The immediate future doesn't look bright for firefighters across the nation. Yesterday afternoon several cities and counties, including Montgomery County, Maryland, announced they were going to take measures to reduce their budgets by eliminating firefighter positions or using unpaid furloughs. One of the issues is how public service workers are being perceived. Many people seem to be upset over pensions and what some call a sense of entitlement by government workers, including public safety. Public safety is a far cry from workers in government who never place their lives on the line. Yet, to the dismay of firefighters, some in the public are angry at all who work for government.
One item passed around from The American Thinker states:
Public "servants" are a different problem. They live in their own insulated world, divorced from the realities of markets. For too many years they have only seen their numbers expand and salaries increase. To believe that either group will accept what's coming graciously is the height of naiveté.