What new chemicals are being picked that haven't been there for 50+ years and the lakes are still fine? The only "dead lakes" that I know of in the US became that way because of invasive species brought in from elsewhere that have no natural enemies.
Taking away jobs for the sake of "green" initiatives is a race to the bottom. A natural competition exists between all species. Take away the jobs, how are people supposed to live?
The welfare state is a race to the bottom. Personally, cutting Fire wouldn't affect me. I live in places that only have volunteer fire departments, not government funded ones. As far as Police go, Policing is a primary function of any government. But, hey, if they were gone, we could always look at the plus, no one would arrest us for shooting greenie-weenies and socialist.