article reveals that $100 billion dollars of the Theftocrats' porkulous hustle was appropriated for the federal Education Department. This "effectively doubled the agency's budget from 2008 to 2009."
No other federal department's budget was doubled, so why education? It is all about the money. The "National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers(AFT)--contributed more than $70 million to campaigns during the 2007-2009 season, with 95 percent going to Democrats and left leaning causes." First, the Theftocrats steal the money from taxpayers and give it to the government education unions who give it back to the Theftocrats to get them re-elected. This smells quite a lot like extortion and bribery.
Recently, the Obomunista Congress donated another $10 billion to the the educrats under the guise of saving 100,000 teaching jobs. This amounts to $100,000 per job in comparison to the $54,000 average teacher's salary. From this welfare, "NEA and AFT have $24 million in dues" that they will realize from this con job. It is hardly a coincidence that Pelosi the Pink called the House into a special session to approve this handout just prior to the November elections.
Michelle Malkin writes that according "to the Washington, DC-based Labor Union Report, the National Education Association in 2009 'raked in $355,334,165 in dues and agency fees' from...teachers around the country." The Edujobs welfare scam "will essentially redistribute tax dollars to the teachers' unions to the tune of $36 million for the [NEA] and $14 million to the [AFT] according to the Grand Rapids (Mich) Press."
House Speaker Nitwit Nancy referred to the Edutheft bill as an emergency provision. However, as "Republican critics point out, states and the feds still have $30 billion in unspent stimulus funds sitting in government coffers." This in spite of the fact that "school districts are already in the midst of rehiring school workers laid off earlier this year," before the latest $10 billion taxpayer rip off.
The NEA's top lawyer Bob Chanin has "made the union's true interests apparent." He brags that there "are 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars each year [to] advance their interests as education employees." That's right, their interests are "not serving children's needs, but serving the ability to build a power base," a power base that is used to leverage Congress into shafting taxpayers.
In New York, the city's education union is preventing the Bloomberg administration from closing ineffective schools. This is featherbedding at its worst. Considering recent test results, the only valid question to be asked is why have they not been closed already? At the "Choir Academy of Harlem, the percentage of students passing the English test dropped to 6 percent, from 42 percent. At the Academy of Collaborative Education...eighth grade passing rates dropped to 2 percent, from 49 percent," after more challenging standards were instituted. The "exams, state education officials said, had become too easy to pass, their definition of proficiency [was] no longer meaningful."
Fear not, the bureaucrats have a plan. When the numbers reveal failure, it is time to revalue the numbers to avoid a "rise in negative teacher performance reviews, which are based party on state tests; and substandard principal performance reviews." Due to wide spread failures, the system will grade schools arbitrarily this year. A quarter of them will be assigned "A's, 35 percent B's, 25 percent C's, ten percent D's, and five percent F's." City spokesman Matthew Mittenthal explained that everything "is being rejiggered to take into account this fluctuation." Don't listen to Mark Twain; statistics do not lie.
asserts that teachers "complain when they're getting '4%-5% salary increases a year in a 0% inflation world. They get free health care benefits from the day they are hired for their entire family until the day they die. They believe they are entitled to this shelter from the recession when the people who are paying for that shelter are the people who have been laid off, who've lost their homes, had their hours cut back. And all we ask them to do is to freeze their salary for one year and pay 1.5% of their salary for their health benefits...everyone's got to be part of the sacrifice.'
However, the Corruptocrats will continue to plunder the taxpayers' wallets until they lose control of both houses of Congress. That should begin early this November.
May your gods be with you.