I wonder why Americans think that?
Colorado is a political bell weather. It is an interesting mix of rural and city, hippy and frontierspeople, gun nuts and gun control laws, new west and old west. It is perhaps the purplist of purple states. And right now Rand Paul is not quite crushing Hillary Clinton, but soundly ahead of her in this very important electoral state.
This is an ongoing battle in the Republican party. There are the “pro-business” folks who are more than happy to engage in crony capitalism usually financed by the taxpayer. And then there is a small but increasingly influential “pro-market” contingent within the GOP which finds crony capitalism repugnant.
Guess which group the lobbyists like to throw money at?
I am going to admit something here. Though I have educators all through my family and I have the greatest respect for teaching as a profession (in the sense that Socrates was a teacher) I have little respect for our public schooling system. Though I went through one of the “best” public school systems in the United States nearly my entire experience, with a few shining exceptions, was of mediocrity of thought and effort from both the teachers and the students. School rewarded those who filled in the circles and checked the boxes. It was a machine.
But I can say at least that I never had any completely inappropriate political rants from any teachers. There was some political correctness to be sure but I never remember any slavish homages to big government. But I guess I was one of the lucky ones. In California at a recent gathering the president of the California Federation of Teachers Joshua Pechthalt said:
I have watched the reaction from the establishment to the Bundy Ranch incident with great interest. Everywhere one looks statists are up in arms that the “tea baggers” beat their big government butts in a very public way, and on a global stage in the Nevada desert.
There are some people who just want to regulate every aspect of human life. I just don’t get it.
Government work is pretty good for the most part. (There’s the whole selling your soul aspect, but that aside. — I kid. I kid.) The pay is far above average. Union protections mean you basically can never be fired. The pension comes early, is forever, and is backed by the US taxpayer. Civil servants have it pretty darn good. Government employees on average earn over $120,000 in total compensation. Banking regulators make on average far more than this.