You heard it here first 4-5 years ago

Of course, I was also one of the first to say we don’t start winning back our country until we start aggressively attacking union greed.

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Vile Unions, Vile Democrats

Some people dislike my aggressive language toward teachers unions and their purchased lapdogs in both craven parties. If you can’t see how these greedy and powerful institutions are hurting the poor (and therefore America), then you are either stupid, or willfully lying to yourself.

Step up for D.C. vouchers

The animus toward this tiny, clearly successful program is not grounded in logic. “The real goal of education,” Ms. Feinstein said, sensibly enough, “ought to be to provide a number of different choices for youngsters so you can see where they learn best and then enable them to be in that situation.” That’s supposed to be the philosophy of Mr. Obama’s Education Department, too, which purports to want to reward programs that work. The program has been subject to rigorous scientific study, and preliminary evaluations have shown academic gains and student improvement. But the Obama administration had shut the door on new students and didn’t lift a hand to rally support for its continuation.

Destroying this program is an act of evil. I want all of you Democrats to ask yourself how all your self-righteous blather about the “poor” sits with you as you support a President and Party doing evil to those same people.

Your Party (and any Republican who takes union money and votes as they are told) is engaging in evil. Live with it.

Never let a good crisis go to waste…

That’s why we should use the recession and the financial crisis to shut down entire swaths of schools and send the worst teachers home forever.

Schools are out – Forever

The Kansas City, Mo., district is closing nearly half its campuses after 10 years of dwindling student population. It’s what happens when a district loses support of the public it is meant to serve.

During the warm months, when students at Westport High School got too hot, they cooled down by moving to one of the many vacant classrooms on campus. It was one of the advantages of having 400 students assigned to a school that could hold 1,200.

The downside became apparent last week, though, when the Kansas City school board voted to close Westport and 25 other schools — nearly half of the district’s campuses.

Big-city districts shutter schools all the time. Cities such as Denver and Portland, Ore., have seen childless young families repopulate their urban cores and have adjusted accordingly.

But what is happening in Kansas City is different in scale than anywhere else in the country. It’s an extreme example of what happens when a school system loses the support of the public it’s meant to serve.

The Kansas City, Missouri School District lost half of its student population in the last 10 years as parents fled to the suburbs or placed their children in private or non-district-run charter schools. District test scores have long lagged behind the rest of the state’s.

This is what SHOULD happen. That is why teacher’s unions hate every little bit of reform, no matter how small. The worst of them can’t compete, and that is why they force American education to remain the most expensive and ineffective in the world.

For those of you who have been following education for as long as I have, you may remember that Kansas City, Missouri was the same town that judicially forced a huge tax increase on the city so as to dramatically increase student funding.

For more details read this article.

Now you see how that worked out.

Why the SEIU wants health care ‘reform’

As with everything destroying America today, it has to do with Pensions and Public Union Greed.

Why the SEIU Wants Health Reform

More than flexing labor’s political muscles, the overriding reason for SEIU support of health care reform is that it would bring in more members. The percentage of private sector workers belonging to unions has been declining steadily, and reached 7.2% in 2009. Partially offsetting this is the percentage of unionized government workers, 37% last year, up half a percentage point from 2008.

And without more members, the SEIU’s troubled pension funds will continue to fall short of 80% funding, considered by the Labor Department to be acceptable financial coverage.

Even before the stock market crash of 2008-09, the SEIU’s 1199SEIU Greater New York Pension Fund was funded at 58% for 2007. The Service Employees 32BJ North Pension Fund stood at 68%; the Local 32BJ Building Maintenance Contractors Association Pension Plan at 41%; and the 32BJ District Building Operators Pension Trust Fund at 56%.

These worker funds are all in critical or endangered status. Yet Andy Stern’s SEIU Affiliates Officers and Employees Pension Plan, funded at 102% in 2007, is not in trouble.

To any public employee union member reading my posts. Please understand just how vile your leadership is, and how poorly they are serving you. They are destroying the economy necessary to fund your pensions, and their model of greed is unsustainable.

You don’t need a unions for workplace protection. You only need a good civil service code. Your pensions and perks always were impossible, as the bankruptcy of Greece, California, and Illinois are proving to be.

How about Nationally imposed spending caps

With all of the state whining for Federal money, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a fiscally conservative president and a majority of Paul Ryan’s in Congress?

If we were that lucky, we could use the profligacy of states against them by making any bailout conditional upon the states passing hard constitutional spending caps.

States Hope for a Rich Uncle
Governors Lobby Washington for More Money as Stimulus Aid Runs Out

Among other things, Illinois is hoping the federal government will keep paying a higher share of Medicaid costs. “That’s $600 million we desperately need,” said Kelly Kraft, a spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office. Those funds already are counted in the governor’s budget proposal.

But in Congress, members are balking at further subsidies amid an election-year outcry over the U.S. deficit and federal involvement in the economy.

That tension sets up fierce battles as states work out budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Because they can’t run deficits, most states face yet more tough choices: raise taxes, cut services, lay off workers or trim employees’ wages and benefits over union opposition.

“Our demand for services continues to grow, especially with underemployment and high unemployment—and we expect this trend to continue as we enter what is expected to be a slow-growth recovery,” said Anna Richter Taylor, a spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski of Oregon.

Illinois and Oregon are 2 states that have (like most) lavishly showered greedy public unions with cash and benefits. It would be nice to have a Federal Government that worked to undo that mess. Instead, we have a president likely to further bankrupt the nation by using federal cash and debt to bail out these most greedy and powerful interests.

When enough people are either on the public payroll, or related to someone on the public payroll, it’s all over folks. You have a about 18-24 mos. to put a stake through these organizations heart.

