As I mentioned before, I am a fan of the blog Shakesville. She is extremely fond of her pets, so she posted a picture of firefighter saving a dog’s life by giving him mouth-to-snout resuscitation. Yes, not only did fire fighters pull this dog out of a burning home, they went the extra mile and gave him CPR. Why did they do so much for just a dog? Because firefighters rock and are awesome, that’s why.
As serendipity would have it, someone on Facebook posted a picture of a firefighter saving a kitten and pointed out that the firefighter deserves the same salary as a senator.
I would argue he deserves more, but let’s start with a senator’s income, shall we?
A United States senator makes $174,000 a year. That’s in the top 5% of all earners. A senator makes more than 95% of his fellow Americans for the arduous job of eating expensive lunches that lobbyists pay for and failing to do anything to help Americans through this economic nightmare. Nice work if you can get it.
A firefighter makes, on average $44,260 a year. That’s about 1/4 of what a senator makes. Firefighters save lives, property, pets, forests, and they have one of the highest mortality rates of any job in America. They risk their lives every day to help others. When is the last time you saw a senator save anything that wasn’t a bank or a defense contractor? When is the last time you saw a senator bravely step up to help the citizens he represents, let alone risk his life for even one of them?
Meanwhile, colossal asshat Mitch McConnell, the Minority Whip of the US senate, and thus the recipient of more than $190,000 a year in salary to pad his more than $32 MILLION personal fortune, thinks that state layoffs of firefighters (& cops & teachers) are not his problem.
McConnell is adamant the government should not “be raising taxes on 300,000 small businesses in order to send money down to bail out states for whom firefighters and police work. They’re local and state employees.” Of course, the taxes would only be raised if the “small businesses” generated their owners a net, not gross, income of a MILLLION or more a year, but better that firefighters get the boot than a millionaire be taxed, by gum.
So, is he concerned that 75% of Americans wanted him to pass the jobs bill that would have given money to states to hire or retain firefighters (and police and teachers)? Nope. McConnell may be Baptist by attendance, but Mammon has been very good to him, and he will continue to worship it and hold it dearer to his heart than the people he has sworn to serve.
And I haven’t even waxed poetic on the wealth his second wife’s family brought to him, and how that influences his voting record on “free” trade.
Mitch McConnell, a wankstain of humongous proportions, is unworthy to lick the sooty boots of firefighters. All his money cannot change the simple fact he is vile excuse for a semi-human.