PA City Defies Court Order; Reduces Police Officers, Firefighters' Pay To Minimum Wage | ThinkProgress The above article is about Scranton, PA, slashing pay for cops and firemen to minimum wage. Thats right, making the same as the fry cook at Burger King. BUT, the point is this, in that story: "Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll. In the case of Scranton, such aid may have helped the city actually pay its workers a living wage " The GOP, which once supported cops almost as much as they support the troops, have turned on cops and firemen....harshly. They preach "national defense". They'd spend any amount of money to protect the US and it's citizens.......as long as that money goes through a defense contractor or to the military, but GOD FORBID sending aid to the cops and firemen who are directly, literally, protecting our asses day to day on our streets and in hour businesses. Lots of cops and firemen across the country have been badly hurt, or laid off, while the GOP did two things: - Block aid for them - Support more spending on federal law enforcement and military So, in an ironic twist, the GOP supported more money for the FEDERAL means of protecting us, but blocked aid for the LOCAL means of protecting us............all while campaigning on sending more tax money BACK to the states and cities rather than the Federal Govt, while blocking an effort to do JUST THAT in aiding our local public safety personnel. It'd be comical if it weren't so sadly true.