Yesterday, The Mayor of Scranton, Mr. Courtirght, claimed to have reached what he describes as a breakthrough or “huge step forward” regarding Scranton’s financial situation which is in dire straits.(here) This presents a clear case that the Mayor of Scranton, Mr. Courtright, and his administration are financially illiterate. Of course, it goes without saying that any high government official in Scranton that claims that the Scranton is not malignantly corrupt is either a liar or delusional. We really do need to question why a horrible deal that we would never be made by anyone with sense in the private sector is being touted as an achievement by the Courtright administration. It is almost as if competence and professionalism means absolutely nothing to the government of Scranton. This “breakthrough” is a farce and an intellectual offense. No one who has any financial sense would take it seriously. Scrantonians are expected to be happy that Mayor Courtright saved the city 4 million dollars because the city was expected to pay 35 million. Why?
By The Numbers
For those who are just tuning in to the travesty that is Scranton’s financial situation, let us brief you on some key points regarding Scranton’s deteriorating finances.
- The city is completely broke and maintains a credit rating below junk. No one sane will lend them money.
- The city ran out of money as recent as 2013 where the then Mayor, Mayor Dougherty, moved to have all current government employees to work for minimum wage. (here)
- The unions representing the government employees took the broke Scranton government to court and won a settlement by having a Judge- in the pocket of the unions- rule in favor of the unions. This is despite the reality that the Scranton government has no money
- Thus, in addition to having a pension that is underfunded 80%, a staggering long-term debt of over 350 million, the Scranton government was on the line for 31 million dollars.(here)
The political machine, or “confederate of dunces” in control in Scranton like to use blue-collar/working class values as a way to shroud deceit, treachery, corruption, greed and theft. The government functions like a despotic regime but doesn’t nearly provide any services to justify all their outrageous taxes and fees as a look at this city in ruins clearly demonstrate. The reason why the pensions are underfunded is because the money that was supposed to go to the pension was pocketed by government employees and friends. The budget allocates 80% of the budget to government employee compensation.(here) Furthermore, it is customary for police officer and fire fighters to make over 100,000 dollars through deceptive schemes regarding overtime payments. Furthermore, Mayor Courtright gives off this deceptive show of caring about anyone about the people who have him in pocket. Do we forget that 50% of retired police officers and 58% of fire fighters are on disabilities?(here) The Scranton government is a medieval system where sucking the blood of the Scranton people is the business of the day(here). The high handed contempt and disregard for the Scranton people as well as American values is atrocious and a scandal. Scranton is a city where there are no viable jobs, plummeting home values, blighted homes, high crimes, swarming with drugs, crumbling infrastructure, broken roads, boarded up businesses and the only viable industry is the government robbing residents through high taxes so that government employees can earn six figures on top their free healthcare and lifetime pension benefits!
Wake Up Call
Who do you think is bankrolling this preposterous situation? That’s right, the Scranton people! The Scranton people have to suffer the indignity of living in the unhappiest city in America and having little in the way of amenities or prospects (here). In addition, they have to bankroll this inept failure of a government? Why should the people have to pay these ridiculous taxes and fees when the city is a complete and utter failure!!! The people deserve a refund and if the government needs to make money it should do what everyone else does, cut cost!!! When the Scranton government raises taxes on the poor and the old, the poor and old have to cut cost to pay for these monstrous taxes. Why can’t the Scranton government do the same? Why can’t Scranton government employees do the same? There is absolutely no fairness in Scranton(here). All the concessions are one-sided and that is ludicrous! Selfishness is selfishness and it doesn’t matter if it is being exhibited by a union or a big corporation. The Scranton government should be doing right by those who keep the lights on- the people of Scranton. Where is their relief!?