Archive for the ‘Unions’ Category

It doesn’t take much thinking to realize that the teachers unions own the Democrats. The dispute is over, too, about whether the teachers unions care most about the dues-paying instructors or the kids. As the saying goes, follow the money. It’s that simple.

Democrats have sided with the unions, who have sided with the teachers. The comparison couldn’t be clearer. While government schools demand more money to re-open, parochial schools and other private schools have been open this entire school year. In Sen. Rubio’s e-letter update, Sen. Rubio highlights just how frightened Democrats are of the teachers unions.

In his e-letter update, Sen. Rubio wrote “For weeks, the Biden Administration has danced around the important issue of reopening our schools, ignoring the science and refusing to side with parents and children over teachers unions. Today, the Biden Administration once again demonstrated that they have no intention of fulfilling the President’s promise to students and families. Having 50 percent of schools offering in-person instruction one day a week is not what millions of parents and students across the nation think of as schools reopening. This goal ignores the fact that over 50 percent of school districts have already offered a fully in-person or hybrid option for all of the 2020-2021 school year.”

This video is spot-on:

It’s time for this spineless idiot in the White House to stand up to the unions and instead stand with students and their parents. Further, it’s time to stop thinking of Biden as a moderate. That’s a myth. He’s as much a radical as Bernie is. This is how stupid things have gotten:


Hen house, meet the fox. This is beyond disappointing. If ever there was a time for a push for a robust school choice program, including an opportunity scholarship program, it’s now. When unions have more control over students’ educations, it’s time to change.

If you want to learn how to demolish teenage lives, just read Salena Zito’s latest article, titled The kids aren’t alright. In the article, she writes about how Lena Carson went from being a talented student to a kid on the brink of failing.

She wrote “One year ago, Lena Carson was pulling straight A’s at the city’s Creative and Performing Arts School across the river from her parent’s home. She also swam every day at the local YMCA in preparation to compete at the annual state competition and enjoyed the everyday social life of a teenager. Today, she is sitting at home. Again.”

Zito continued:

A bright student who skipped a grade, her straight A’s have dipped to D’s, and Lena says she struggles to complete assignments, not because she can’t but because of the lost will. “I have nothing to look forward to,” she said.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Board of Education announced that Pittsburgh Public Schools students would not return to buildings until at least April; it marked the fourth time in 12 months the district announced students would return to classes only to rescind the opening just before the doors were set to open. The board voted 7-2 against it, with the members citing health and safety for students and staff.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers union president said keeping the students out of the schools was the wise thing to do until the teaching staff was fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s how unions demolish kids’ initiative and potential. If union teachers won’t teach, they should be fired and denied their pensions. If another union insists that student staff and safety is the issue preventing a return to in-person learning, they should be decertified forthwith.

This article is another look at a major side effect of the COVID lockdown:

Ann Bauer recently sat in on a meeting between Minnesota State Sen. Melisa Franzen and her constituents during which desperate parents aired their concerns about their children who are not allowed to return to school. Bauer is a Minnesota-based author who was recently given inside access to a virtual town hall between Franzen and her constituents. Bauer did not disclose Franzen’s name in her account — the Minnesota Reformer confirmed it independently.

“However bad/sad/depressing I thought it would be, it was worse,” Bauer opened her report. “Let me start by saying, this is a wealthy district. Maybe one of the top 5 in the state … I thought, They’re fine! I should be worrying about the families in real need. Well, they’re not fine.”

The parents in the meeting told Franzen “about suicidal kids, their own and others … They described girls who hid in their rooms and cried and boys falling so far behind they might never catch up.”

This is Gov. Walz’s fault. It’s also the DFL’s fault, too. They own this state of disrepair in Minnesota. The GOP hasn’t had the authority to make any decisions.

Whether in Chicago, Minnesota or Pennsylvania, Democrats own the school lockdown crisis. It’s time for a nationwide push for school choice, featuring opportunity scholarships. We’ve seen what the teachers unions and Democrat politicians have done. It’s time to take control out of their hands. The faster it’s’ done, the better for students it’ll be.

Newt Gingrich’s weekly Newsweek column highlights the opinion that Republicans should be optimistic going into 2022. Then Gingrich lays out why they should be optimistic through some statistics.

Gingrich notes that “Today, there are 27 Republican governors. In 23 states, Republicans control the legislature as well as the governorship. There are 4,007 Republican state legislators to 3,312 Democratic state legislators (with Republicans on the rise). The state legislator advantage means Republicans will draw the lines for reapportionment for about four times as many House seats as the Democrats.”

