A modest proposal for Chicago

“Since 2009, we’ve lost more than 300,000 education jobs, in part because of budget cuts at the state and local level,” – President Barack Obama, Weekly Radio Address

Throughout the President’s term, we’ve heard the platitudes about teachers, cops, and firefighters. If we don’t pass whatever bill of the week the President is hawking, your kid won’t have anyone to teach them, drug runners will run wild, and your house will burn down.

All of this, of course, despite the obvious — these positions are state and local responsibilities. Not federal ones.

Which brings us to the Peoples’ Republic of Chicago. The Windy City. Chi-Town. For the first time in so many years, the Chicago Teacher’s Union is on strike. So much for caring about children.

With all of these education layoffs President Obama keeps telling us we need federal legislation to avert, what did the Chicago teachers turn down? What’s in dispute?

According to The Chicago Tribune

  • The district offered 16 percent increase over four years and “modified step increases that both reward experience and provide better incentives for mid-career teachers.”
  • The union wants to lower how much student performance contributes to evaluations.

Yes, a trade union — that tells you it cares about children! — won’t accept large pay increases (when everybody else is apparently losing their teaching jobs) and also wants student performance to account for a lower portion of how they’re graded at doing their jobs.

And who is the evil devil in all of this? Rahm Emanuel. Wait, whaaaaaaaaat?

Yes, big bad union busting Rahm Emanuel is telling the teachers no. Good for him. Who can he thank for the turning of the tide on public opinion regarding public employees’ unions? Why his neighbor to the north, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Not being the world’s biggest fan of public education (I’m more of the P.J. O’Rourke school, so to speak), I have a modest proposal for Mayor Emanuel:

Fire them.

Give the teachers a few days to decide, and the ones that don’t come across the picket line to teach lose their jobs. Last time I checked, President Obama told me there were a lot of teachers out of work. I’m sure many of them would love a 16% pay increase over the next four years. 

 

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  1. Dick McMains on September 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm said:

    Jim–

    Aren’t the People much, much better off when the “they” of government do not get involved?

    As for anything the federal government (i.e. those we the voters elected to serve), and what “they” want to do to buy votes, throw them O-U-T!

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