pittsburgh probably isnt any more screwed up than alot of american cities but its still screwed up and heres some reasons why. the city is in financial trouble and has been for awhile. some reasons for that are.....
1. our former mayor tom murphy. he bought the last election (the last i heard the government was looking into tom on this) by giving certain unions great contracts. the firemen in this city have what amounts to a no-cut contract. while the police have had to lay off officers and beg men to take an early retirement the firemen have no worries.
2. overtime. due to understaffing because of hiring freezes and some alledged shady dealings the city is paying out a bundle in overtime. the city charter says that the mayor is supposed to be the highest paid employee but last year our mayor was the 143rd highest paid employee.
the new mayor seems to want to fix this problem. its better to have two people making 50k than one making 100k. i tend to agree. lets hope he can do it. this is the other end of the union spectrum. i believe in unions because it protects wages and jobs. without unions we would all be working at wal-mart for minimum wage. without unions companies would just screw the worker without any fear of backlash. why do you think wal-mart closed a store in canada as soon as a pro-union vote was taken but then unions go overboard like the firemen in this city. dont get me wrong i think firemen do a wonderful job. its a tough vocation that i wouldnt want to do and we should all thank god every day that there are men willing to run into a burning building to save us but their union sold out the city and the other unions (see the police).
ok, i've ranted enough for one day...get to work.