Once redistricting is finished and people start focusing in on the Democrats’ disgusting loyalty to the teachers unions, the Democrats’ mudslinging won’t be effective. The people are frustrated beyond belief that private schools have been open since the start of this school year. These parents are pi$$ed that Democrats march in lockstep to the teachers unions’ drums. What the teachers unions want, Democrats get for them. This interview is filled with propaganda:

First, the BS that teachers love children above all else is dishonest on steroids. Next, the notion that teachers want to return to class as soon as possible is BS. If that’s true, they should tell their union leadership to reach an agreement with the school district ASAP. They haven’t done that. Third, 70% of teachers in Chicago voted against returning to in-person learning. That’s an overwhelming majority. This is worth noting:

The House freshman class (the most diverse GOP freshman class in history) and President Trump’s achievement in getting the most minority votes of any Republican presidential candidate in 60 years bode well for continued growth for a party of prosperity and opportunity. The Left is desperate to create a pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump civil war in the GOP. It will not happen. President Trump is by far the best-known and most-liked Republican. But the Republican Party is much bigger than any one person.

Liz Cheney apparently doesn’t want a political future:

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., called on her colleagues to cut off former President Donald Trump as his second Senate impeachment trial is set to begin this week. Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching Trump last month for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Cheney was censured by her state party over the vote and is facing a primary challenge, though she easily won a vote of confidence last week to remain House Republican Conference chair.

“We have to take a really hard look at who we are and what we stand for, what we believe in,” Cheney told “Fox News Sunday.” “I think that when you look at both [Trump’s] actions leading up to Jan. 6, that he was impeached in a bipartisan fashion, the fact that he lost the presidency, the fact that we lost the Senate. We have to be in a position where we can say we stand for principles, for ideals.”

Apparently, Cheney didn’t notice that she’s on the wrong side of the activists. Never-Trumpers rarely notice such things. President Trump got activists so excited that 75,000,000 people voted for him. That’s in addition to 2,500,000 volunteers knocking on doors and making phone calls for him. That’s the largest activist army in the history of the GOP. These weren’t paid staffers. These were volunteers.

I don’t doubt that the teachers unions will show up for Democrats. At this point, though, I’m certain that tons of parents will show up to vote against the politicians that didn’t stand up to the teachers unions. These parents are mad as hell and they’re already rebelling against the unions. Enrollment in private and Catholic schools has already increased significantly.

It isn’t surprising to anyone who pays attention to politics that the teachers unions are sabotaging children and schools. Being surprised by that is like being surprised at finding out that Jeff Bezos is rich.

This time it was in the wealthy, New York City-adjacent suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, where Superintendent Jonathan Ponds announced late Friday “with deep regret” that the schools, closed for the past 319 days, wouldn’t even be reopening on a hybrid basis (half-in, half-remote), because negotiations with the Montclair Education Association (MEA) broke down. “I realize how unsettling this news is,” Ponds added.

The union seeks Plexiglass barriers, millions of dollars in ventilation upgrades, and for teachers to be vaccinated (New Jersey, unlike New York, does not as yet prioritize teachers for vaccines). MEA President Petal Robertson said in a statement, “It is our duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for our staff and a sound educational plan for our students.”

This issue might’ve reached a tipping point at the Loudoun County School Board meeting. Here’s what happened:

I don’t know this gentleman’s name but he’s clearly speaking for a significant number of people. With unions playing hardball and the Biden administration taking the unions’ side, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.

UPDATE: The upset father’s name is Brandon Michon. Thursday night, Tucker Carlson interviewed him. Enjoy:

Mr. Michon perhaps doesn’t realize it but he’s a leader. During the interview Mr. Michon said something profound when he said “This country was built on strong leaders.” That’s right. Joe Biden isn’t a leader. He’s a panderer and a tough-sounding wimp. Tim Walz isn’t a leader, either.

