As Usual, Teachers Unions Don't Give A Damn About "The Children"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I'll make this one quick and let you decide. I stand with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on this one and I suspect that most Americans do too. Wisconsin taxpayers fund those schools and teachers salaries yet they get to avoid the classrooms and deny much needed education time for "the children" the bleeding heart liberals claim to care so much about. If you cared about the children then you'd accept that you already have a better deal than most workers in Wisconsin and you'd get your whining asses back to class.

Let me give you two different points of view on this one and then you can decide for yourself who deserves your sympathy on this one: the governor or the labor unions. The first point of view comes from Dick Morris and Eileen McGann via DickMorris.com. This is their take on the situation in Wisconsin.



Published on DickMorris.com on February 18, 2011

Democracy is on the line in the streets of Madison, Wisconsin. Will the popularly elected state legislature and governor (both now Republican for the first time in forever) get to run the state or will the union thugocracy, now crowding the streets, prevail?

The spectacle of Democratic legislators hiding out in the woods to avoid creating a quorum in their legislatures illustrates, more profoundly than anything else ever could, the extent to which we have lost control of our destiny and government to the public employee unions.

The teachers unions, the Service Employees, and AFSME have hijacked state government and are now holding them for ransom.

We are all citizens of Wisconsin now! Our freedom is on the line.

At last some real leaders are emerging within the Republican Party - the newly elected governors! Governors Chris Christie (NJ), Mitch Daniels (Ind), Scott Walker (Wisc) John Kasich (Ohio), Jim Corbett (Pa), Jan Brewer (Ariz), and Butch Otter (Idaho) are showing America how it is done.

The union mobs have taken to the streets in Wisconsin to protest hotly against having to pay 12.6% of their health insurance (the private sector average is 20%) and 5.8% of their pensions (private sector average is 7.5%). They want us to subsidize them so they can get to be richer than we are! Upward redistribution of income!

Governor Scott Walker, the courageous, young Republican just elected in Wisconsin also wants to limit teachers union bargaining to wages and benefits, but to leave work rules in the hands of school administrators. His ideas are vital to good schools but outrageous to the entrenched defenders of bad education in the teachers unions.

The most innovative governor in America - and also a likely GOP contender for president - is Bush's former OMB director Mitch Daniels. He is pushing forward with an exciting bill for statewide choice in schools, limits on teacher collective bargaining, caps on salary increases, and tenure reform. He has already pioneered using Health Savings Accounts to reduce health insurance costs - voluntarily - for state workers.

In Tennessee, with no noticeable leadership from the Republican governor Bill Haslam, the GOP state legislature is taking matters into its own hands. Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Representative Bill Dunn have taken the lead in pushing legislation to prohibit collective bargaining with teachers unions entirely. They are also planning moves to expand school choice. Their landmark bill has just been reported out of the Senate Committee and, with Republican majorities in both houses, is likely to become law.

In Idaho, a gutsy Education Commissioner (elected) Tom Luna had his car vandalized and his family got death threats for trying to expand the pool of teachers to include all college graduates so as not to be limited to the indoctrinated graduates of education schools.

In Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, bills to advance school choice and reform schools are advancing.

And then there are the cowards - Governor Rick Scott of Florida who electrified the state with his bold proposal for education vouchers for statewide school choice only to shelve the bill and abandon it when the going got tough. He was aided and abetted by State Senator Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) who acted like a RINO by surrendering to the unions and letting the voucher proposal die in his education committee.

But there are enough courageous and true conservatives out there to move the cause forward...rapidly!

Now, let's compare that to what left-wing propaganda site MoveOn.org is saying about the situation.

Dear MoveOn member,

Madison, Wisconsin, is electric right now.

Tens of thousands of middle-class Americans—teachers, nurses, firefighters—are demonstrating at the capitol today. They're trying to stop the new, tea-party governor from ramming through one of the worst union-busting bills in recent history. He's using the pretext of a budget crisis, but it's one he created by giving tax breaks to business owners.1

Yesterday afternoon, 14 Democratic state senators walked out of the chamber in defiance to stop the vote on the bill. They're in Illinois now, speaking to the press from undisclosed locations to evade capture.2

Today protesters from all over Wisconsin are holding the biggest rally yet, with tens of thousands of people expected to come. But the national media is not giving the story the coverage it deserves, and without more attention, the Republicans may push the bill through.

We need to show that millions of Americans are standing with the protesters and help draw the nation's eyes to Madison today. Can you take a moment right now to change your Facebook status to this:

"Today I stand with the teachers, nurses, and all public employees of Wisconsin who are fighting for their rights. If you do too, change this to your status for the rest of the day."

Click here to go to your Facebook profile and change your status.
For Wisconsin's schools and kids, the stakes today couldn't be higher. Kim Hoffman, a middle school music teacher, spoke for hundreds of great teachers across the state when she said: "I love teaching, but [if these cuts go through] I'd have to start looking for another job, period."3

Gov. Walker's budget represents one of the boldest assaults on workers and the middle class in memory, and it comes at the worst possible time for Wisconsin's weakened middle class.
Today is the critical moment. With the bill temporarily stalled after Democratic Senators fled the state to deny the Republicans the ability to vote on the bill, there is a chance to kill the bill for good.4 Organizers expect their largest crowd yet, but they need to know that we have their back.

Can you help draw national attention to Wisconsin by changing your status on Facebook for the rest of the day?

Click here to go to your Facebook profile and change your status.

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Laura, Lenore, Duncan, and the rest of the team

P.S.—If you don't have Facebook, that's fine—to spread the word, just forward this email along to five (or more!) friends, and ask them to do the same.

