This article was published 12/21/17 and updated 7/15/19.
Cops blast Mayor DeBlasio
A group of New York policemen followed Mayor DeBlasio to Iowa and demonstrated against him. They wanted to show the Iowans that DeBlasio wasn’t a real Progressive – he didn’t give the cops a raise in over three years – that’s no Progressive.
Never mind that when DeBlasio took office he gave the cops, the teachers, and many other civil servants basically everything they wanted – after around 15 years of no contracts under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, who wouldn’t give into the unreasonable demands of the unions, at the expense and the well-being of the City. Now policemen start making over $100,000 a year, which includes benefits (which is never included when cops complain they are making too little for “risking their lives every day.”)
Consider the math: Cops start at around $35,000 a year, go up to around $50,000 after 5 years, and often retire at over $80,000 a year. They get half their income in retirement after 20 years. This amounts to $40,000 a year in retirement benefits (at age aground 45!). If they live the average male life span of 75 years, they will collect around $1.2 million ($40,000 times 30 years). Divide the 20 years that they worked into $1.2 million, and their retirement benefits are at least $60,000 a year for every year they worked. Thus, they started working at at $95,000 (including retirement benefits). The end up making $140,000 a year after 20 years.
This doesn’t include health, including dental, care for them and their spouses for life, as well as 2/3 of their yearly income in retirement if they claim disability at any time, which many of them do.
Meanwhile taxpayers work their asses off to pay these salaries, but the cops want more….and more. And don’t dare complain, they will have a slowdown in law enforcement and you will be called “anti-cop.”
Welcome to the public employment con, where public employees make around 25% more that private employees, who pay their salaries.
What ever happened to democracy?
The UN voted 128 to 9 that the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is “null and void.”
The members that voted represent the vast majority of the world’s population. We denounced the vote. And now Nikki Haley is having a New Year’s Eve party and guess who is not invited? Also, President Trump is threatening to pull financial aid away from all those who voted against us. Mohmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine, is not saying that he will not look to the U.S. to be a broker any longer. They will now look to Russia.
Whatever happened to democracy?
The main goal of RG’s political platform is to eventually establish a limited world government based on democracy and basic countries’ rights, not unlike the early Confederacy of the U.S. We have a choice: world government or world destruction.
Ask any college student: is Trump’s decision a rational international political strategy?
Law hits the dust
Cardinal Bernard Law died on December 20, 2018, in Rome. A Nobel and successful career of his was disgraced by the fact that he ignored and enabled numerous priests to molest children during his reign as Cardinal of Boston.
The main victim in which he was found guilty of was Mark Kean who was molested by Father John Geogham, who had molested children from 1962 to 1993 and who had been moved by the Boston church from parish to parish, where he worked with children and who had not been told about his past.
Law did not break any laws, because the Massachusetts’s law did not require people to report priests who abused children. That law was repealed in 2002.
58 priests who asked for Law’s resignation – priests who had taken the oath to obey their direct superiors (the Church is a spiritual monarchy – with Jesus as the King of Kings). After is resignation, Law went to Rome where he continued to be an influential Cardinal under Pope John II. That wouldn’t happen today.
I recently went to Quebec and Ireland. Both of these very Catholic countries basically threw out the Church in the last generation. The secularization of the modern world is one cause of this, but another cause is that the Church lost some of its spiritual authority due to these scandals.
One of the Church’s claims to spiritual authority is that they are the one true Church and that the Church’s leaders cannot err in the realm of morality and values.
Well, Cardinal Law and his cohorts put a dent into that belief. Child abuse is now considered the most serious of sins among most of Catholics. If the leaders can’t discern that it is wrong to allow child abuse to happen, and even enable it, how much spiritual discernment do they have? Many ordinary Catholics felt that they had better moral discernment than some of the leaders of their Church. For these Catholics it was “good-by to moral authority.”
(Jean-Paul DeCaussade says that whatever happens is the best thing that could happen. Perhaps this disillusionment with moral authority of Church leaders will result in ordinary Catholics to take more responsibility for deciding what is right and what is wrong – what is true and what is false. It also may lead to a more accurate perception of the Church. Instead of an idealistic, inauthentic perception that the Church is perfect and morally pure, one can perceive the Church as both a human and divine Church, one that is led by imperfect people and that has imperfect people as members, but also a Church that is in touch with the divine.
This article is not to knock the authentic spiritual authority of the Church, its spiritual leadership of one billion Catholics, and the work of around a million Church leaders. It’s just to point out the hit the Church took from the imperfections among some of its leaders.