To say the demonstrations in Madison are like the Sixties is “right on, man!” Willing sheep led by canny shepherds…flaunting rules that don’t please them, like showing up for work as teachers or legislators and writing fraudulent prescriptions to achieve their own ends….very Sixties-like indeed.
Facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Governor Scott Walker is asking that teachers contribute 5.8% to their pensions and 12.6% to their healthcare; Far less than private sector workers pay at a time when many would give anything to be gainfully employed or insured. But the union can’t be constrained by such logic. Like spoiled children, or intentional subversives, they will not be denied their “rights” even if it means the destruction of their state and of the economic future of taxpayers who must bear the burden.
According to the Democratic Party press releases, eagerly stoking the flames, Governor Scott Walker and the GOP are “assaulting working families” …”trying to end the ability of workers to organize for good wages and benefits”… “hurting workers” … “singling out one group for punishment”….”inflicting burdens on those hurt most by the recession.”
Only a formerly drug-induced hippy could believe such statements, but then again, the teacher’s unions are full of them.
It’s like the Sixties, all right. And we’d better recognize the dangers of that before it’s too late. Adult hippies carried their irresponsibility into family life, creating the highest divorce rate and most neglected children in America’s history. They have wrecked the family and the public school with the help of schoolbook architects like William Ayres writing curricula to control minds and persuade America’s youth to their perverse thinking.
If they have their way, they WILL destroy the United States of America. And having their way, is what this spoiled generation is in the business of getting.
I have a solution. Let’s break the teacher’s unions, abolish the Department of Education and turn schools back to the control of state governments. Let’s allow private and charter and home schools to flourish with the money we have saved. Let’s establish national basic standards in science, math, English and history with a huge emphasis on American civics and turn states loose to add the rest.
Let’s free teachers to teach…make administrators and teachers partners again with parents who have been marginalized by the undermining of parental rights. Let’s restore discipline and responsibility to students and parents alike. Let’s give rewards to states that academically perform best on the world stage. Let’s let teachers contribute to their own political causes and stop forcing them to give their money to efforts they philosophically oppose.
And as this retro-glimpse takes us back into the Sixties, let’s eradicate any fondness for it….forever!