Grand_Moff_Joseph: Last time I checked, you needed at least a HS diploma to be a firefighter or police officer.
BarkingUnicorn: Not because cops and firefighters have guns and axes but teachers do not?
FlashHarry: BarkingUnicorn: Not because cops and firefighters have guns and axes but teachers do not?actually, it's because cops and firefighters are gay icons. do you think your average bible-thumping michigan republican is going to rub one out to thoughts of a school teacher?
sigdiamond2000: This cannot possibly, seriously, be this guy's profile pic[media.washtimes.com image 120x120]I refuse to accept that.
Diogenes: It's conceivable.
The Voice of Doom: Teachers can reduce the number of times firefighters and police officers have to do those things - besides reducing the things "most of us never know".
timujin: 1. If an article's headline asks a question that can be answered "no", don't bother writing the article.
Headlines that can be answered by "no" -- a good idea?
The Voice of Doom: Firefighters rush into burning buildings. Police officers venture into dangerous areas most of us never know.Teachers can reduce the number of times firefighters and police officers have to do those things - besides reducing the things "most of us never know".The real difference (besides "teachurs be libruls!") is the immediate, obvious feedback:With cuts to firefighters and police, people might get hurt NOW. There'll be media attention and you'll get the blame.But when society and economy go slowly down the shiatter, it's less obvious and people won't make a direct connection (especially if they had bad teachers) with education.And should the shiat finally hit the fan, it'll be somebody else's problem because by then you'll have been out of office for some time. /related theory: "Fark you, I got mine!" means you have stuff you might be afraid to losing. And the people protecting your stuff are..?
edmo: So if they're essential you make it illegal for them to strike thus who needs a union?
Runs_With_Scissors_: The purpose of the legislation is to save schoolteachers and the rest of the left from themselves. Right-to-work legislation in neighboring states like Indiana has strengthened their economies at Michigan's expense. Foreign investors have zero interest doing business in anti-business slums. Governor Snyder wants to save Michigan from collapse.Fark. You.Just... Fark you.
clambam: I wouldn't mind if these people ran on a platform of "If elected, I will bust the unions," then got elected and busted the unions. That would be giving people what they wanted. It just seems that they're all running on some completely different platform, then when they get into power do the ol' bait and switch and pursue some completely different agenda. Had George Bush run on a platform of "If elected, I will invade Iraq," he never would have gotten elected (come to think of it...). But he stated on numerous occasions during the campaign that he "wasn't interested in nation-building" and then proceeded to do precisely that. How can we ever trust the repub Party again? They lie preferentially. Onto the ashbin of history with them.
Somacandra: FTFA: If every public schoolteacher quit tomorrow, private schools, charter schools, and home-schooling would pick up the slack.Yes, all of us will up and quit our jobs and suddenly become qualified primary and secondary teachers or just stay home and home-school. Its not like we need our jobs to pay actual bills.
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