Dear Readers: Today’s title comes from the Young Prince’s simile homework project, in which I invoked fart comparisons to inspire my son and his friend’s literary growth. For example:
Yes, when you bring up flatulence with 8-year old scholars, hilarity ensures. However, when the stench permeates institutions that are suppose to guard the people’s interests, it stops being funny.
Let me expand my comparison by relating the tale of my husband’s recent experience at a PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEE UNION RALLY. When Horemheb went to Serra High School last Wednesday, he was under the mistaken impression he was going to a TOWNHALL — where he could actually debate the merits of PROPOSITION J and challenge the promoters on assertions the teachers union was making about the measure and their contract.
Questioning comments were not welcome nor invited. In fact, the whole event was essentially a series of speeches saying that we should be adding MORE TAXES ($100/parcel) because other cities were doing it.
DELUXE BONUS: The union/organizers trotted out a bogus poll to show 64% of San Diegans were supportive of Proposition J, and the people there needed to bring their friends into the polls to put the measure over the top.
Your tax dollars at work, my friends!
If my husband had gotten an opportunity to question the union members/organizers, he would have challenged them on the assertion that no salaries/pensions would be paid with that money — it would be going to school support.
The parcel tax is suppose to be for 5 years; the new union contract only goes to 2013 — when it can be tweaked to funnel parcel funds to wherever the union wants.
Furthermore, the new contract gives teachers a series of raises that total 7% increases. Who among us private sector rubes is getting 7% salary increases in these recessionary times?
Worried about nurses or other support staff? Despite union fear mongering, once that new contact is in place, nurses cannot be let go.
Not one damn dues-paying union employee can be canned.
My husband scanned the proposed contraction, which is linked below. He even highlighted a few key sections:
To make the evening even more special, Horemheb even overheard a comment from one of the panelists that the Teacher Union Elite Leaders were itching to strike should we rubes not roll over in support of this golden contract. It seems that the Elite Union Leaders anticipate more press, power, and influence in the wake of a strike.
My husband also noted that the speaker, being public employees, couldn’t come out and directly promote proposition J. However, the San Diego Unified Board Member, Katerine Nakamura, did.
Here is the stinkiest part of this reeking tale: Katherine Nakamura is the least supportive of union hijinks, so she is running a write-in campaign because the union found a way to jettison her. For that reason alone, she has my vote. We just have to find a few more representatives concerned about the average citizen!
W.C. Varones as a related piece today: Government employee unions getting the best Congress they can buyAlso, HillBuzz posts a ground report from Minnesota about an odorous tactic that reeks of teacher union involvement.
I also wanted to link to a few pieces that covered the stench of decay clinging to the legacy media. In this past week, I was struck by the blatant back-peddling of the Washington Post/Associated Press in their coverage of the O’Donnell/Coons debate (Delaware Senate). When research revealed O’Donnell’s remarks about the absence of the “separation of church and state” wording in the First Amendment were spot-on, the WaPo’s lying report was amended substantially without correction. Patterico’s Pontifications has the full analysis, with screen shots. It is well worth reading: WaPo/AP CAUGHT REVISING THE O’DONNELL/COONS DEBATE STORY WITHOUT CORRECTION. The whole thing smells of Rather-Gate.
NPR’s firing of Juan Williams highlights the lack of tolerance the elite media has for anyone not willing to hold their nose in support of “progressive” viewpoints. It will be recalled by many of our Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition members how these braniacs tried to paint our local groups as a bunch of racist hicks (see W.C. Varones classic: IS NPR A HATE GROUP).
KPBS, the local NPR affiliate, titles a discussion on Tea Parties “Are Tea Partiers Hate Groups?” The panel included Richard Rider, who eloquently explained the Tea Party movement, a Poway Tea Party woman who was sincere but a bit confused and garbled, a “peace” professor and a Southern Poverty Law Center representative. Rider had to single-handedly calmly explain what the Tea Party was about as the hysterical leftist panelists and NPR listeners speculated about racist motives and terrorist offshoots. Our friend Sarah Bond also phoned in and had a couple minutes and did a great job enlightening the paranoid. The callers had the typical naive NPR-listener viewpoints and comments. A sampling (paraphrased):
This reminds me when I met several of their elite reporters at a press event being hosted by my gracious political editor at the San Diego News Network. One of them boldly stated to our faces that the Tea Party participants were racists. Charles Caesar stepped in, and calmly engaged this a$$ on the realities of Tea Party participation. When another NPR type insisted all Tea Partiers were fundamentalist Christian Republicans, I countered I was a Catholic Democrat and a co-founder of a Tea Party group. Truly, a special night.
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The Liberator Today: A graphic comparison of UK vs US deficits.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JR. DEPUTY ACCOUNTANT!
The Anchoress has posted an outstanding video: Yes Ma’am.