Thursday, June 5, 2014
How Many Do They Need Anyway?
As I was running around Tuesday getting the grass mowed around the bee hives and the house we own in town caught up I went over to pick a few things up from the store. It was extremely warm by that time climbing up into the lower 90's and I know I had to take a couple of breaks while mowing to cool off in the shade. Usually I stop maybe once halfway through but I think I stopped about four times this go around.
As I exited the store there was a guy who had collapsed from the heat laying across the bench right outside the door. He had a couple of people helping him already, no reason for me to get involved and someone came scurrying out behind me with a bottle of water for him as well. I heard another man say that he had called an ambulance and they were on their way.
By the time I made it out to my truck with my groceries the emergency vehicles began to arrive. First one complete fire truck, then another, followed by an ambulance, then the local PD arrived in two separate vehicles.
Now I may not vote in this town/city but I sure as hell pay property taxes here (ok the wife pays em but still) and I am constantly hearing about how these departments need more money for this, extra funds for that, put a new tax initiative on the ballot please.... Please sir we would like some more...
Yet they send five vehicles and who knows how many people to a simple case of heat exhaustion?
This is a prime example of miss management of our tax money and bloated government. If these departments have enough staff and extra resources to send that many vehicles and people to a simple heat exhaustion call then something is wrong. I don't know about the ambulance crew, they may have been a privately funded operation from the local hospital or they may have been county, I wasn't close enough to see, but still there were at least twelve publicly paid employees on that scene before I pulled out of the parking lot and two large fuel guzzling vehicles.
I am sorry but I have a hard time opening my wallet and paying for that kind of over staffed waste.
Of course questioning such waste places one in the position of virtual Tea Partier. Instead of wanting dirty air and water you want to let people die and houses to burn down. Someone somewhere can come up with any number of fantasy scenarios where if the local departments didn't have that many people they couldn't respond to every conceivable emergency that might happen. Those scenarios in the same vein as why the county sheriff department needs a MRAPS for serving warrants I am sure.
I am quite sure there are plenty of people out there who feel it is so much better for cities to be over staffed in such ways. Fine. But I tell ya what. How about you stop letting those who rent or don't own property vote to raise my property taxes to pay for something they think is nice to have but not truly needed 99% of the time. Why sure those who don't pay the actual property tax increases are fine with such moves, why wouldn't they be it's all gain for them with no cost, or so they think. Wait until their rent goes up a bit.
Mob rule Democracy at it's finest and a good sign why we are in the mess we are in.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!