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Teachers Union Head Seeks to Become Tin Pot Dictator
Publius' Forum ^ | 07/19/08 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 07/19/2008 9:04:18 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

Randi Weingarten has delusions of grandeur. She thinks she should be given the power of a dictator instead of those of a teachers union president. Instead of just teaching kids, Weingarten imagines that she should become doctor, nanny, nutritionist, psychologist, and mother to every kid in America. She imagines that she should be given the care and feeding of all the nation's kids.

Parents? Who need 'em when we've got Mother Weingarten to trot them off to re-education camps where they will be fed and cared for on a daily basis?

Catch the arrogance, see this nanny-state despot lining up her dream state in her tiny, anti-family mind.

“Can you imagine a federal law that promoted community schools — schools that serve the neediest children by bringing together under one roof all the services and activities they and their families need?” Ms. Weingarten is expected to ask in the speech, a copy of which was provided by the union to The New York Times.

“Imagine schools that are open all day and offer after-school and evening recreational activities, child care and preschool, tutoring and homework assistance,” the speech reads. “Schools that include dental, medical and counseling clinics.”

Yes, imagine it. Imagine the billions of dollars needed to bring all these services from government to kids. Imagine the further destruction of the family as it happens, too....

Read the rest at Publius' Forum...


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KEYWORDS: aft; education; ittakesavillage; nannystate; newyork; teachers; unions
People that work for the government (including teachers) should never be allowed to unionize.
1 posted on 07/19/2008 9:04:18 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

It takes a village.


2 posted on 07/19/2008 9:09:02 PM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/10/13/2007-10-13_teachers_union_president_comes_out_publi-3.html


3 posted on 07/19/2008 9:09:16 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ('GOP' : Get Our Petroleum)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Thanks for the link. She’s got a really big agenda, mostly teaching the gay agenda.


4 posted on 07/19/2008 9:12:00 PM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: AmericaUnite

Well, seeing she admits she’s a lesbian, not really much of a surprise...


5 posted on 07/19/2008 9:13:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Apparently it takes a village of subsidized perverts...


6 posted on 07/19/2008 9:14:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Ugggh, Hillary on steroids.


7 posted on 07/19/2008 9:15:25 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Read the rest at Publius' Forum...

Don't need to....disgusted by the teaser.
8 posted on 07/19/2008 9:18:36 PM PDT by raynearhood ("Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world... and she walks into mine.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

Seeing she’s a lesbian, what does she know about raising kids?


9 posted on 07/19/2008 9:19:00 PM PDT by henkster (Politics is the art of telling a bigger and more believable lie more often than your opponent)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Good grief, put a warning on this thread for ONE UGLY HAG "President RANDI WEINGARTEN is president of the United Federation of Teachers, the nation's largest union local representing 201,486 men and women. She is also a vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers and of the New York City Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and heads the city’s Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), an umbrella organization for 100-plus city unions. From 1986 to 1998 Weingarten served as counsel to UFT President Sandra Feldman, taking a lead role in contract negotiations and enforcement and in lawsuits in which the union fought for adequate school funding and building conditions. A teacher of history at Clara Barton HS in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, from 1991 to 1997, Weingarten helped her students win several state and national awards debating constitutional issues. Elected as the union’s assistant secretary in 1995 and treasurer two years later, she assumed the UFT presidency in 1998 after Feldman became president of the AFT. She was elected to her first full term the following year and re-elected three times since. Under Weingarten’s leadership, salaries of UFT-represented public school employees have increased by 43 percent. Weingarten and the UFT have fought to make sure teachers are treated with respect and dignity, have a voice in the education of their students and are given the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. Weingarten has promoted the professional growth of teachers and other educators through more than 350 school-based UFT Teacher Center sites. Weingarten sees her role as an advocate for students as well as for union members. Her passion as leader of America’s largest union local is to make every school a place where parents want to send their children and educators want to work. The UFT, under Weingarten, has expanded its outreach to parents and students. Each year the union awards more than $1 million in scholarships to needy high school seniors, and Dial-A-Teacher, its after-school homework help program helps tens of thousands of students and their parents each year. The union has worked tirelessly with parents and community allies to make sure schools are safe and adequately funded. After a 13-year battle, during which Weingarten was arrested for leading a protest in Albany, the state’s highest court ordered the state to expand aid to New York City’s public schools. In January 2007, Gov. Spitzer proposed, and the Legislature approved, education finance and accountability reforms that are slated to boost statewide school funding by $7 billion a year, including $5.4 billion for New York City. Among them is a requirement, championed by the UFT, to significantly reduce class sizes in all grades. Weingarten has led UFT members into areas of reform rarely embraced by more traditional teacher unions. Eager to return the charter school movement to its original purpose of enabling educators to create schools based on classroom-tested best practices, she spearheaded the opening of two union-operated public charter schools in East Brooklyn, N.Y., and has partnered with Green Dot schools to start another in the South Bronx. As MLC chair since 1998, Weingarten coordinates labor negotiations and bargains benefits on behalf of the unions’ 365,000 members. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University and the Cardozo School of Law. She worked as a lawyer for the Wall Street firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1983 to 1986. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee and numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations. Born in 1957, Weingarten is a resident of Manhattan. " That is one NASTY cow.
10 posted on 07/19/2008 9:35:16 PM PDT by xDGx
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To: raynearhood
Don't need to....disgusted by the teaser.
OK, that got a laugh!
11 posted on 07/19/2008 9:37:27 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: DigitalVideoDude
Eliot tried to hit it!!!


