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PhinPhan1227
06-28-2004, 02:04 PM
Not if it means pi$$ing off one of my Special Interest groups!! Could this move MORE typify John Kerry?


Kerry declines to cross picket line
Police union applauds the move, Boston mayor decries it
Monday, June 28, 2004 Posted: 12:01 PM EDT (1601 GMT)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Sunday canceled an appearance at the U.S. Conference of Mayors rather than cross a promised police union picket line at the event.

"I don't cross picket lines. I never have," Kerry said as he left Mass Sunday night at Our Lady of Good Voyage chapel in South Boston.

His decision came hours after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called on Kerry to attend, calling the conference "an important event for urban America," and saying the pickets set up by the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association and other union members did not constitute a legitimate picket line.

Menino has been locked in a battle with several city unions over unsettled contracts.

"We know that people on both sides have been working in good faith to resolve the situation, and we hope that they will redouble their efforts to find a resolution," said Kerry campaign spokesman David Wade.

Menino said that he spoke with Kerry on Sunday evening, and that he was "very, very disappointed" with Kerry's decision.

"I would think that he would come and talk to the mayors who are making a difference in America everyday, who are on the front lines of the issues that face working people," Menino said.

"We're very proud of the senator and his stand," said Jim Barry, a spokesman for the police union.

Mayoral reactions
Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick said he was disappointed and angry.

"This was the opportunity for Sen. John Kerry to give a message for how he's going to help mayors and cities," Kilpatrick said. "I'm concerned whether he's going to support the mayors of this country in delivering for their citizens."

Conference President James A. Garner, mayor of Hempstead, New York, said in a statement released early Monday that the mayors are disappointed, and hoped to meet with Kerry soon to discuss issues facing American cities.

More than 200 mayors are attending the conference, a nonpartisan organization that brings together mayors from cities with populations of more than 30,000.

BigFinFan
06-28-2004, 02:50 PM
Kerry is a TOOL!

genx23
06-28-2004, 02:51 PM
Not that I care, hell, I'm not even American, but isn't it a good thing that he's sticking to his principles?

PhinPhan1227
06-28-2004, 04:07 PM
Not that I care, hell, I'm not even American, but isn't it a good thing that he's sticking to his principles?

How is that sticking to his principles? Are ALL strikes automatically justified? The Unions are ALWAYS in the right? What about the principle of making America a better place? Fixing all of Bush's "mistakes"?

Mr.Murder
06-28-2004, 04:39 PM
Police are getting less pay and over extended thanks to Bush tax cuts. Your head is in the clouds or up your *** you have not seen what the tax cuts for the richest did to state revenues.

Law enforcement has enough stress , having to work ridiculous hours or take a second job to raise a family for someone who is a public servant is BS. Suppose you would rather them write tickets for everyone driving 3.5 miles over the limit to cover payroll rather than investigate crime and help be a visible community presence to help prevent it?

Shift change time at the district, got to get in three more speeding tickets to meet payroll, bbl...

ltfinfan
06-28-2004, 05:26 PM
Police are getting less pay and over extended thanks to Bush tax cuts. Your head is in the clouds or up your *** you have not seen what the tax cuts for the richest did to state revenues.

Law enforcement has enough stress , having to work ridiculous hours or take a second job to raise a family for someone who is a public servant is BS. Suppose you would rather them write tickets for everyone driving 3.5 miles over the limit to cover payroll rather than investigate crime and help be a visible community presence to help prevent it?

Shift change time at the district, got to get in three more speeding tickets to meet payroll, bbl...

yeah god forbid we get to keep our own money :shakeno:

PhinPhan1227
06-28-2004, 05:53 PM
Police are getting less pay and over extended thanks to Bush tax cuts. Your head is in the clouds or up your *** you have not seen what the tax cuts for the richest did to state revenues.

Law enforcement has enough stress , having to work ridiculous hours or take a second job to raise a family for someone who is a public servant is BS. Suppose you would rather them write tickets for everyone driving 3.5 miles over the limit to cover payroll rather than investigate crime and help be a visible community presence to help prevent it?

Shift change time at the district, got to get in three more speeding tickets to meet payroll, bbl...


Last time I checked, municipal police should be and ARE paid with municipal funds. Same for County and State cops. Perhaps you could argue that State police are being impacted, but since when is the city of Athens Georgia recieving Federal tax money? This was a meeting of Mayors Skippy...Municipal cops are protesting. The President has nothing to do with their quality of life. God man, read a freaking Civics book!!

Mr.Murder
06-28-2004, 06:32 PM
Federal funds allocated states being curtailed/appropriated elsewhere are a sizeable part of state revenues... it is pinching every aspect of govenrment at the municipal level. obviously you only read books and have never dealt with people in government at that level...

ohall
06-28-2004, 07:31 PM
Not that I care, hell, I'm not even American, but isn't it a good thing that he's sticking to his principles?

If he had any other than that his principles could be totally different on any given day. That's his only principle, whatever the polls tell him to support that's what he'll support.

Oliver...

ohall
06-28-2004, 07:33 PM
Last time I checked, municipal police should be and ARE paid with municipal funds. Same for County and State cops. Perhaps you could argue that State police are being impacted, but since when is the city of Athens Georgia recieving Federal tax money? This was a meeting of Mayors Skippy...Municipal cops are protesting. The President has nothing to do with their quality of life. God man, read a freaking Civics book!!

Shhh, the truth has no place in this THREAD! :cooldude:

Oliver...

PhinPhan1227
06-28-2004, 08:08 PM
Federal funds allocated states being curtailed/appropriated elsewhere are a sizeable part of state revenues... it is pinching every aspect of govenrment at the municipal level. obviously you only read books and have never dealt with people in government at that level...


Federal funds have no place in making up a sizable chunk of states operating revinues. My income taxes are fine if used to create an interstate highway through Nevada, or to help with a port in San Diego, but when they become so blaoted that without them Philadelphia can't pay their police departments, things have gotten out of control. I know you're looking for the Socialist Utopia Murder, but that's not how our country is suppossed to work. States internal issues are just that...internal. If they can't afford them they need to cut back.