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I remember my grade school principal walking into our class and telling us that the school was closing for the day and for us to prepare to board our schoolbusses. I was distressed to find, when I got home that the President had been killed. I did not know until adulthood that in 1962, President John Kennedy issued Executive Order 10988, affirming the right of federal workers to organize and codifying their right to bargain collectively. Thus JFK was the culprit that laid the groundwork for the plague of locusts referred to as “Public Sector Unions”.  (Or as the Democrats call them, “Moneybags”.

The unions are resisting fiscal reforms, even though they are picking the pockets of private sector workers. Are salaries and benefits a right? Steve Green reminds PJTV viewers that rights belong to the individual, not the collective. Hear more about the future of labor, public service unions, and the Wisconsin protests on this episode of Trifecta.

▶ Money Grubbing Thugs: Public Sector Unions Can’t Stop Devouring Taxpayer Money – YouTube.

And from the Seattle Times another union paradigm for collaboration with the National Socialists:

It’s obvious that if some foreign entity were to conspire to dumb down our children as today’s teachers union is doing (the NEA), it would be an act of war. So why do these teacher union thugs get a pass from our wrath?

As our modern-day government run school system pumps out raving failures year after year, public apathy seems to keep pace with the same ignorance fostered by government school incompetence.

This new NEA SS guard is taking over the public schools, and are opting to teach our children the rudiments of their faulty strain of collectivism which has as its goal “equal outcome” (a.k.a. outcome-based education) as opposed to equal opportunity.

Instead of teaching reading, writing and arithmetic, these incompetent NEA-trained teachers are instead teaching our kids how to install a latex condom onto a banana.

While laying claim to a “values neutral” school system, they are indoctrinating our children with various strains of humanistic thinking, as well as incorporating ancient pagan beliefs about nature.

Teacher’s Union — Schools Are Training Idiots To Become Drain On Our Society

Or maybe Craig Becker from the NLRB found a way to threaten them.

From: Ford facing shortage of Focus models due to dashboard supplier issue

We’re nearly certain that robots will one day rise up and take over the planet. We’ve watched The Terminator enough times now to see how the scenario will play out. Thankfully, robots aren’t advanced enough yet to ruin your life, but they might be smart enough to ruin your day… at least if you’re a car buyer waiting to pick up a brand-new 2012 Ford Focus.

Production of the popular compact has reportedly been hampered by a machine that makes dashboard coverings. Apparently, the Detroit area supplier’s equipment takes unscheduled breaks, and only works intermittently. According to the Associated Press, this issue has put the hurt on Focus production, forcing Ford to fly in needed parts from European vendors in an effort to try and keep assembly moving. That’s a spendy way to make sure the Focus get its dash material, but Ford doesn’t have other options at the moment.

To read aout the problems being caused by recess appointing of the SEIU’s Chief Council to the National Labor Relations Board read this article at “The Daily Caller”:

As Boeing factory debate heats up, past writings of NLRB member Craig Becker raise questions

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John Aglialoro, producer of the new “Atlas Shrugged” film, joined Rick Folbaum to talk about why he felt it was so important to get this movie made and why it took so long to bring it to the big screen.

The Wall Street Journal’s blog Speakeasy has some helpful background on the book, and on Rand:

Rand and her army of ideological adherents—both then and now—claim that “Atlas Shrugged” is the greatest novel ever written. Even those who have never read it know the plot: America’s productive titans go on strike against a progressively intrusive, tax-happy, and morally corrupt socialistic government until, at last, the nation’s “looters and moochers” beg them to come back and restore prosperity on their terms, ending with the promise of a utopia of the competent and the strong. “For the first time [in history], you have depicted persons and their actions in perfect accordance with principles and their consequences,” libertarian founding father Murray Rothbard wrote to Rand about the book in 1957, adding that she had “a mind that I unhesitatingly say is the most brilliant of the twentieth century.” (A few years later, he compared her exercise of control over the minds of her followers to the cults of Hitler, Mao, and Trotsky.) Delineating a world in which productive, purposeful people like herself could thrive without being thwarted by the envy, greed, or interference of others less gifted was her life’s mission. She accomplished it in “Atlas Shrugged” and wanted to see nothing less than a movie that represented her imagined world in all its glorious details and dark colors.

The reason tha Atlas opened in only 300 theaters was that without a “distribution deal” with a distributor they didn’t have the money to do more. However being sold out over the opening weedend attracted the needed money.

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From National Review:

But status quo and stagnation are not an appealing platform, especially for one who campaigned as the candidate of hope and change. Democrats are playing defense, hoping for a shift of opinion. So far, it hasn’t happened.

The public-employee unions hoped to defeat a Republican Supreme Court justice and create an activist liberal majority that might overturn the law. Turnout increased from 793,000 in April 2009 to 837,000 in the February 2011 primary to 1,494,000 last week, and examination of the returns shows big increases where unions are strong.

Maybe the taxpayers are tired of being enslaved by the tax-eaters? If not, oh well Heinlein (for those of you that don’t “get” Who is John Galt?) explained it this way:

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”
— Robert Heinlein

I have been wondering about the seemingly incoherent policies propagating out of the District of Corruption and trying to develop a model of thinking and goals that would be consistent with the insanity. I have had to abandon any thought of citizen or taxpayer well-being or maintenance of American exceptionalism in order to come up with a somewhat consistent model.

The District of Corruption has become, in essence, a wholesale club sized Faculty Lounge that has developed a plan to run the country as a university focused on the welfare of the faculty over the students or the payers of the tuition.