I hope Mr. Michon and a bunch of those parents step forward and run for the school board. Next, I hope they win and throw the do-nothing bums out. The do-nothing bums deserve worse than that but at least this is legal. LOL

When Joe Biden signed the executive order ending construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, Biden’s message couldn’t have been clearer. The Democrats’ message to the construction unions was ‘Drop dead.’ This is a difficult decision for the Biden administration to defend. When Sen. Ted Cruz questioned Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg about the pipeline decision, Buttigieg tried spinning the decision by saying “The answer is we are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”

It’s painfully obvious that construction unions have gotten hurt by the Biden Administration. Over 1,000 of the people building the Keystone XL Pipeline were laid off Friday, their jobs immediately vaporized by the Biden executive order. Nothing says forgotten like a pink slip with your paycheck on Friday. While Democrats said that they hope those workers find a job, it isn’t likely that’ll happen, at least at the same wage.

Biden campaigned as the union-loving everyman. It took less than a week in office to obliterate that image. Couple that with the outrage of National Guard troops getting exiled to sleeping in a DC parking garage:

Shame on the Biden administration for putting these patriots on a cold floor in a parking garage. Further, there were 25,000+ National Guard troops in DC. That’s far more than were needed by Democrats.

When then-Candidate Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the RNC in 2016, he focused on the people that the Obama-Biden administration ignored:

Joe Biden is a phony. He didn’t fight for Pennsylvania coal miners during the Obama administration. He isn’t fighting for the unions building the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s pretty apparent that he’s fighting for AOC’s Green New Deal, meaning that he’s forgetting, again, about the men who built this country. Biden often says that “the middle class built this nation” and that “the unions built the middle class.”

That’s a snappy-sounding soundbite. I just wish he meant it.

When Joe Biden ran as a moderate, informed people knew that was a façade. One of Biden’s first EOs was to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline. Montana Sen. Steve Daines has put together other western senators in an effort to stop that executive order from killing jobs, increase reliance on Middle East oil and raising gas prices.

Biden’s executive order reads, in part, “The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the U.S. national interest. The United States and the world face a climate crisis. That crisis must be met with action on a scale and at a speed commensurate with the need to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory. Our domestic efforts must go hand in hand with U.S. diplomatic engagement… The United States must be in a position to exercise vigorous climate leadership in order to achieve a significant increase in global climate action and put the world on a sustainable climate pathway. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.”

Climate change isn’t a crisis. It’s a challenge at best. It’s a crisis only to idiots like Joe Biden, Al Gore, John Kerry and Tom Steyer. Of course, it wasn’t a crisis for Steyer when Steyer made his fortune as a hedge fund manager financing coal projects. John Kerry and Al Gore fly private jets to climate change events where they rant about the climate change crisis. Spare me!

Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord with another executive order. John Kerry negotiated that document, which explains why China is classified as a “developing nation” but the US is classified as an industrialized nation. Thanks to negotiations like that, China will have the biggest economy in the world within 4 years.

Climate change is just the Democrats’ shiny object to distract from their socialist agenda and the Democrats’ LGBTQ agenda. Democrats have created the achievement gap thanks to their social engineering activism over the years.

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters condemned the move, saying “In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1. Let me be very clear: When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world.”

Democrats have decided that they’re choosing environmental activists over private sector unions. That’s why President Trump won in 2016. That’s why the next GOP presidential nominee needs to be a Trump Republican. If traditional Republicans or country club Republicans ignore private sector unions, the GOP will wander in the political wilderness a long time.

It’s pretty apparent that Joe Biden is owned by The Swamp. Nowhere is that more evident than with the education of the nation’s students. In July, Biden told the NEA “You don’t just have a partner in the White House. You’ll have an NEA member in the White House.” Biden’s wife Jill is a teacher and a member of the NEA.

The AFT, the NEA, the Bidens and Democrats apparently have picked out their target. Unfortunately, that target is the nation’s students. Debra Saunders recently wrote “As the coronavirus spread fear among the country’s elected class, the NEA and American Federation of Teachers latched onto mass school closures. Even now that research shows public schools have not turned into superspreaders, as feared, the education establishment is in little hurry to end distance learning even though it especially hurts poor children, immigrant children and those with special needs.”

Parents living in the suburbs are feeling the AFT’s and NEA’s betrayal. They’re feeling the Democrats’ betrayal, too. Students with learning disabilities are getting hurt, perhaps for life. Apparently, Democrats, Joe Biden, the AFT and the NEA don’t care about those students. That educational trifecta from hell hasn’t shown an interest in students with learning disabilities. Shame on them for that. Tucker Carlson laid things out beautifully in this segment:

This is frightening:

Joanne Jacobs, a California education blogger and freelance writer, told me, thought leaders focused on the possibility that one 12-year-old might die if public schools remained open, but not the consequences of 100,000 kids who don’t learn to read or learn math and end up dropping out of high school.