The Tea Party is back in action rallying in support of the governor and that's the side I'm taking.

At a time when those of us who still have jobs feel lucky just to be able to keep our jobs it's a disgrace to see these unions rising up claiming they are getting an unfair deal. What's unfair is tenure for a bad teacher. What's unfair is a pension that most workers don't get and no states seem to be able to afford.


We do care about the children and we don't want the unions to continuing to bankrupt the futures of our children so we stand with Governor Walker. As for the rest of you union thugs out there protesting in Wisconsin.....round up the student's you brought with you as propaganda props and GET YOUR ASSES BACK TO THE CLASSES. That's how you can show that you really care about "the children".


Why The Left Rising Up Isn't All That Scary Here And A Government Shutdown Doesn't Sound So Bad

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Before we get started I just want you to always remember the fall of Egypt. If it goes bad as I suspect it will the many on the left and others will have to remember that they thought this was a great thing for Democracy. As the future will most likely prove them wrong they will do what they always do.....lie about history when teaching in order to maintain the feel good lie that is progressivism.

I'm going to explain a couple of things that progressivism has brought us but with a bit of a different twist. One of the very things that threaten progressivism with failure are in fact the results of progressive policies themselves. Let's start with some progressive history. Not the BS you get from some of the propagandists, (we tend to call many of them teachers), but the realities of progressive policies.

This will explain why at the present time I'm not all that concerned about a bunch of lazy, whining, ignorant, students and a handful of entitled, manipulative, propagandist, (remember, some call them teachers).

One of the biggest growth periods in the U.S. for progressivism was the 1930's under the failed New Deal policies of FDR. FDR wasn't the first president to believe in such big government control by any means but he created much of the modern problems we currently are faced with.

One that many Americans are beginning to be willing to accept as a big lie and failure is Social Security. We all, (well okay not all, Huffington Post, MoveOn.org, I'm looking at you), most of us know it isn't going to last. It was begun under FDR as a way for the government to take more money from workers and never pay them back. If you are a worker of my generation then you know the program will work exactly as planned as we will be paying the Social Security tax our entire working lives and will never be paid for it because we are many years away from retirement and the program is already on the verge of collapse.

I've said if before and it says it all. The average life expectancy for white people in the 1930's was only about 62, (conveniently the very year you began being paid benefits). For black people it was even worse, average life expectancy was only around 50. The program has remained unchanged for 80 years now because every time someone calls for reforming the system the propagandists keep telling you is fine the liberal, nanny-state groups start bitching about how the program is fine. Then the typical cries about how would be reformers are trying to leave grandma out starving in the cold begin. Life expectancy has increased very much, but the Social Security entitlement hasn't. High unemployment has only made it worse because that means less workers paying into the system that is already on the fast track to being broke.

This causes politicians to refrain from touching the system for political purposes. It reminds me of the saying that ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away. It's like a cracked pipe leaking water, eventually it will rupture and the problem will be far worse than if you fix the crack now. The same rule applies to the entitlement programs right now, today. The Social Security pipe is about to burst and yet we keep ignoring it because of the cowards we call politicians refusing to take a stand and say, "I'm sorry you fell for the government lies America but it's time to wake up." Chris Christie in NJ is one of the few who takes such a stand on some of these issues, especially with the unions.

There were other programs that were equally disastrous economically with FDR, the WPA was used to pay people to fix roads etc. but in fact paid many people to stand around doing nothing, (today we call that stimulus).

LBJ, another loser of a liberal president that the propagandists love to lie about, took it a step farther with his "great society". This was the establishment of the modern welfare state. As the liberal nanny state began to take responsibilities away from families, families began to break apart. This was made worse with the liberal feminist movement and other such feel good liberal movements that led to a rise in single parent families and abortions. Even though all research proved that single parent homes were far more likely to end up in poverty, which is exactly what has been happening for many years.

We continued to take responsibility away from people and shifted the thinking from personal responsibility to the government's responsibility. Government assistance became the breadwinner, entitlements began to be thought of as rights, and taking care of your family began to take a back seat to taking care of yourself. That is the truth of progressivism, like it or not.

This is in fact part of why I'm not all that afraid of an uprising of students etc. here at the moment. We have young people in this country that don't have the work ethic to make it through a part-time job at the supermarket without feeling like they have it rough. Do you really think a group like that can stand up to the message of the Tea Parties? If you can't handle a part time job, you can't lead a revolution, period.

The big government promise of taking care of everybody is in fact only screwing everybody over and letting everybody down. The founders understood this, Conservatives understand this, why is it so hard for the left to understand this?

Now we're hearing talk of a government shut down and how disastrous that would be. I have to tell you, considering all we've seen government screw up in recent years a shut down doesn't sound all that bad. We should all understand that rushing into major decisions often leads us to the wrong decisions. Wasn't that the lesson of the stimulus packages, health care, and subsidies like housing? In rushing to do something we only made it worse. It is not only time to slow the growth of government down, it's time to stop and reverse it all together.

As for those who want socialism altogether in this country they should do some research into how socialism leads to tyranny. Need proof? Watch a speech by Hitler, he himself refers to his Nazi party as the "National Socialists Party", look it up since you aren't going to learn that in school. The propagandists are too busy telling you that the Nazi's were right wing conservatives, a lie so easy to disprove that it's laughable.

Put aside your pride and just look at the facts of history. When government grows in America, freedom weakens. When politicians are protected, they lose principles because there are no consequences for failure. It then comes down to each of us as individual Americans, as it always has and always should, to fix what's wrong with our country. The answers have never come from our government, or from the growth of it, and the right answers never will.


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