Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Now Florida Firefighters refusing to contribute to their own pension.

Unions are not smart when it comes to public image.
Firefighters rescuing politicians out to give them a pay cut?

That’s part of the message in a TV ad running in the Tallahassee market launched this week by the Florida Professional Firefighters association.

“We’re fighting back – just like we fight to protect you,” a basso announcer says as firefighters combat blazes and rescue car crash victims.

The firefighters are among the unions fighting Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal that they contribute 5% of their salaries towards their retirement. That would split their pensions costs with state and local governments that now pay 100% of workers’ pensions.

Wisconsin Police and Firefighters now threatening businesses.

What is interesting here is will the cops and firefighters do a slow go if these businesses need them in case of a crime or rescue mission? This is the end result of unions where services paid by all taxpayers choose sides for their own greed. Wisconsin Police and Firefighters and their unions are no better than your typical mob gang.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(NYTIMES) How Obama's hopes for Tampa-Orlando High Speed Train Collapsed

If we had ANY real media in this godforsaken state, this would have been done before to show how dumb it was to try and build a High Speed line from Tampa to Orlando.

The Tampa-to-Orlando route had obvious drawbacks: It would have linked two cities that are virtually unnavigable without cars, and that are so close that the new train would have been little faster than driving. But the Obama administration chose it anyway because it was seen as the line that could be built first. Florida had already done much of the planning, gotten many of the necessary permits and owned most of the land that would be needed.
. . . Tampa and Orlando are only 84 miles apart, generally considered too close for high-speed rail to make sense. The train trip, with many stops along the way, would have shaved only around a half-hour off the drive. Since there are no commercial flights between the two cities, the new line would not have lured away fliers or freed up landing slots at the busy airports. And neither Tampa nor Orlando has many public transportation options. So the question arose: Could riders be persuaded to leave their cars behind and buy tickets to places where they would still probably need cars?

. . . The Department of Transportation did not have that many options. Only two states, Florida and California, were deemed far enough along in their planning to receive money for building actual bullet trains -- trains that can travel more than 150 miles an hour, on tracks of their own that are not shared with other trains.

As pointed out by the Atlantic, the only reason for this stupidity wasn't because it was needed but because it was convenient.