Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hillary and Leaders of Teachers' Unions are Aligned Against School Vouchers and Against Letting Parents Send Their Kids to Better Schools ... American Politics is Rotten to the Core

Allowing parents to use taxpayer money and school vouchers to enroll their kids in the school of their choice is a great idea whose time may never come. It's an excellent example of 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' rotten-to-the-core American politics.

Let's make this as simple as possible. The leadership of teachers' unions wants as many members as possible to pay as much in union dues as possible. That's how teachers' unions are funded and able to pay their leadership generous salaries. And despite their pleas of poverty, career politicians make plenty of money off We the People as well. That's the real American public school educational partnership.

To teachers' unions, membership growth is good. A declining membership is bad. It's all about the dollars coming in, and the more dues paying members, the more dollars in dues. It's really that simple.

The Democratic party's biggest supporters are the teachers' unions. In the American world of politics, Democrats and teachers unions' are totally aligned. When it comes to education, free parental choice and school vouchers are perhaps their biggest enemy.

Enter Hillary Clinton and the 2016 race for the presidency. Hillary Clinton Gets Backing of National Education Association says this:

"Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday won the backing of the nation’s biggest labor group, the National Education Association, an endorsement that was expected but that nonetheless gives her a boost as she heads toward the first nominating contests.

The nod represents the second major group of educators to back Mrs. Clinton, after the American Federation of Teachers endorsed her in July – an early move that her allies hoped would be the first of many dominoes in organized labor to fall her way. The N.E.A. has three million members . . . .

It’s Mrs. Clinton’s eighth union endorsement. But it comes as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has become a favorite of many of the rank-and-file members in some unions, whose leaders are reluctant to try to thwart members of their own constituency who are supporting a candidate who is speaking so directly to many of their issues. . . .

Asked whether the group came under pressure to endorse Mrs. Clinton from her campaign as she faces headwinds in the nominating fight, Ms. García insisted the timing was set by the union. But people privy to the discussions said that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers had pressed for an endorsement after a three-month lag since the A.F.T. endorsement.

On Friday, officials with the International Association of Firefighters publicly pulled back a planned endorsement of Mrs. Clinton, saying their rank-and-file members were not supporting her.

“As president, I will fight to defend workers’ right to organize and unions’ right to bargain collectively, and I will ensure that teachers always have a voice and a seat at the table in making decisions that impact their work,” Mrs. Clinton said in a statement about the N.E.A. endorsement.
Mr. Sanders, in his own statement, pointed out that he is the choice of many members.

“I am proud to have the support of many hundreds of thousands of members of the National Education Association and trade unionists all across America,” he said. “We are going to win this nomination and the general election because of support from grassroots Americans. We are on track to do just that.”

Summing Up
Hillary is all about Hillary. Bernie doesn't have a chance with the leadership of the teachers' unions.
Teachers' union leaders are all about themselves --- and Hillary, of course.
Accordingly, the fix is in. The parents of kids attending poorly performing schools won't have an opportunity to receive a solid education by taking taxpayer money and changing schools.

Meanwhile, these same parents will vote for Hillary, Bernie, Joe or whoever else runs against whichever hated Republican gets the nod and who favors school choice and vouchers for one and all.
Isn't life interesting? And doesn't politics suck?
That's my take.
Thanks. Bob.

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