Here is my City Journal piece reprinted in the Los Angeles Times today, in which I question the bureaucratic non-responses that are increasingly common in union-dominated public-safety professions. On the radio earlier this week, the Armstrong and Getty talk-show hosts featured many callers who talked about similar situations now that some police agencies have warned that they don't have the budget to respond to anything other than violent crimes or crimes in progress. Don't expect to see any calls from those departments for pension reform or contracting out, for instance, which would enable them to stretch their dollars. This is government -- it spends like crazy and then cuts back services to the public when the funds dry up. I explore this issue more deeply in my upcoming newspaper column.
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