Yeah I'll get right on that...Look Red, I like ya, hell on some things I even have agreed in the past with you. But don't for a minute think that a response of 'Oh yeah? Go re-read every one of my postings and show me' is going to deter me. If you haven't done that in the past then I change that to a blanket "liberals"....There, is that better?
Let me offer you a more rational reason why liberals and democrats are standing up for the teachers union. We feel we are the party of the working class of America. Teachers are part of that working class, and unions represent a fair portion of that working class. Therefore we stand up for those we are supposed to represent. See, this makes sense, and there is no conspiracy or corruption.
The sad part is our government has taken this same stance, and because if it, is it any wonder why things are the way they are ?
Last edited by The Barbarian; 03-06-11 at 10:26 PM.
The main thing that hamstrings the public sector with unions is being forced to lay off based on seniority rather than merit. That's the biggie. That's it. When unions agree to accept lay offs based upon merit, the war will be over. Unfortunately, that means that seniority teachers (and others) who would not even be able to pass the teachers' exams that the current teachers must pass, who have records of performance mediocrity and ineffectiveness, must be kept.
In California, every budget cutting effort that tried to avoid lay offs has been taken to court by the unions, and in many cases overturned by judges who have no choice because of the tightly-locked union contracts that give unions the right to force lay offs (based on seniority) rather than allow budget cutting by furloughs, wage freeze or other methods.
The contracts have draconean clauses that make it impossible to make any cuts to union costs without the union's permission. Who ratified these draconean union contracts, with California public sector employees making more than their counterparts around the country? The overwhelmingly democratic legislature that depends upon union votes and union campaign contributions to keep their cushy jobs.
This is totally backward, tail-wagging-dog fiscal strategy based upon partisian politics and greed. It's got to stop sometime. Maybe this finally is the time.