He said how much I was wrong, but never said HOW or WHY I was wrong.
2 – If he was so smart, why couldn’t he remove himself from the Galganov Directory, especially since the UNREGISTER BUTTON is as obvious and accessible as possible?
3 – He didn’t have to let me know NOT to respond to his email. That was a given.
SO LET ME PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE:
Amongst the most dangerous jobs that make the largest contributions to society are Construction through Farming in the TOP TEN, without a mention of Police, Fire or EMS.
And even though many people will argue that I’m wrong, I know this for a FACT, since I have participated in Construction and Farming and have included STATISTICS supporting this TRUTH.
I have lots of friends who are Cops, and a few who are Fire Fighters, and I am happy for all of them that they will finish their careers with such great retirement packages, because they are friends . . .
BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT – IT IS NEITHER FAIR NOR RIGHT:
And as far as dangerous goes . . . Most of my Police Friends have never had to draw their guns in the line of duty, which doesn’t mean these men and women are without real risk. And most Fire Fighters spend long lengths of time before ever having to fight real burning INFERNOS, but that doesn’t mean that they too are not at risk.
BUT . . . SHOW UP TO ANY FARMING COMMUNITY – and see how many farmers are in the ER for injuries of all description on any given day. Or visit an ER where any Construction is underway, to see how tradesman and workmen are sacrificing themselves to have things built. Or check with Fishermen, who have the most dangerous job amongst all of them.
If it comes down to it . . . we can live without Police and Fire Fighters if we decide to protect ourselves, it will be somewhat more complicated, but we can cope.
But we cannot survive without FOOD & SHELTER. And one of my Firemen Friends, who also farms in the community where Anne and I recently lived, who was a neighbor of ours, flabbergasted me when he agreed with this argument. But then again, he’s a Conservative.
I don’t suggest that we would be better off without EVERY Public Sector Worker, or that EVERY Public Sector worker isn’t worth what he or she earns, especially Public Sector Workers who are not at the TOP of the Public Sector PC Food Chain.
And I also don’t suggest for a moment that these Public Sector Workers should work for FREE, and don’t work for what they earn, many really do, but many really don’t, and all of them should be earning on a PAR with what the Private Sector earns, opposed to being part of a PRIVILEGED CLASS, above and beyond the people in the Private Sector who pay their way.
So – what I am saying in as clear a voice as I can . . . is that the system is unfair and unsustainable. And if you're pissed-off at me for the statistics I quoted that I LINKED-TO in that recent editorial, these STATISTICS were not mine, but were part of the US Government and recognized Think Tanks.
PS – If you’re following the latest statistics of UNEMPLOYMENT in both of our countries, and eliminate the bogus numbers that are presented by our governments, unemployment and underemployment are going through the roof. And are nothing like the government says it is.
So . . . when the Candidates on the LEFT in particular, keep talking about the Rich Getting Richer and the Poor Getting Poorer, THAT IS BS. The Rich are indeed Getting Richer, while the Middle Class are Getting SLAMMED INTO POVERTY. While the government bureaucracy keeps on chugging-along.
Do you ever wonder why the most successful and happiest two cities and environ in North America . . . are Ottawa in Canada – and Washington DC in the USA?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov