I know - what a shock!
Last week, I had several people comment on a Forbes article I published on this blog entitled "The Millionaire Cop Next Door". The article was mainly talking about how the salaries, benefits, and pensions of cops would translate into staggering salaries for us common mortals who are still employed by private businesses rather than the federal government. The article also made this connection about all government workers, although the main emphasis was police.
Of course, there were comments telling me that such is not the case everywhere, and not for other government workers such as fire fighters, military, and teachers. True, these branches do not have to offer the same benefits as police departments, because there is always an abundance of people wanting to get into those jobs, while the police is always growing, and always on the prowl to hire more little robots. They'll take every Tom, Dick and Harry and give them insane benefits to boot.
You can dispute that, but I won't publish your comment, because you are wrong. Case in point the local news tonight (emphasis mine):
Assistant Chandler Police Chief Dave Lind would tell Chief Sherry Kiyler he had "things to do" or "errands to run." Then for months he would leave his office in the middle of work days to meet the wife of a motorcycle buddy at nearby hotels for [---], according to an internal investigation.
A 13-page internal investigation report obtained through a public records request details how the assistant chief socialized with the woman and her husband at motorcycle events and how their affair began last year after she confided in Lind that she thought her spouse was cheating.
The names of the couple were redacted from the report.
On April 22 the husband called Kiyler [police chief] to complain about Lind's conduct and a subsequent investigation led to Lind's two-week suspension without pay for "unbecoming conduct." He returned to work this week. Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Favazzo said the husband is not a Chandler police officer but he declined to identify the man or say whether he is an officer for another department. Records show the woman refused to be interviewed, hinting Lind may have used his high-ranking position to pursue the affair. "I'll use abuse of power as my general blanket statement," she told investigators.
A former Tempe police officer who retired from that department two years ago, Lind was hired as an assistant Chandler chief in December 2008; his annual salary is $146,071. He also is collecting a public safety retirement pension for his work in Tempe. [So he is probably getting paid a total of at least $200,000 per year to commit adultery on the clock, being paid for by hard-working citizens!!!]
"Lind believed that his meetings with (name redacted) were never at the expense of the department nor affected the ability for him to complete his duties," the report said. "However, the issue of unbecoming conduct relates to the issue of employees conducting themselves in a manner that will reflect favorably upon the police department."
Lind is the second Chandler police officer this year to come under fire for [---] conduct during work hours. In February Lt. Shawn Hawkins resigned in the middle of the investigation after a fellow employee accused him of "terrorizing" her and threatening to expose the salacious details of their relationship that included having [---] while at the police station.
Shawn Hancock, president of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association, said the police union is in contract negotiations and does not intend to make an issue of Lind's discipline. "He took his punishment, he's dealt with this, and as far as we're concerned it's over."
No, this guy gets a paid two-week vacation - he's just making a little less money during that time. My husband is self-employed, and any time he takes time off he makes no money. But no, not if you work for the great whore, our out-of-control government.
This assistant chief didn't even get demoted! How can any Chandler cop have respect for a superior like that and work for him? I guess with a woman as the police chief, these things ought not to surprise us. She is no more qualified to fill such a position of authority and leadership than my dishwasher is qualified to do laundry. It's not that she is worthless as a person - but she has completely missed her God-given calling and is meddling in an area that she is failing miserably in.
Tempe, the city in which I live, just raised the sales tax this month by about 1%, as did the state of Arizona, bringing our total sales tax to nearly 10% on goods and close to 2% on foods. They (Tempe as well as the state) said this was necessary to pay for two things: more police, and more money for schools.
And then some dirtbag cop like this wants to pull people over for rolling through a stop sign, while he is committing adultery with another man's wife. Disgusting! Their own life is totally wicked and messed up, and they want to make themselves feel good and righteous by imposing every little law and ordinance on others while themselves committing one of the few sins that the Bible punishes with capital punishment.
And then they wonder why nobody likes them, except for liberal Baptist and other pastors who want to kiss up to the government by "honoring local heroes" such as the police department during special Sundays at their churches.
Even Chandler PD's own website says:
"A police officer is a citizen who knowingly chooses to accept the responsibility of enforcing the laws of society with the purpose of ensuring the rights and safety of every citizen within the community [except the right of a married man to safely have his wife to himself]. This purpose requires officers to hold themselves steadfast to the great morals of mankind – honesty, integrity, justness, selflessness, and compassion are but a few. [Someone explain to me, which of these 'great morals' did the assistant chief exhibit?] Officers willingly subject themselves to the watchful eye and scrutiny of the community in order to maintain public trust and confidence. [And if they are a dishonest, shameful excuse of a cop, they still have a job, a fat paycheck, and a huge pension.]"
Did you know that most towns in America did not even have police departments one hundred years ago? And guess what - the crime rates were almost non-existent compared to today. And no town was spending in excess of $9000 per student per year to turn out illiterate, violent morons. Juvenile violence and delinquency was UNHEARD OF. But let's all keep feeding The Beast and turning our children over into the care of people with no conscience and no morals. Then when they grow up and become criminals, somebody worse than themselves will take them off to jail. And the rest of us who are not stupid, lazy, and immoral will have to keep working more and longer and harder to keep providing the tax money to feed this machinery of self-destruction.
Shame on you, City of Chandler, and Chandler Police Department!
Edited to add: I realize that all human beings are sinners, and that adulterers and other perverts can be found in any profession, including pastors, teachers, and whatever else you want to think of. But there is one big difference to the police: None of these people have any authority over your physical body. You do not have to obey them. You do not have to go to church, put your kids in school, or otherwise expose yourself to such scumbags.
Such is not the case with police. You MUST obey them, and they are lurking up and down every street, lying in wait to harass citizens for petty offenses to bolster city coffers. When you really need help, you are not allowed to defend yourself, you have to call them and then wait 20 minutes for one to show up SCARED after you called 911 to report someone breaking into your back yard and trying to get in the back door (personal experience).
Police departments put too much power in the hands of a few sinful humans. Because of this, the profession as a whole attracts an unusually high percentage of people who are crazy and perverted and thriving on this kind of undeserved authority and power. The same is true for teachers and pastors, both of which have high numbers of perverts in positions of authority. But thankfully, you get to chose where to go to church, and have the freedom to leave at any time.
I don't get to pick if and when I get pulled over because some pervert thinks he saw me change lanes without signaling long enough first. That reminds me of a story that a lady, who was married to a Highway Patrolman, told me about how she met her husband. I have been meaning to tell the story on here because it is so bizarre and perverted, but for now I'll just tell you it started with him pulling her over for absolutely nothing (and not even claiming that she had done anything wrong). Story to be continued...