Yeah, I know. I havenâ€™t done much actual writing lately. Itâ€™s just that itâ€™s hard to write when smoke is pouring out of oneâ€™s ears. Like most people who donâ€™t watch reality shows or â€œWheel of Fortune,â€ I have been watching the travesty in Wisconsin and the attempts by the
class warfare, anarchist assholes protestors to turn this country into Greece.
Unions: I could go on for pages and pages, but the bottom line is that the shit that is flying around in Wisconsin (and which will doubtless be coming to other states) has nothing â€“ absolutely nothing â€“ to do with private sector unions. Franklin Roosevelt, the icon of the liberals, understood the difference between private sector and public sector unions, as did George Meany, Mr. Labor Union (neither favored public sector unions). If you donâ€™t understand or appreciate the difference between private sector unions and public sector unions, I have neither the time nor the inclination to deal with you. Educate yourselves, and then maybe weâ€™ll talk.
Oh, and please donâ€™t think that I have something against teachers. I have the utmost admiration for the teaching profession. If it werenâ€™t for teachers, I would not be able to read, write or make change. I have benefitted from having some wonderful teachers. (N.B. Iâ€™ve also had my share of lemons.)
I have good friends and family members who are teachers â€“ damned good teachers, every one of them. In fact, they are so good and so dedicated that it pains me to see that, by virtue of their union membership, they cannot be paid what they truly are worth. Instead, they are paid exactly the same as some burned-out, dumb, tenured shit who â€œmails it inâ€ every day until he/she can retire with a boatload of cash.
Iâ€™ve worked my entire life in the private sector, where if you work harder than the next guy and are better than the next guy, youâ€™ll make more money than the next guy. If youâ€™re a slacker, youâ€™re out of a job. I wouldnâ€™t have had it any other way. If youâ€™re a good teacher â€“ better than the next guy â€“ why would you want it any other way?