AFT and the NEA have an advocate in the White House. Unfortunately, those parents who voted for sanity lost their advocate for their children. That’s what’s called being penny-wise and dollar-stupid.

Whether we’re talking about education, the economy or foreign policy, I’ll make this prediction. We’ll be worse off 4 years from now than we are today. The Bidens’ debt to The Swamp will get repaid. The question now is whether parents experience buyers’ remorse or if they just give up. Giving up or fighting is their decision. Our decision is whether we’ll fight the Democrats’ special interests. Personally, I’ve voted for fighting the Democrats’ special interests. I’d love lots of teammates.

Actually, the more I think about it, this isn’t about fighting or giving up. It’s really about whether we fight now and defeat this trifecta from hell or whether we’ll fight them again and again and again on battlefield after battlefield. If this educational trifecta from hell wins the first round, they’ll be back for more special treatment soon enough.

Apparently, there’s nothing that will penetrate President Trump’s ‘Blue Collar Firewall.’ That isn’t surprising. While Democrats pay lip service to unions, President Trump has gotten things done that’ve made blue collar unions’ lives better.

The Obama-Biden administration swore loyalty to the unions’ right to organize. They also led the fight to kill blue collar industries like mining, energy and infrastructure trades. That led to the deterioration of their communities. At his 2016 Convention, President Trump spoke to the forgotten men and women:

After getting elected, President Trump went right to work in rebuilding communities, industries and the economy. He immediately signed off on building the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Teaming with Congress, President Trump used the Congressional Review Act to “kill five Obama regulations” implemented in the last days of the Obama administration. President Trump didn’t just talk the talk. He kept that promise in a big way. Within no time, the energy industry roared back to life. That, in turn, gave people in the forgotten communities in the Midwest hope. They weren’t forgotten anymore.

Thanks to the deregulation but also because of President Trump’s start on renegotiating trade deals, these communities started rebuilding. That’s why this is happening:

“We haven’t moved the needle here,” said Mike Knisley, executive secretary-treasurer with the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, who estimated that about half of his members voted for Trump in 2016 and will do so again. “Even if given all the information that’s been put out there, all the facts — just pick an issue that the president has had his hands in — it doesn’t make a difference.”

“He has a very, very, very solid foundation of our members,” said James Williams, a vice president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, whose surveys of members painted a similar picture. “They connect with his messaging and a lot of the fear-mongering going all the way back to when he was first elected with, ‘Be afraid of the immigrant. The immigrant’s here to take your job.’ That resonated with our membership. They feel like their way of life and their way of living is under attack and without really understanding the dynamics at play. I mean, the immigrant worker is being abused by employers.”

It resonated because cheap immigrant labor hurt union workers. It’s the simple economic principle of supply-and-demand in action. Cheap immigrant labor produced an overabundance of a commodity — labor. Companies took advantage of that situation, which hurt blue collar union workers.

Those voters, historically a bedrock of Democratic support, shifted away from the party in 2016, according to exit polls. Hillary Clinton won union voters by less than half as much as former President Barack Obama had four years earlier — and that swing alone may have been enough to account for her losses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, one analysis found.

This really summarizes things perfectly:

The question this year is whether Biden can win those union members back, and by how much.

This video explains why Biden is having difficulty with blue collar union workers:

Finally, the CDC has spoken definitively about reopening schools. According to Paul Peterson and Scott Atlas, it’s long overdue. In their Hill op-ed, they wrote “At long last, and maybe too late, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on ‘The Importance of Reopening Americans Schools this Fall.’ After issuing warnings about potential risks to children all spring and early summer, the CDC acknowledged what has been known throughout the world for months, that ‘COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school aged children. … So far in this pandemic, deaths of children are less than in each of the last five flu seasons.'”

Next, they wrote “That couples with the CDC’s observation that ‘for children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates during recent influenza seasons.’ Moreover, ‘the rate of infection … from students to teachers has been low.'” In other words, the things that Nancy Pelosi recently said about protecting children was Democrat fear mongering. She should be ridiculed in public endlessly.

The best way to punish Pelosi is by defeating Democrat House members this November and installing a GOP majority in the House.

