TC: What do you think about what [Mitt Romney] said about “teachers, firemen, and police?”
[Joy Behar]: What did he say? Tell me what he said.
TC: He mocked the President for wanting to hire more teachers, police, and firemen, and said “Didn’t he get the message of Wisconsin that people don’t want more big government?
JB: That’s an idiotic statement! Can I just say that?
JB: I mean, if I could see his house burn, one of his million houses burning down, who is he going to call, the Mormon fire patrol?
TC: Is that a thing?
JB: You know what I mean? Come on! What am I supposed to do if my apartment gets caught on fire? Am I gonna call Mitt Romney to come and put it out? See what I mean?
Evidently, Current TV is trying to expand its potential audience by appealed to the psuedo-intellects by bringing on one of The View's own harpies, Joy Behar. I think she would be termed a "low comedian" in classic vaudeville, only instead of a clown nose and a squirting flower, she just says fuck a lot for the laughs.
But this exchange made we think about how sacrosanct the triad of teachers, police, and firefighters has become.
Joy Behar claims to be an "informed American citizen" but likely she only "heard" about the recall in Wisconsin, probably thinking that Walker's status as a Republican was reason enough to recall him. The recall was initiated by the public employee unions, since they - okay, actually the union bosses - did not like the reform that Walker brought to the state. I say the union bosses because when Walker made union dues voluntary, contributions by members dropped by over a half. As America's official stand up comic, Joe Biden, would say, that's a big fuckin' deal . . .
Obama does want more teachers, police, and firefighters - union teachers, police, and firefighters. After saying the public sector was "fine", Obama said the problem was that there was not enough hiring of government sector jobs. There are a helluva lot of "government sector jobs" but to put a face to them, the Holy Trinity was summoned: teachers, police, and firefighters. Because, after all, who can hate them? They are a liberal's wet dream . . . well, unless the liberals are protesting something, and they block traffic, and the police tells them to move, and they refuse, and the police use force to clear the roadway, at which point the police are just brutal Nazis looking for Black men to kill.
Romney is speaking to the increase in government hiring, and not picking on the poor teachers, police, and firefighters. And the message of Wisconsin was that no one says they are unappreciative of the work that teachers, police, and firefighters are doing, but when the economy is bad, and their unions are striking sweetheart deals with politicians for lifetime benefits and guaranteed rate of return on their pensions (which, if the market cannot provide, the taxpayers must, just ask California) - yeah, we need less of that.
|And teachers who do not know English grammar, yeah, we need less of those|
What is funny is Behar's statement: What am I supposed to do if my apartment gets caught on fire? Am I gonna call Mitt Romney to come and put it out? See what I mean? And yet, as shown with Obama's "Life of Julia" campaign, someone like Behar is quite content to see people call the government for help in every pain that befalls them.