Well, I have to say that you are the bigger cry baby than most right wing pundits on these pages. You can't get a good job so you bash the ones that can. My point is that I have worked hard to get where I am and I have gotten there by working hard. My GI Bill was earned by my service to my country. See I made about 400.00 a month, the other 300.00 I made went to savings bonds, in the serivce of my country with the knowledge that I would be paid about 500.00 at some future point to go to college. So you see, I PLAN ahead. I know that the stereo system or whatever the other men in my platoon spent their money on was not as important that saving for the future. I did that on my own, it's called responsibility."Boo Hoo." Your chosen moniker is exactly the kind of public employee entitlement mindset that I was talking about. Commenting on a busy restaurant parking lot as proof of private sector wellness is laughable. I'd wager that most of those patrons are state employees anyway, taking time off from demanding moremoremore at the statehouse. But I digress.
The 4 CPD positions were for dispatchers, and yes, Boo, there were *more* than 2700 applicants for them. If you want to talk about open spots for CPD officers, I'll refer you to the 40-page wait list of people trying to get in.
By the way, if you got a GI Bill then you did not pay your own way through college. It's just another form of taxpayer support. That isn't to say our military doesn't earn it, but it is what it is nonetheless. You've essentially gone your entire adult life in one form or another of the public sector. I'm not saying that's a bad thing necessarily, but explains why don't know how it is out here.
Finally, that you are ABLE to put money towards your retirement illustrates how much better off you are than most. You're ABLE to "sign up" for extra hours. That's great for you and your family, but remember that situations like yours are the exception, not the rule. Most people are struggling just to stay in their homes, and don't have the luxury of thinking about retirement. Don't you dare make light of that suffering.
And as far as knowing what it is like out there, I deal with "it" everyday. I know what poverty is, I work in "it" evertyday. I see what bad choices people make, the lack of vision for the future, which steeles my resolve to PLAN for mine. I don't make light of anyone's suffering, I know what people are capable of when they think that they are out of options. You are the one who needs to come to reality. You think that the whole mess the state is in is because of people like me. What about the people who allowed the banks to profit on mortages that they knew people couldn't pay for? Aren't the banks, the ones we the tax payers bailed out, culpable? What about wall street, of which your boy Kasuck worked, lenders, builder, realtors, credit card lenders? Think that they may have caused this mess? Nope, it's the city and state workers. What about the democratic congress, lead by Barney Frank, who told Freddie and Franie Mack, to lend to more people? Then Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, directs the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to buy up loans that are facing foreclosure.
Unlike you, I don't expect others to feel bad for me or take care of me. I live within my means. I do know what it is like to eat Ramen noodles and hot dogs, I did it. I worked 30-40 hours, at 3 part time jobs, while taking a full course load through college. I lived on my own since I was 18, no one gave me a full ride. You need to quit thinking that you are a conservative, you seem to want other people to take care of you. When you see people doing what they are supposed to do, paying their own way, you think that they are getting over on you and you want to take from them. Don't look now, but that is pretty socialist of you. What would the other tea partiers think?