Want to see where education in America is headed if we continue to allow public employee unions to trample taxpayers? Have a look at Illinois. This week brought a firestorm over news that the head of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System had broached the idea of reducing pension benefits for retired teachers.
When the president’s cronies talk about planning for the 21st century we should assume they are up to no good. Arne Duncan is still hard at work helping the president level the playing field while trying to free up money to appease teachers’ unions.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan sounded delusional as he pushed his department’s new Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy initiative. He talked about the importance of teaching civics in our schools, forgetting that the best way to teach is by example. Does Duncan really believe that Washington in the time of Barack Obama teaches a lesson that is anything but destructive to our democracy?
It starts on page eight of the American Jobs Act. Before any mention of provisions to help businesses get back on track and hiring, Democrats made sure that unions got their cut of the public’s money. Section 5, Wage Rate and Employment Protection Requirements, applies Davis-Bacon provisions to the bill’s infrastructure projects.
Why is it that no matter how much our government spends, and no matter what we are promised in return, things never get any better? Democratic stronghold Illinois could be over $8 billion in the hole next year despite a massive, retroactive tax increase (see: Illinois Raises Income Tax, Then Hikes Benefits).