ALL HAIL CHRIS CHRISTIE – THE NEW ED RENDELL!

For the record- ED RENDELL (D) DESTROYED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC WORKERS IN PHILADELPHIA 15 YEARS AGO WHEN HE HAD THE PICA LAW PASSED IN PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS HAILED AS A HERO BY THE LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA AT THE TIME FOR “GETTING SPENDING UNDER CONTROL”. Al Gore called him “Americas Mayor”.

Ed Rendell was Chris Christie, and Scott Walker long before these guys were in office. Michael Nutter has tried to BREAK THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION IN PHILADELPHIA. That is UNPRECEDENTED! Yet where is the occupation of Philadelphia city hall? Where is the national media painting a picture of our plight? Nowhere! Instead we are portrayed as greedy overtime whores while fire companies close and kids die. Pretty disgusting stuff. Read this excerpt:

“He believed very strongly that he could make a difference in Philadelphia,” says David Cohen, Rendell’s chief of staff. “But it wasn’t an easy decision to make. The press had written his political obituary in 1990. If he was mentioned at all, it was in the ‘washed-up’ category, not the I it ‘shining lights’ category.”

But what Philadelphia residents needed was tough love, and Rendell was the only candidate in 1991 to give it to them. “I was determined to tell people what I planned to do,” he told the New York Times. “If they didn’t want it, I was reconciled to not winning.”

His 68-percent-of-the-vote victory was all the validation he needed. Rendell set about his economic fix with the zeal of one given a last shot at immortality. He slashed spending to the bone, eliminated nearly 1,500 city jobs (7 percent of the workforce) and instituted one of the most massive competitive contracting programs the country has ever seen. So far, the city has subjected 37 different city services, including custodial work, maintenance services and security at its art museum, to its competitive contracting program. Thirty-three of the services have been contracted out; four were won by the municipal workforce.

Additionally, when it looked like state funding for child welfare services might be cut, Rendell threatened to sue then-governor Bob Casey.

Most importantly, however, Rendell took on the unions. Less than a year into his first term, the mayor offered city workers a contract that would freeze wages for almost three years and cut benefits. “What he did was not easy,” Cohen says. “But not a single municipal worker got laid off, and there were no pay cuts. He cut benefits, but Philadelphia workers still have among the best pension and benefits plans in the country. I think the average municipal worker wasn’t that upset that he lost Flag Day as a holiday. In fact, it might have been embarrassing, being the only guy on the block who had Flag Day off.”

The unions, predictably, struck. Rendell fought back, taking his case to the citizens. Without public support, the strike lasted 16 hours. LINK

Let’s cross out Ed Rendell and replace it Chris Christie… anyone??? These two are so similiar it is scary right down to their weight issues. However their treatment by the media is ENTIRELY OPPOSITE. Go figure.

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7 Responses to ALL HAIL CHRIS CHRISTIE – THE NEW ED RENDELL!

  1. Randal Graves says:

    “But not a single municipal worker got laid off, and there were no pay cuts. He cut benefits, but Philadelphia workers still have among the best pension and benefits plans in the country.”

    – How is this a bad thing?

    • He DID cut pay. He did cut benefits. There are two sides to every story. Some municipal workers (cops and firefighters) are subject to things civilian workers are not. For example- no strike, residency requirements, restrictions on political activity to name a few. For that and in return WE have certain expectations, expectations that we FAIRLY bargained for under the laws that THESE politicians implemented.

      He took advantage of the strength of his position to destroy the two departments that are usually the most effective in order to transfer money to inefficient and mismanaged programs like PHA.

      We deal with the very issues that allow society to function and there is no comparison to what we do and what anyone else does. He treated us unfairly and circumvented the law yet the media held him up as a hero. Christie is doing the exact same thing and look how he is villified in the media.

      • Randal Graves says:

        I didn’t realize and don’t believe that Christie is being vilified. The stories I read and watch generally show him in a positive light trying to fix a broken state gov’t.

  2. bob (either orr) says:

    Great point, C/A, about Rendell and Christie. Except that Christie’s getting a few touches of love from the Lamestreamers because he’s pro-cap and tax and friendly with some Islamic radicals. Rendell is the ultimate crony capitalist. Who invented pay-to-play anyway?

  3. Wyatt Earp says:

    Randal – When I entered the police academy in 1994, the first thing they told us at orientation was that our salary was cut from $29,750/yr to $23,750/yr. Rendell balanced the city’s budget on the backs of police officers and firefighters.

    Okay, if he thought that’s what had to be done, fine. My major problem with him is that during his election run, he promised to make PPD officers the highest paid in the country – then cut our salaries by $6,000.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I have a great job. It’s a job I enjoy doing. The pay blows, (especially compared to other comparable departments) but our benefits are fantastic – even with our 300% raise in copay this year.

    My issue with Rendell is that he passes himself off as a friend of the police, when he treated us like garbage for 20 years.

  4. Wyatt Earp says:

    Oh, and for the record, I think Christie is no Rendell. Christie’s cuts (and Walker’s, for that matter) are necessary to save the state from financial ruin.

    Christie inherited a sh*tstorm, and to fix it, he has to do some unpopular things. At least he’s up front about it, instead of lying to people like Rendell did.

    • Wyatt- Rendell inherited a city that was in financial ruins as well. But that is SOLEY due to years of liberal programs and fiscal mismanagement by ONE PARTY and ONE PARTY ONLY. He was doing for the city what these governors are doing for their states. What galls me is that we would have negotiated with him and come to an amicable settlement. Instead he was intent on screwing us.

      Our pension program WAS completely re-done in 1987. (X- PLAN to PLAN 87)Yet here we are today facing YET ANOTHER PENSION CRISIS. They all act like we are just pigs at the trough. Is anyone talking about what it COST the average family to actually LIVE in Philly on a municipal salary? No. It’s due to the city’s mismanagement plain and simple.

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