Be true to your school

Teachers unions and the Democrat party have long been involved in running a racket that benefits them both, at the expense of us ordinary working stiffs who lacked the good sense to get a government job. It works like this: the taxpayers pay the teachers; the teachers pay their union dues; the unions pay to elect more Democrats; the Democrats vote for increases in teacher pay and benefits; and the taxpayers are screwed.

The incestuous relationship between the unions and the Democrat party has been remarked on so often that it mostly elicits yawns, when it elicits any reaction at all. So I should not have been at all surprised when I saw that the headquarters of the local teachers’ union in my town is now doubling as the headquarters of the local Democrat party. Apparently, they finally decided it was time to drop the pretense that the two organizations are not in bed with each other.

Here’s a picture of the union/party headquarters (click to enlarge):


(Photo credit to my lovely daughter.)

Any suggestion that the schools are not doing an adequate job of educating the children is met with demands from the Democrats in Madison for more funding, even though all their previous funding increases have failed to improve educational outcomes. Naturally, the teachers are grateful for the pay increases and fancier benefits packages, and they repay the Democrat legislators’ generosity by indoctrinating their students into being good little socialists who, when they grow up, will reliably vote Democrat.

As John Dewey, the father of American public education, said: “You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society, which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.” Barack Obama himself could not have said it better.

4 Responses to Be true to your school

  1. Holy cats, Bob! You’re sending your daughter out on intelligence gathering missions to places where she might run into union thugs, or worse, school administrators? ;) On the other hand, it’s kinda cool that you’re enlisting her like that. Kinda like a “True Lies” family thing. I approve! :)

    • Bob says:

      She has her head screwed on straight, and has a lot of courage for someone so young. And anyway she has a camera that works and I don’t.

  2. Fritz says:

    You’ve described the public-education swindle quite well. I am related by marriage to a now-retired PS teacher, who used to bemoan the “low” salaries received by her ilk, and who now draws a tax-funded pension that is disproportionate to her “low” earnings. Had she not joined the PS racket, her marketable skills would have qualified her for a minimum-wage job at Wal-Mart.

    • Bob says:

      When the teachers whine about how little they (supposedly) are paid, my reaction has always been: Did you not bother to find out before you decided to go into teaching how much money you would earn as a teacher? If you did, and you decided to become a teacher anyway, then you knew what you were getting into and you have no right to complain. If you did not, then you are too stupid to be entrusted with the job of teaching children, and should be dismissed and sent to work on a factory assembly line or some other job that doesn’t require a lot of intelligence.

      During the recent brouhaha over collective bargaining in Wisconsin, the scam that the teachers unions have been running came out into the open: They have deliberately kept their salaries relatively low and taken as much of their compensation as possible in the form of benefits. By doing this, they have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of folks who slug it out in the private sector (where you have to work 12 months a year, pay for your own glasses or contact lenses, save for your own retirement, pay for your kids’ orthodontia yourself, etc.). That was why Scott Walker changed the rules to restrict collective bargaining to salaries only — a move that the lying MSM constantly and erroneously reported as “ending collective bargaining.” The object was to make it more transparent just how generously public sector employees are being compensated. To no one’s surprise, the unions hit the roof. It was such a great scam while it lasted!

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