Lately, the firehouse a quarter of a mile from my home has been surrounded by signs reading "YOUR LOCAL FIREHOUSE MAY CLOSE" and listing the mayor's office phone number. Two years after the last big budget battle, there's another proposed budget cut which will affect the Yonkers Fire Department.
Of course, there are some who see no value in a large, well-organized, well-funded government workforce. Of course, these anti-government types aren't kitted out in turnout gear and humping Scott Air-Paks while fighting three-alarm fires. Time to ditch the stupid talking points, cuts in the government workforce have real-world implications, and real lives are at stake if "austerity" measures are taken so fatcats can keep their tax cuts.
UPDATE: To add injury to insult, this denigration of government workers is taking place as massive wildfires rage in the western U.S.