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; 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):
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 more generous 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.