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Obama’s Latest Bailout: Another Payoff To Teachers’ Union

Posted on May 17 2010 8:00 am
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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You may be unemployed, but according to the Obama administration more than 300,000 teachers’ jobs were “saved” through the Democrat’s Economic Stimulus package. But no worries, the Democrats’ payoff to union supporters isn’t over yet! You, and your descendants, still have much more money to earn which they intend to spend buying votes and securing party loyalty during their reign. 

Almost unnoticed last Wednesday night, the Obama administration quietly announced its support for $23 Billion in off-the-books emergency funding to save educator jobs, and requested it be included in an upcoming supplemental spending bill to fund military operations and other expenses. ABC News notes the request also included an

“additional $1 billion for early childhood education jobs.”

Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., posted on the White House blog,

“We applaud Chairmen Harkin, Miller and Obey for crafting legislation in direct response to these challenges.  S. 3206, the Keep Our Educators Working Act, H.R. 2847, the Jobs for Main Street Act,  and H.R. 4812, the Local Jobs for America Act, each call for $23 billion in emergency support to preserve education jobs modeled after the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  This funding would keep teachers in the classroom while helping to sustain meaningful and necessary reforms in public education across the country.”

According to Fox News,

The request comes just a year after an unprecedented $100 billion in federal stimulus money was allocated to school districts as part of the $863 billion recovery act.

Three bailout bills for educators, each calling for $23 Billion in “emergency” funds, i.e., exempt from certain Congressional budget enforcement rules. How much will the teachers’ union receive should all three bills pass? $69 Billion? Where are the results from the first massive bailout? And precisely what are the “meaningful and necessary reforms in public education?” 

The culture of corruption continues unabated, disguised as “emergency” funds.

Neal Boortz caused quite a stir when he said the “greater long-term threat to this nation’s future was not the Islamists, but the teacher’s unions.” Judging  by the Obama administration’s bailouts of the education system, Boortz was not only right, but the Left plans to ensure the indoctrination of our children is permanently funded.
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