12 posted on 07/19/2008 9:37:39 PM PDT by xDGx
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To: xDGx

Elliot does not look sober.


13 posted on 07/19/2008 9:49:21 PM PDT by FlyVet (Reid makes us sick. Pelosi makes us sick.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

People that work for the government (including teachers) should never be allowed to unionize.


No One should be allowed to unionize. Unions should be Outlawed in America. They destroy our ability to compete.


14 posted on 07/19/2008 10:07:57 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: Mobile Vulgus
An example of how truly fugly women try to get back at society by destroying all that is normal.

They should simply blame their parents and go into therapy. Every shrink has boat payments.

15 posted on 07/19/2008 10:25:03 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: FFranco
Unions should be Outlawed in America.

I don't like unions either. But if you outlaw them, you'll end up outlawing religion, groups like us FReepers and the Boy Scouts (although they are already under attack.)

The First Amendment protects unions, and I can live with that.

16 posted on 07/19/2008 10:28:10 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

They do SO WELL educating our children, that of course they should be given even more responsibilities over our children.

/sarc


17 posted on 07/19/2008 10:28:18 PM PDT by rottndog ( Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

bump


18 posted on 07/19/2008 10:38:10 PM PDT by lowbridge ("I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it" - Van Den Boogaard)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

On October 11, 2007, Weingarten publicly announced she was a lesbian. Weingarten introduced Liz Margolies, 54, a psychotherapist and health care activist, as her partner during the presentation of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s 2007 Community Service Award by Christine Quinn. Liz Margolies has a 15-year-old son in the New York City public school system.

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A friend of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, Weingarten has been named as a possible candidate to succeed Edward McElroy as the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

A former practicing attorney and teacher, Weingarten has tackled numerous gay rights issues while leading the UFT, including the establishment of domestic-partner benefits for municipal workers and adding anti-discrimination language to the teachers’ contracts.


19 posted on 07/19/2008 10:44:40 PM PDT by kcvl
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Lesbian health activist Liz Margolies

Coordinator of the Lesbian Cancer Initiative, Liz Margolies

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Liz Margolies is a psychotherapist who lives and works in Greenwich Village. She and her partner, Nancy Shaffran, a veterinarian, have a son, Wolfe.

Liz Margolies, LCSW, founder and executive director, has served the LGBT community for 25 years as a psychotherapist, political activist and volunteer before becoming the executive director of The LGBT Cancer Project.

20 posted on 07/19/2008 10:50:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Mobile Vulgus
People that work for the government (including teachers) should never be allowed to unionize.

What a refreshing idea! In fact that was the way things were in America until the 1960s when the liberal do-gooders prevailed. In those days a person didn't become a teacher, a cop or a fireman unless they were dedicated to the profession and were willing to make a financial sacrifice to enter public service. In those days the words "public service" really meant something.

21 posted on 07/19/2008 10:51:49 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Mobile Vulgus

““Imagine schools that are open all day and offer after-school and evening recreational activities, child care and preschool, tutoring and homework assistance,” the speech reads. “Schools that include dental, medical and counseling clinics.””

