The idea that schools are supposed to serve students first and teachers second doesn’t seem like a radical idea. Let’s be frank, for pretty much everyone this is just assumed. But it is NOT assumed by the teacher’s unions, especially in California where they have a stranglehold on the system.
That’s 2 trillion.
Months ago I wrote about the “hipster fascists.” These are the folks who hold themselves out to be in favor of new ideas and innovation but in fact find much comfort under the wing of the warm, suffocating, life squeezing, state. Andrew Leonard the author of the attached article, though far too old to be a hipster, strikes me as this sort of fellow.
He cries to the heavens. “Uber is out to take over the world! We must stop it now. Kill this capitalist demon spawn while it is still small enough to kill. Dear Government where are you!!!!”
If the “labor movement” is defined by solidarity between “workers,” why do public employee unions care so little for their brethren in in the private sector?
There are few states which to me embody dysfunction more than Illinois. The place is out of control. It is hamstrung by state employee and teacher unions which demand to be paid lavish pensions even though the state is effectively out of money and is clinging to its credit rating. If they are allowed, the Illinois state employee unions will hollow out the finances of the state (even more) and Illinois will continue down the path Detroit has already walked.
Some people get on us for pointing out that public employee unions are kind of a JV crony team which costs the taxpayers of this country billions each year. Invariably the people who benefit form unionized government work howl and insist that they are in fact the “good guys.” They are just trying to do their job and to be paid adequately for it. And oh, by the way, don’t touch their pension. We should focus our attention on the evil corporate America.
This comes to us from Ed Ring at the California Policy Institute
Karen Lewis, the union president, is also running for mayor of Chicago against Rahm Emanuel. I say that if you still live in Chicago at this point you deserve what you get. I have little sympathy.
The SEIU and other unions want very much to turn fast food workers into a unionized force. The Dems want desperately to turn fast food workers into unionized voters. The “minimum wage debate” centers around giving unsophisticated potential voters something to motivate them to the voting booth.
The problem is an increase in the minimum wage will only hasten the destruction of low skill jobs.