Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chicago Teachers, Unions and Democrat Politicians

As the Chicago Teachers Union continues to strike, the realization is they are arguing with like-minds. And the politicians know this.

Modern unions, any union, benefit its members. They do not benefit the other stakeholders. The Chicago teachers want more money, more guarantees for laid off workers, more benefits, better and more secure pension plans. Wouldn't we all. Though their customers are the students and their parents, the union's concern for them is minimal compared to its concern for its financial well-being.

The Chicago city politicians, all Democrats, do not have the revenue base to meet the union demands, despite one of the highest tax rates in the US. The city offered significant pay raises over the next few years, but it was not enough for the highest paid teachers in the USA. On day three of the strike, the union has only signed off on six of 49 articles within the proposed contract.

Will this go on for a few more days, a few weeks, or more than a month? Who knows. But the union officials and its members will continue to vote for Democrats. They have no choice. Locally, they will find Democrats who give them the best chance for financial gain. The Party is secure though its individual politicians may not be.

When it comes to liberal causes -- labor, environmentalism, morality/sex/marriage, gun control, anti-religion, big business, etc. -- they will only vote for Democrats. They are the bastion for socialism American style -- the great social safety net.

The opposite -- capitalism and Laissez-faire-style policies -- has all but disappeared in America. Work/reward and self-motivation are supplanted by government "help" programs. Republicans, fence-sitters for the most part, offer the only real choice. But the choice is one of major comprise for Libertarians or Constitutionalists.

In our two-party political system, the lines are very clear. Individual politicians may pay a price for a stance, but the parties never will.

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