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Is School Choice a Good Investment?

Marie150 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 1:32 PM
Teachers, police officers and fire fighters should behave like professionals. They have no business joining unions. Despicable and lowbrow.
Tea Party in Wisconsin formerlyTea Party Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 1:53 PM
Agree, we up here in W I, saw it up close and personal and endured over a year of UNION GOON intimidations and watched the MOB squatting in the Beautiful Rotunda of our Capitol vandalized and literally stink like a pig pen.
mary anne24 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 2:05 PM
Joining a union is not a choice
HermanBB Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 1:38 PM
To Marie

You may want to pick up a history book.

Read about working conditions in this country before unions.

And it really wasn't that long ago.
smokindave Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 2:08 PM
That is true-but the primary reason was that there were virtually no employment, anti-discrimination, and wage laws on the books. Unions were the pre-cursers to that. But now that those laws are indeed on the books, unions serve no purpose other than to keep costs high and unproductive workers employed. Like the covered wagon, the steam locomotive, or the chain gang for that matter-they have outlived their purpose.
chipsmydog Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 2:32 PM
To HermanBB,
You may want to stop promoting the self serving, special interest group that is the modern day union.
Unions have become political action committees, destructive to the labor market, destructive to the wage market, and a constant source of organized criminal activity and cronyism.
The legend of Jimmy Hoffa lives on.
Tea Party in Wisconsin formerlyTea Party Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 1:57 PM
I didn't have to read about the wonderful mobster run Unions, I lived it when I was a kid and watched the AFL CIO destroy a great way of life, destroy lifelong and wartime frienships in their UNION GOON facilitated assault on the mill that built, maintained not only the town, and the employee rented homes (which are still standing and still beautiful, not the usual shanty mill towns). We had everything we needed in that town, the owner and founder of the mill
was ahead of his time in recycling, manufacturing and employee beneifts, but they got to the people, and created a mob. REsult, the mill moved south to a right to work state, sold off all the property, (I know because I lived right across the street from one end of the mill and saw
Tea Party in Wisconsin formerlyTea Party Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 2:01 PM
and heard the trucks leaving for the south with the machinery.) I watched a beered up mob marching up my street, and saw them attacking those who they called 'scabs' and vandalizing their homes, one of those my uncles by rocks thrown through his picture window, barely missing my Aunt and 3 month old cousin. Then
more violence, I was shot at from within the mob and I KNOW it wasn't from my
neighbors, I was 12, sent out to find my dad (a union member who refused to participate in that mob, and I don't remember him ever picketing). Mill leaves, strikers lose their homes as they were sold, no jobs..GOONS slithered back to Boston. NOTHING GOOD has ever come from the mob run UNIONS>
restoreliberty Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:35 PM
Unions were soley established to discriminate against minorities and women. You can believe any revisionist garbage you choose, but the fact of the matter is that unions were formed to keep minorities from the south from flooding job markets in the north after the Civil when when the 39th Congress, a majority Republican Congress, passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

Yes, it is. In fact, according to a new study conducted by two distinguished education scholars in the District of Columbia, school choice bolsters public high school graduation rates, reduces crime, and even creates new taxpayers:

The District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) produced $2.62 in benefits for every dollar spent on it. In other words, the return on public investment for the private-school voucher program during its early years was 162 percent. …

In our study we combined the increased-graduation results from the rigorous government evaluation with the work of labor, health, and public-policy economists who have...