~JANEANE GAROFALO, Majority Report,
Educators and their unions are under assault by the Right and are being portrayed as people who are exploiting the system. Walk in their shoes for a while and one will realize the lie that it is. This attack from the GOP is focused on teachers and their benefits, pensions and the bargaining power of their unions. Police officers, firemen, nurses, sanitation workers, bus drivers and a host of other people we rely on have unions. The unions exist to to give the individual a fair chance to get a decent salary and working conditions.
The Right is attacking unions because they fight for their workers to have decent working conditions, a fair wage, medical care and a pension. Those gains by unions have spilled over to the private sector helping to create a better life for all Americans thereby creating America's middle class. But now the GOP and their allies, big business, are trying to roll back those gains and they are beginning with teachers. They want to destroy the right of teachers to be represented by a union. They want to undermine the ability of their unions to organize and protect teachers rights.
Teachers are taking the brunt of it now and if the Right is successful they will go after police officers, firemen, nurses, sanitation workers, bus drivers unions including, social security benefits, and medicare. The GOP wants the American worker on their knees. But they protect their sacred cows. They want tax cuts for the richest Americans, who protect their millions in tax shelters, don't want cuts in oil subsidies for the oil companies or oversight on banks. What they do want is to victimize the working middle class, the old, the sick and the poor. They got elected on the promise of small government and jobs. Seems that they have short memories.