Brief Reminder About the $26 Billion Teachers Union Bailout


Nothing surprising, but it’s maddening nonetheless:

• The new $26 billion Democrat “jobs bill” has nothing to do with jobs, it is designed to fund the teachers’ unions

• $16 billion of the $26 billion goes to public teachers (and several billions go to subsidizing other public sector workers). $87 billion of last year’s $862 billion stimulus also went to public school teachers’ mandatory wage increases as well as more hiring of public teachers

• Between 1.0% and 1.5% percent of teachers’ salaries goes directly to union dues. That means at least $160 million of money borrowed from the taxpayers’ is going directly to teachers’ unions

• And, to complete the circle, the teachers’ unions are directly funding Democrat campaigns so they can keep the cash faucet turned on

This is the part where normally I’d say “is it November yet?” But this kind of thing has been going on for a long time, and only a fundamental change to the system will fix it. This is also why I oppose government bailouts of any kind — because it’s self-serving plunder that is never in the interest of the people.

And what happened to the $87 billion to save teacher’s jobs from the original “stimulus”? If that didn’t last long, how long will “only” $26 billion last before they’re back for more? America is being taken to the cleaners like a dirty suit.

Meanwhile, new applications for jobless benefits rose to highest since February and layoffs are on the rise as well. “Recovery summer!”

Author: Doug Powers

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