Other than Sandra Fluke, a 31 year old student who’s demanding that everyone else pay for her birth control and perhaps the entire city of Berkeley, you won’t find a better example of what’s wrong with modern liberalism than the striking Chicago Teachers’ Union
The coverage of the strike has obscured some basic facts. The money has continued to pour into Chicago’s failing public schools in recent years. Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any city at $76,000 a year before benefits. The average family in the city only earns $47,000 a year. Yet the teachers rejected a 16 percent salary increase over four years at a time when most families are not getting any raises or are looking for work.
The city is being bled dry by the exorbitant benefits packages negotiated by previous elected officials. Teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs and out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, a full 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs.
…Small wonder. Just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading and only 56 percent of students who enter their freshman year of high school wind up graduating.
In other words, you have a union that is dramatically overpaid and dramatically underperforming, putting kids out of class so teachers can get a few bucks more that they don’t deserve. Meanwhile, the economy is in the toilet and the people who pay their salaries are already hurting. Given their terrible performance, aren’t these already the most overpaid teachers in America? How is it that these – let’s call them what they are — GREEDY teachers get away with using the kids that they’re keeping out of school as a human shield when they’re criticized? If they gave a damn about the kids, they wouldn’t be striking now. Also, how is it that government employees never seem to feel the same pain that the rest of us do when the economy is bad? Why shouldn’t administrators just be able to fire all of these teachers if they don’t show up for work? Given what they’re paying them and how they’re performing, they could probably improve the quality of their work force and cut the cost by just getting rid of all of them.
But, this is in large part what liberalism represents: government employees self-righteously demanding far too much money from taxpayers in order to do their jobs poorly.