Despite the CDC’s declaration, DC government schools will begin the year virtually. Democrats admit having failed the students:

Students who do not have Internet access or a computer at home will be provided with the necessary technology, the mayor’s office said. Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said D.C. had been collecting data from more than 13,000 respondents and found 44 percent of students do not have access to a device at home.

How can half of DC’s students succeed without having a device capable of connecting to the internet? That’s like saying DC has schools that don’t have running water. But I digress.

We know from research and simple common sense that these measures will seriously degrade the children’s educational experience. For one, masked teachers can hardly be effective: They will be hard to hear, difficult to understand and challenging to interpret when their facial expressions cannot be seen. For students, masks are hot, stuffy and uncomfortable, the very circumstances that compromise learning. Masking will likely adversely affect the quality of the teaching force, the people who are crucial for a child’s education.

Then there’s this:

Gov. Newsom says the damage from closed schools can be curtailed by online instruction. Virtual learning is better than no education at all, certainly. But several studies have found that students who attend virtual schools perform worse than students in brick-and-mortar schools. One study comparing the achievement of charter school students found that the consequences of attending a virtual school were “uniformly and profoundly negative.”

It’s time for politicians to stop interfering with the scientists. Scientists are trying to tell parents that opening schools is safe.

Anyone that thinks that today’s Democrats are similar to Hubert Humphrey’s Democrats or Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Democrats is kidding themselves. Today’s Democrats aren’t even like Paul Wellstone’s Democrats. Democrats took a terrible trip when Harry Reid and Ms. Pelosi won leadership positions in the Senate and House respectively in 2006.

Since then, they’ve governed from a my-way-or-the-highway philosophy. In 2008, Al Franken joined the Senate. Discourse sunk even lower. During Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing, Franken struck up a conversation with Sotomayor about Perry Mason. We were so enlightened by the exchange:

The point is that Democrats aren’t about making America better. They’re about changing the US into something it isn’t. When Biden says that he wants to transform the US, just like his boss said, that isn’t what a patriot would say. That’s what a hater would say. If you thought that the US was founded on great principles and that we’ve helped dozens of nations achieve liberty or helped them through natural disasters. you don’t think that the US needs a transformation. It needs some changes. It doesn’t need a transformation.

If you’re a patriot, you think that the US is great, though it isn’t perfect. Patriots think that the US is constantly changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. We’re constantly a work in progress.

Far left Democrats think that slavery is the lasting mark against the US. It isn’t. That’s like thinking that a student who didn’t understand math at first is forever destined for poor grades. That’s like saying the student can’t get tutoring that changes everything. One day, the final piece of the puzzle drops into place and the struggling student starts acing tests.

Today’s Democrats apparently think that anyone white is a racist. They talk about white privilege and implicit bias. The only thing we can do is constantly ask for forgiveness for something that’s beyond our control.

Today’s Democrat leadership aren’t patriots. They’re liars. Check out this joint statement from Ms. Pelosi and Rep. Earl Blumenauer:

As our nation mourns the loss of our colleague and beloved civil rights leader John Lewis, we are again reminded of the immense power of peaceful protest in the fight against racial injustice and police brutality. Yet time and time again, the Trump Administration shows its lack of respect for the dignity and First Amendment rights of all Americans.

Last month, the Administration tear-gassed peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C. Now, videos show them kidnapping protestors in unmarked cars in Portland, all with the goal of inflaming tensions for their own gain. While Portland is the President’s current target, any city could be next.

We live in a democracy, not a banana republic. We will not tolerate the use of Oregonians, Washingtonians, or any other Americans, as props in President Trump’s political games. The House is committed to moving swiftly to curb these egregious abuses of power immediately.

What a pile of BS. Predictably, Ms. Pelosi intentionally left out a few important details. She intentionally omitted the fact that the rioting in Portland had gone on for 40 days prior to President Trump’s action. Pelosi intentionally omitted the fact that this wasn’t a peaceful protest, which are protected by the First Amendment. They were full-fledged pre-planned riots. Dozens of arrests were made, with virtually each arrestee getting charged with interfering with the police. Does that sound like it falls within the protections of the First Amendment, which permits people to peaceably assemble.

Riots aren’t protected by the First Amendment. Portland police declared a riot when Democrat protesters attacked a building housing the police officers’ union. So much for Democrats supporting working families.

The next time that Ms. Pelosi wants to lecture us about the First Amendment, she should commit to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Intentionally omitting important details of a story is lying. Lying for partisan gain isn’t patriotism. It’s the opposite of patriotism.