Monday, March 28, 2011

What Teachers Make

Herbert's last column at the NYT:

Losing Our Way -
"The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely."

"G.E. is the nation’s largest corporation. Its chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is the leader of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. You can understand how ordinary workers might look at this cozy corporate-government arrangement and conclude that it is not fully committed to the best interests of working people.

Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment crisis never gets addressed. The wars never end. And nation-building never gets a foothold here at home.

New ideas and new leadership have seldom been more urgently needed."


ThinkProgress � London: Half A Million In The Streets To Protest Massive Government Cuts


Daily Kos: Why Do We Put Up With It?:
"Looking at all this from across the Atlantic, a German acquaintance of mine recently noted “if this happened in Germany, cars would be burning in the streets.” Why, he wondered, were working and middle class Americans so docile in the face of this aggression by Wall Street and its paid-for politicians in both major parties? Why were the protests in Wisconsin an anomaly, rather than part of a nation-wide outcry against the persistent assaults on the vast majority of the population by the plutocratic few?"

The West coast through progressive eyes



no expiration said...

I dig your blog even more now that you've posted this. I'm not a teacher, but my wife is, my mom is, and my mother-in-law is a teacher's aide. Plus, I live in New Jersey, where Chris Christie (boss hog + tony soprano - any charisma = CC) is somehow successfully demonizing teachers. thanks for posting this.

AAW said...

Spread the word in NJ, NoEx. Don't let Christie win. (hilarious CC equation).