GOP legislators and governors consolidated power in the South and crept into storied union states such as Connecticut and Kentucky. Voters soundly rejected a ballot measure in Oregon that would have provided millions more dollars to public schools—an effort on which the NEA spent more than $150,000—as well as a ballot measure in Oklahoma that would've provided teachers with a $5,000 pay raise. Teachers' unions will likely feel the political reverberations for years. "It's very disappointing," AFT President Randi Weingarten said in an interview after the results were announced. "When you are all in on anything and you lose, it's heartbreaking." But, she added, "you brush yourself off and pull yourself back together again." Said Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the NEA, in a statement the day after Election Day: "We must realize that today is not the end but the beginning of what we do to keep our country strong for our children. ... Don't mourn. Organize."What's missing in the response? LEARNING. Unions are criminal syndicates. They cannot learn. They can only double down on greed and torture. Kill more heretics, strike more violently. Why do teachers ALLOW unions to represent them? Real teachers do all sorts of GOOD things, but their public voice is an EVIL CRIMINAL. Shouldn't be surprised when normal people choose not to pour more money into a GANG.
Labels: Emersonian justice
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.