Skip to comments.Romney slams striking Chicago teachers
Posted on 09/10/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the Chicago Teachers Union for its decision to turn its back on students in the Windy City after the labor group, representing teachers and support staff in the nations third-largest public school system, walked off the job for the first time time in 25 years.
Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet, said Mr. Romney, the GOPs presidential nominee.
The two sides are reportedly not far apart in salary negotiations, but other issues such as changes to health insurance packages and the implementation of evaluation systems that rank teachers partly based on students standardized tests scores are still outstanding. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, formerly President Obamas chief of staff, said the walkout is not a strike I wanted.
It was a strike of choice
its unnecessary, its avoidable and its wrong, he said.
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Romney should not have commented, IMO. Local issue. And needlessly pits him as the rich plutocrat against the (media fabricated) poor teacher.
Now we are talking! My exact thoughts! I made this one about a year ago.
I don’t see it going that way. Most of the coverage seems to accurately portray the teachers as what they are, (in some ways, to support Rahm). We hear about the children being disenfranchised and that paints the teachers unions as selfish, greedy hacks.... which is exactly what they are.
“Before you can fix the schools, you will have to break the teachers unions.”
Teachers unions and the Department of Education thanks alot Jimmah
back in the 70s if I recall, the head of the NYC teachers union said when students start paying union dues,then we’ll start caring about students....
Weigh in. What the hell. My guess is the mom’s will see him as the savior of free babysitting.
Don’t know what his motivation is. Maybe he’s growing a backbone. Could this have been focus-grouped already?
The quote is disputed (naturally!) But it was Al Shanker, president of the United Federation of Teachers, who was quoted as saying: “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, thats when Ill start representing the interests of school children.”
Romney slams striking Chicago teachers
I’m not impressed...
When is Willard going to slam Obama for his EOs on the illegal alien children, gay marriage ???
and gays in the military, gays marching in gay pride parades in US military uniforms ???
Rush was just commenting on how ironic that the NEA members are striking over issues regarding health care. How can this be in Chicago, when 0bama is president and Rahm is mayor, and their brainchild, 0bamacare, is the law of the land?
It’s interesting that the unions tell their members to strike over health care issues. And will continue to do so, even when they will have waivers from 0bamacare, and will also have better health care plans than 0bamacare rations to us.
I agree and same with the Todd Akin debachle. Right or wrong, nobody wants Washington prying into their state and local issues.
Agreed. Too easy to distort it into a Romney is anti-teacher, anti-student, anti-education, and anti-union attack ad.
I don’t see any political advantage in Romney’s comment.
Respectfully disagree. Collective bargaining is a Federal issue. If Romney wins, The choices Romney makes for appointment to the Department of Labor will affect collective bargaining over the next four years. Thus, it’s fair for Romney to give his opinions on the subject.
As to whether it helps him get elected, I have no idea.
Shouldn’t have commented but doesn’t mean he wasn’t right.
In the meantime the teachers are hurting the children and Rahm Emanuel says they made the wrong choice. Easy for him to say because he put his three children into a private school this year.
Al Shanker, President of the American Federation of Teachers
“When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”
At least he was in touch with reality, unlike so many liberals who think they’re doing it for the children.
Yes he should have. Keep commenting. I’m sure some pretty upset parents.
They should not only strike, they should git out the way and go someplace else as quickly as possible.
Now the chillun', what can I say about Chicago's poor chillun'. They may never grow up given the murder rate there.
What a horrid place.
Note: George Bush didn't do that!
if the parents care about those kids, theyll pony up the bucks...
Time to put all the kids into the Kahn academy.
Romney (Republicans) needs to turn the tables on Obama and pick fights like this that unite Republicans and fracture the Democrat coalitions.
Now the progressives on MSNBC will be asking why Obama is not supporting the ‘teachers’ against mean old Romney's attacks. Posts like today's Weekly Standard (Free ThinkerNY post here) taunting Dems on Obama’s silence is perfect.
Unfortunately Republicans have been great at jumping into traps laid by Dems instead of trapping them.
HA-HA, you sound just like me.
You are right. America's future depends on these poor underpaid overworked (they only get 4 months vacation and holidays) teachers.
Maybe its time for a special public education tax ‘for the children’. Obama already has us paying for most of their college with his give-away 'student loan' program. A great investment.
agreed... my 2 sisters own 2 homes each.. they work 4 days a week, they have summers off to spend at their vacation homes on the lake... they make each about 78,000 a year.. they will each retire in 5 years at a wonderful pension rate...
I’m paying for their wonderful lifestyle with my taxes..if there is ever any talk about even a 2 % increase in their health insurance contribution, they start screaming : how could the state do this to the “kids”...
it annoys the h*ll out of me... so much so I have learned to stay silent about these issues with them.. trust me, if they only knew what I really think... I doubt I’d be able to see them anymore. I don’t lie to them, I just state I disagree and we leave it at that.
Where I live in Maryland a typical property tax bill is $6K and the tax $$ breakdown says that most of it goes to our public schools, and we pay income tax to state and county at the same time. That is another $6K. OMalley says that is not enough.
O malley just bragged about our *schools* in beginning his DNC speech last week.
” - - - Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet, said Mr. Romney - - - “
Keep it up Mitt! Show us that you have a strong spine! Stand up to the Teacher’s Unions! 400,000 Chicago school children are counting on you!
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lets see..Romney is giving up teacher votes , union votes, illegal votes. welfare votes anything else.
Free Birth control/Abortion voters. How about gays?
He wasnt getting those anyway so the strategy should be to convince them not to vote at all..
Rahm Emanuel? His good friend Soetero is going to throw him under the bus, back the strikers, and lose at least half a dozen close-call states.
Soetero will join arms with him, and hold Illinois, counting on the non-thinking straight-ticket Demwit voters to carry him through the election.
but most likely...
Soetero will make another of his long line of ad hominem attacks on Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and all other Republicans.
Option three of course.
Not smart. He’s stepping right into a trap.
Ahhh, Public Schools....
“You cant make Socialists out of individualists children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”
-John Dewey, the father of Progressive Education
Right from the mouth of the Piece of Crap that started it all...
The local news showed a lot of kids being upset about this.
The 90% who are thrilled were too busy playing video games to contribute to the report.
The teachers union boss is a real slimy witch. Karen Lewis, she could go as Jabba the Hutt for Halloween without needing a costume.
Funny how leftist pioneers like that jerk and the planned parenthood witch nakedly stated their intentions.
My mom was a teacher. She’s surprised that teachers who are paid $76,000, per year, demand a raise.
“...nakedly stated their intentions....”
They always did and do.
Our side just never believed they’d seriously pull it off.
Until 2009, that is.
Sorta like locking the barn door after the local Democrat stole your horse and mule.
Chicago Teachers have the highest average pay in the nation. Now with certain data factored in New York tops out as number one. However, that doesn't include NY's higher cost of living, which puts Chicago Teachers back at number one. But yet the teachers want 'More'!
Add to that, the fact that Chicago already spends more money per pupil than any other place in the USA and the end result is a high school graduation rate of 40%! But yet the teachers want 'More'!
So even it is a 'local issue', it's a 'local issue' like Wisconsin was. This local issue again shows every working stiff in America whose barely scraping by under Obama how greedy and self-serving 'Obama's Unions' are:
The children, parents, and taxpayers be damned - We Want More! So get a THIRD JOB you cheapskates and give us your money - or else!I feel dirty defending Rahm, but these 'poor teachers' in Chicago are scum. And their union leader Karen Lewis is the biggest POS(scum) walking the earth. Or in her case waddling is more like it.
Wisconsin was a big win for us. It is perfectly appropriate that he commented. And if Rahm is in line with Governor Walker on this, so be it.
Want to hear a good one. I read it earlier in the comment section of the Sun-Times. It was an article about the strike. The comment was made by ... a Chicago Teacher and she said (paraphrasing).
'You people criticizing the teachers pay don't know what you're talking about. The average starting pay for a Chicago Teacher is only $47,000. They wouldn't make $71,000 until they've been teaching for eleven years, or nine years with a Masters degree, blah-blah-blah....'Oh those POOR SOULS!!! A starting salary on 'only' $47K and then -- oh the humanity! -- had to work for an entire ELEVEN YEARS until their pay JUMPED by $24,000 (66.2%) to $71K!! My calculator says that's an average $2,182 a year, or 6.02% divided evenly.
Now I sure worked in companies more than eleven years and my pay never jumped like that! Yes, I got raises and promotions, but my responsibilities increased accordingly. I didn't just have to sit there and count calender years.
I couldn't believe that 'teacher' was actually trying to get sympathy. Then I did believe it, after all she was in the teachers union. No common sense required.
Romney should have said that the federal government and presidential candidates shouldn’t be involved in education, since that violates the 10th Amendment.
While I was in the navy, in Iraq, I had been in the navy for 19 years, and my salary was about $3800, per month.
“The teachers union boss is a real slimy witch. Karen Lewis, she could go as Jabba the Hutt for Halloween without needing a costume.”
Tha fatty hasn’t missed to many meals, eh?
Chuzzlewit, my sister sounds JUST LIKE your sisters. And I’ll freely admit it, when she CRIES about a 2% increase in her health insurance contribution, I’ve told her she’s a leech and to go f**k herself.
And I don’t regret it one bit. Hell, Mom agrees with me (about the leech part that is...she told me I was over the top with the Eastwoodism).
Now sis trying to extend the ‘olive branch’ to me by saying she likes Scott Brown. My response is: “That’s nice. He’d be a RAT in most states anyway.”
sickoflibs: What I pay in property taxes for a 1BR condo...I’m getting teary eyed.
I HATE any and all RATS, their agenda and what they stand for.
This fight is interesting because Obama is forced to side against the teachers Union since this time it is Ron Emanuel's fight against them,
I still say that Republicans should play this up to fracture the Dem's unity. That is how they (Dems) fight Republicans, to get them to shoot each other.
“That is how they (Dems) fight Republicans, to get them to shoot each other.”
Turn it back on them and let then shoot each other.
You forget the American-African, tree hugger, college students with loans, Latino, atheist, Muslim, Hollywood, vegetarian votes. Think that pretty much covers it.
She ate her predecessor.
“She ate her predecessor.”
...and her dog.