First is the plan to get out of debt seems to be Quantitative Easing III, IV, V, VI, and however many more it takes to make all those outstanding Treasury Bills (and their interest obligations) worthless. The fact that it will impoverish the American citizenry is as Microsoft used to say, “not a bug, but a feature.” It will wipe out the rich as well as the successful and the thrifty, thus putting all citizens’ welfare in the hands of those best qualified to judge a persons worth (no not the free market, that is seen as cruel, unfair and idiotic to the insufficiently rewarded, it must be those with the wisdom of Solomon, the Tenured).

This destruction of the dollar not only gets us out of debt while punishing those so rude to have been more successful in the free market than the new masters, but also sets the stage for the resurgence of America as a “properly structured society.” In other words the serfs need to acknowledge their proper place in the presence of their accredited and credentialed betters.

That brings us to the master stroke. In claiming that the oil companies get a “tax incentive” by writing off business expenses such as depreciation, exploration, and the cost of failed production attempts (things that legitimate costs of doing business in every other business, just bigger numbers in the oil business), the stage is set for the DOE to revoke all leases and nationalize the oil fields. After the dollar has been destroyed and whether the new currency that purchases oil is a “basket of currencies” or the PetroBuck® the wealth in the oil fields of what was previously called the United States will be more than enough to support the proletariat in their virtual slavery while the masters party like Nero. Issuing decrees as the Gods from Olympus (you have to “properly guide” those serfs, dontcha know?).

The protests in Wisconsin are just the surface of a far, far larger phenomenon taking place beneath the surface. In this Firewall, Bill examines the three great waves of human civilization, and how what we are seeing in Madison is a war the Unions ultimately cannot win.

I can’t understand how Trade Unions and others like the Mine Workers can stand with government unions. I have sent much of my like in “Right to Work” states and have specifically requested trade union sub-contractors for building projects because I have watched unions like the IBEW train, certify and produce exceptional tradesmen ofttimes working with less than “prime” candidates. To me someone who has gone through a trade union’s training is much preferred over someone simply “licensed” by government. The mining, seafaring and manufacturing unions whose primary objectives are the safety and just treatment of their members are also good organizations. This i not to say I believe in union protectionism. I believe that unions should have to sell their product to the members and their worth to their consumers. “Look for the union label” used to mean higher quality, and it still should.

Government unions (and now the UAW with their cozy relationship and funding running back and forth with corrupticrat politicians) are the ones that draw my ire and the following video sums it up in a nutshell. The Government Unions have become the way to make the taxpayer fund big government politicians at the expense of the taxpayers.

I’ve been told for my entire life that public-school teachers are underpaid. Even if that was true at one time, is it true any longer?

Public school teachers are at the forefront of protests against state budget cuts and restrictions on collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Ohio, and elsewhere.

Teachers have a lot to lose. According to Department of Education statistics, in 2007-2008 (the latest year available), full-time public school teachers across the country made an average of $53,230 in “total school-year and summer earned income.” That compares favorably to the $39,690 that private school teachers pulled down.

And when it comes to retirement benefits, public school teachers do better than average too. According to EducationNext, government employer contribute the equivalent of 14.6 percent of salary to retirement benefits for public school teachers. That compares to 10.4 for private-sector professionals.

Those levels of compensation help explain why per-pupil school costs have risen substantially over the past 50 years. In 1960-61, public schools spent $2,769 per student, a figure that now totals over $10,000 in real, inflation-adjusted dollars. Among the things that threefold-plus increase in spending has purchased are more teachers per student. In 1960, the student-teacher ratio in public schools was 25.8; it’s now at a historic low of 15.

Among the things all that money hasn’t bought? Parental satisfaction, for one. Despite public teachers’ much-higher salaries, parents with school-age children in public schools report substantially lower satisfaction rates than parents with children in private schools. In 2007, the percentage of parents with children in assigned public schools who were “very satisfied” with the institution was 52 percent. For parents whose children attended public schools of choice, that figure rose to 62 percent. Parents sending their children to private schools, whether religious or non-sectarian, were “very satisfied” 79 percent of the time.

It’s little wonder that parents with little or no choice report the lowest-levels of satisfaction (about 90 percent of K-12 students attend public schools). Despite all the extra resources devoted to public school teachers and students, student achievement has been absolutely flat over the past 40 years. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is “the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.” When it comes to 17-year-old students (effectively, high-school seniors), nothing has changed since reporting began in the early 1970s. In 1971, 17-year-old students averaged 285 points (out of 500) in reading. In 2008, that had risen to 286. For math in 1973, the average score was 304 (out of 500). In 2008, it was 306.

Public school teachers make about $14,000 a year more in straight salary than private school teachers; when you add in benefits, the gap widens even more. They teach fewer students than ever before and taxpayers at all levels spend increasing amounts of money on education. Yet for all that, the best you can say is that we’re spending more than three times as much money as we were 40 years ago for exactly the same outcomes.

The National Governors Association says that states are looking at $175 billion in shortfalls over the next two years. Local governments are in the red too. As legislators look for places to cut or reduce spending, there’s no question that public school teachers have a lot to lose in terms of compensation.

And there’s no question that, even if there were no budget emergencies, the nation’s public school system is failing to return much of anything on an ever-growing pile of tax dollars.

Reason looks at the facts and intersperses the data with some now-familiar scenes of teacher protests, set to a particularly apt piece of music.

Democratic Assemblyman Gordon Hintz pointed and exploded at female Conservative Michelle Litjens saying, “you’re dead” … there was also an f-bomb in there somewhere. She was completely taken off guard and continues to tell Bill Hemmer how, “She was shaken up.” For more, log onto http://www.foxnewsinsider.com.