The Wages of Unionization is Death

These people (public unions in particular) are killing your economy. When will you have the guts to tell them “No!” and send them packing?

Detroit wants to save itself by shrinking

DETROIT – Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile.

Operating on a scale never before attempted in the U.S., the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods. Roughly a quarter of the 139-square-mile (360-sq. kilometer) city could go from urban to semi-rural.

Near downtown, fruit trees and vegetable farms would replace neighborhoods that are an eerie landscape of empty buildings and vacant lots. Suburban commuters heading into the city center might pass through what looks like the countryside to get there. Surviving neighborhoods in the birthplace of the auto industry would become pockets in expanses of green.

Detroit officials first raised the idea in the 1990s, when blight was spreading. Now, with the recession plunging the city deeper into ruin, a decision on how to move forward is approaching. Mayor Dave Bing, who took office last year, is expected to unveil some details in his state-of-the-city address this month.

“Things that were unthinkable are now becoming thinkable,” said James W. Hughes, dean of the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, who is among the urban experts watching the experiment with interest. “There is now a realization that past glories are never going to be recaptured. Some people probably don’t accept that, but that is the reality.”

Several other declining industrial cities, such as Youngstown, Ohio, have also accepted downsizing. Since 2005, Youngstown has been tearing down a few hundred houses a year. But Detroit’s plans dwarf that effort. The approximately 40 square miles (103 sq. kilometers) of vacant property in Detroit is larger than the entire city of Youngstown.

Faced with a $300 million budget deficit and a dwindling tax base, Bing argues that the city can’t continue to pay for police patrols, fire protection and other services for all areas.

The current plan would demolish about 10,000 houses and empty buildings in three years and pump new investment into stronger neighborhoods. In the neighborhoods that would be cleared, the city would offer to relocate residents or buy them out. The city could use tax foreclosure to claim abandoned property and invoke eminent domain for those who refuse to leave, much as cities now do for highway projects.

This is the time to drive the Union issue

Drive their numbers down. When your neighbor talks about their obscene property tax bill, remind them of who is responsible…

Public Employee Unions.

This is who bankrupted California and Illinois.

Teachers union tops list of state political spenders

Five special interests were responsible for more than half of the billion dollars spent since 2000, including:

–The California Teachers Assoc., which spent $211.8 million.
–The California State Council of Service Employees, $107.4 million.
–The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, $104.9 million.
-The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which operates a casino under a state-approved compact, $83.6 million.
–The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which also operates a casino, $69.2 million.
PG&E, Chevron, AT&T, Philip Morris USA and Southern California Edison are also among the top 15 spenders.

For those of you with FaceBook Accounts…

This is a fun and interesting exchange. It’s sad to see mostly decent people defending the indefensible…

(Teacher Union/Government-Education Complex turning our love of education into a privatized money-laundering scheme for their protected industry).

Ms. Hodges is probably a fine person, who, for whatever reasons, equates a just society with pouring billions into the corrupt maw of the Government-Education Complex.

It is our job to be as resolute, polite, persuasive, and effective, as we point out that there is no reason for any public employee to be unionized.

Pass decent civil service protections
Provide them a choice of packages with competitive pay and/or reasonable (not bloated) benefits…

…and then outlaw public unionization.

Just remember, they are morally illegitimate

They don’t care about children. They care about their power and greed.

Our view on school reform: Unions protect bad teachers, harming kids’ education

At this time of high unemployment, one group of professionals has no shortage of job security: bad teachers. Few public school principals in the country are able to dismiss an incompetent teacher without a protracted, expensive struggle, and therefore firings rarely happen. Yet researchers agree that hiring good teachers, and ditching bad ones, is the best way to improve education.

Nationwide, 2% or fewer teachers are ever fired or fail to have their contracts renewed because of poor performance. Among tenured teachers — those who get job security, typically after two or three years of satisfactory performance — there are often no dismissals at all, according to the U.S. Education Department.

In Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont — states in which fewer than half of fourth-graders are proficient at reading or math — the average school district did not remove a single tenured teacher in 2007-08. It’s no wonder: Dismissing one teacher can cost upwards of $100,000, and the legal struggle can drag on for years.

Use this window of opportunity to completely de-unionize all public employment.

Dear Governor, Cut Education, Cut Deep, Cut Long, Cut Hard!!

This is an easy choice, everyone. Cut education!!

Start with the high property value districts that overtax their citizens, and start working your way down the list.

Better yet, put something in the bill to force the layoffs/pay cuts of personnel before cutting a single program. Hit them where they deserve it – the bloated payroll. Codify the use of common law “emergency” doctrine to re-open union contracts and hack payroll costs.

Raise taxes or cut education, Quinn says

SPRINGFIELD – — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn pitched a 33 percent income tax increase Wednesday, framing the debate as a choice between finding more money or hurting schoolchildren.

But the governor’s challenge to lawmakers immediately ran into Republican criticism that Quinn is holding students hostage and into a Democratic dose of political reality.

“The people of America don’t want tax increases. …They’re hurting,” said House Speaker Michael Madigan, D- Chicago, speaking on public television’s ” Illinois Lawmakers.”

Madigan did not say whether he’ll muster the Democratic votes required to approve a tax increase this spring, noting the Republican rallying cry against higher taxes before the November election. It was clear lawmakers from both parties do not feel bound by the choices Quinn is offering.

Republicans have no credibility on the “education/union” issue, as they are craven cowards in the face of the teachers unions. Is it possible that no one (except for the two reformers in the Governor’s race) understand that you can’t defeat these awful people until you start campaigning against their greed.

The Republican Party in Illinois began it’s awful decline the moment it crawled in bed with public employee unions. If it returns to power without shedding them as a partner, it will remain an enemy of the taxpayer.