I think we shouldn’t expect schools to be all things to all people. They should be focused on education. We don’t need them to provide every other service from preschool to a full service carwash.


22 posted on 07/20/2008 6:28:27 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Bernard Marx


What a refreshing idea! In fact that was the way things were in America until the 1960s when the liberal do-gooders prevailed. In those days a person didn’t become a teacher, a cop or a fireman unless they were dedicated to the profession and were willing to make a financial sacrifice to enter public service. In those days the words “public service” really meant something”

Pretty sure that the cops and firemen were in unions by that point.


23 posted on 07/20/2008 6:28:58 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Mobile Vulgus

What a Great Idea! This woman is a true visionary!

We should make sure they have good living conditions, too, so the school should be attached to an apartment complex.

To make sure they eat nutritious food without transfats, we’ll serve it up in the dining hall.

We should probably make sure they don’t reproduce, too, since they can’t even take care of themselves. Depo-Provera would be simplest, but suppose the records got misfiled, and we didn’t know when it ran out? Maybe straight-up sterilization is the answer.

To pay for it all, the residents can do chores for outside companies.

What should we call this great program?

Special
Living
Arrangements for
Very
Extraordinary
Residential
Youth.


24 posted on 07/20/2008 6:55:56 AM PDT by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: nina0113

Slavery... great one!


25 posted on 07/20/2008 7:48:27 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: buccaneer81

For most of the history of the US, unions were illegal. Union meetings and work actions were broken up by police and national guard troops, their leaders arrested, members fired from their jobs. That was during the period of America’s greatest increase in productivity and world power. And that is how I believe unions should be treated today if we are to regain the economic power we once had.


26 posted on 07/20/2008 8:57:51 AM PDT by FFranco
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To: FFranco

Obviously, you don’t believe in freedom of association then. Arresting and breaking up meetings? What could be more un-american?

The answer lies in Freedom. Let people form unions for the purposes of collective bargaining all they want... let the employers fire them all they want. The right balance will be struck over time. Ultimately, employee turnover is costly, and in some industries a certain amount of collective bargaining will be tolerated. In others, it won’t be.


27 posted on 07/20/2008 9:00:08 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Ron Jeremy

Businesses can’t get together and fix prices, but union members can use their right of free association to fix the price of their labor. And if the employer doesn’t agree, then they strike and the employer can NOT fire strikers. If he replaces the striking workers, the union members commit violent acts against the replacements (scabs to unions) and refuse the allow the employer to carry on his lawful business. This is not free association and bargaining, it is extortion and would be illegal in any other context.


28 posted on 07/20/2008 9:12:05 AM PDT by FFranco
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To: FFranco
Businesses can’t get together and fix prices, but union members can use their right of free association to fix the price of their labor. And if the employer doesn’t agree, then they strike and the employer can NOT fire strikers. If he replaces the striking workers, the union members commit violent acts against the replacements (scabs to unions) and refuse the allow the employer to carry on his lawful business. This is not free association and bargaining, it is extortion and would be illegal in any other context.

You are missing what I am saying. I know unions suck now. I am saying though, that the answer is Freedom. Let them get together and form a union, and let the employer fire them if they want. If the union commits crimes, then those are crimes.

29 posted on 07/20/2008 9:19:18 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: DemonDeac
Pretty sure that the cops and firemen were in unions by that point.

Maybe so. Why don't you research it and get back to us? There were zero public employee unions where I lived at that time.

30 posted on 07/20/2008 9:25:32 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Ron Jeremy

If workers want to form a club and get together to talk about sports, or home improvement, etc., then that would be okay. But the moment they begin discussing what their employer should pay them, then they enter the realm of price fixing, which is illegal for employers and should be illegal for workers. Otherwise, I agree with you.


31 posted on 07/20/2008 9:44:35 AM PDT by FFranco
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To: Mobile Vulgus

People who work for the government should be restricted, like enlistments in the military. Careerism in government service is little more that “employment welfare”.

Yes, I have several years experience working with US civil service persons. AND I DO NOT RESPECT them as employees.


32 posted on 07/20/2008 11:08:04 AM PDT by Tahoe3002 (USMC 1972-1981)
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