“Dear Lord…this year you have taken away my favorite actor,, my favorite actress, Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman Billy Mays… I just wanted you to know that Barack Obama is my favorite President”
Now I know that many of you will think that this is a reprehensible and a sick & cruel thing to wish on anybody. But this is an actual memo sent in response to the dislike and disapproval towards an agenda that its members do not agree with. This to me goes over the top. This is cause for an immediate arrest no questions asked.
But there is one problem with this sick memo. It is coming from Democrats aimed at a Republican. These are the sort of tactics that members of the New Jersey Education Association are resorting to as they get ready to go to war with Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The aforementioned memo, was sent to Christie not Obama. It was sent by representatives of the largest Teachers Union in New Jersey not angry white Tea Partiers upset with Obama.
In the controversial memo, NJEA representatives urge its members to “get some dirt” and “go public”. The memo also encourages its members to go after the education commissioner Bret Schundler as well and add him to the “attack list”. Try letting Sarah Palin use the word attack in the same sentence with Democrat to see the reaction she gets..
The memo has also been sent to union locals in Bergen county that represent more than 17,000 teachers & support staff. The memo has also been posted on the Facebook page of New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Christie’s Pay Freeze. I have scoured this site and it is filled with an abundance of hate-filled and profane language directed at the Governor and his office. As of today the Facebook group has over 68,000 fans. They are not out there carrying signs and protesting for the world to see, but the call to action by union leaders is akin to the sort of sour grapes antics you would see duirng a South American soccer riot.
The Unions are obviously angry. Teachers are upset. Democrats are beside themselves. They cannot come to the realization that New Jersey has finally elected a Governor that is going to tackle its budget deficit and say no to more spending. What a novel idea. In a letter to Barbara Keshishian, President of the NJEA, Governor Christie lays out two simple that would save thousands of teacher jobs, avoid increases in property taxes and help reduce the budget deficit in the process.
Chris's plan would amount to, for example, an approximately $750 one-time sacrifice from each public school teacher earning $50,000 annually. The key point is that these relatively painless steps ALONE would close the entire $820 million state education aid cut previously announced in the Governor's much maligned budget speech. That translates to NO teacher layoffs. No local property tax increases. No negative effect on education services. No electoral backlash for school board members. No strain on the lives of students or parents.
These measures as outlined in his address to the State, are necessary and a must. He has the State Legislature on his side and like it or not, teachers are going to have to start doing more with less and start to perform at a higher level. The system is full of mediocre and less than stellar performers and some of them will now have to do more for a little less if they want to keep their jobs.
But as is the nature and M.O of labor unions, they never want to put any skin in the game when it affects their bottomline. They want to gouge the state for every penny and then cry foul when they are asked to sacrifice just like every other New Jerseyan that is being suffocated by some of the highest property tax rates in the country.
For too long, Teachers unions have been riding high on the hog and it is about time that we have a Governor that is not going to back down to the bullying tactics of these unions. What is fair is fair. Would it hurt teachers to kick in 1.5% of their salaries to cover for their own Healthcare benefits? Most of us are asked to contribute 10, 15 & 20 percent. Why should unions think they could somehow get away with asking their members to put some skin in the game for the sake of the state?
Christie ran on a platform of balancing the budget. He intends to slash $820 million in school aid to districts statewide. These cuts will no doubt force some districts to layoff workers, cut school programs and may mean property tax increases in other districts. He also wants an across the board pay freeze for all school employees to try and close the budget gap.
But these union thugs don’t see it this way. They are for the most part loyal Democrats that adhere to taxing the wealthy in order to raise more revenues. This is not going to work this time around. That may have worked with the old regime of, but this is a new day in Jersey.
No, you will not hear a word from the State Run media about this type vitriol and anger from unions and teachers. In fact they may interpret the memo as a joke.
“Something that was never meant to be made public” according to President of the Bergen County Education Association Joe Coppola.
Obviously not as funny as all the concocted death threats to members of Congress that voted for the Healthcare Bill.