I have raised children through adolescence. And once you’ve done that, you have a better understanding of the situation with the Teachers in Wisconsin. Adolescents hold adult notions of consumption: they understand the comfort of a pricey car; they appreciate the status conveyed by a particular sort of handbag or sunglasses; they sense how outward consumption and refined tastes can translate into popularity and envy; and they appreciate how a slogan or world view can win acceptance among peers without worry over its validity. But they have no adult sense of acquisition, themselves not paying taxes, balancing the family budget, or worrying about household insurance, maintenance, or debt. Theirs is a world view of today or tomorrow, not of next year —or even of next week.
Adolescents throw fits when denied a hip sweater or a trip to Disneyland, concluding that it is somehow “unfair” or “mean,” without concern about the funds available to grant their agendas. We see that adolescent mindset in Wisconsin. “They” surely can come up with the money from someone (“the rich”) somehow to pay teachers and public servants what they deserve. And what they deserve is determined not by comparable rates in private enterprise, or by market value. For instance, if the DMV clerk loses a job, does another public bureau or private company inevitably seize the opportunity to hire such a valuable worker at comparable or improved wages?
The childlike, irresponsible attitude of today’s adolescents is a reflection of our attempts as parents to shield them from the real world; to give them a better life than we ourselves may have had; to limit the hardships and even the pain we might have experienced when we were their age. They are clueless about the real world because we have protected their childlike innocence. Parents who have raised children will join me in raising their hands, red faced, and will plead guilty to the charge.
The adolescent-adults of the Obama Democrat variety have little incentive to grow up, since they believe that “the rich” will always be there to rescue them from their own poor judgement and self-destructive behavior. All they have to do is tax those “rich” people more and more and more; and then they can overspend, overindulge, and party like there’s no tomorrow– or like it’s 1999.
Whenever the taxpayer loudly complains and says, “ENOUGH!”, they become sullen and ungrateful, muttering darkly about how they’re doing it “for the children” (which, when you think about it, they are since they ARE the children in this picture); or bringing up the old reliable Marxist class warfare scenario to justify their adolescent rantings.
(h/t Wisconsin Teachers for providing this classic example of puerile behavior)
Man! Absolutely dead on!
You've struck on something here. I wouldn't even go so far as to bestow adolescent attributes on these teachers and SEIU thugs. They're more like little children whose bible is the book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Either one explains their temper tantrums and false accusations against others.
By the way, that second photo is a teacher misspelling the verb, correct?
Right on LL ! This is what happens when you go from a sheltered adolescence to a cradle to grave Gov'mt job. There is no sense of the real world to these people.
Some teachers appear as dumb as bird poop. The words "teacher" and "dedication" seem to have little in common these days.
Euripides – yes it's a protesting teacher who can't spell – and wants more money. I think kindergarten kids know how to take naps and respect other people's stuff so if that's the Wisconsin teacher's primer, they didn't read it closely.
Wo and Odie – There are a lot of good teachers and I suspect that the good ones stayed in class and did their work, supporting their students needs. The union activists and tenured parasites called in sick and marched.
Joetote – Thanks!
In kindergarten the kids haven't had to endure the bad influence that these teachers have on kids. We need a slogan that says "save the children from ignorant teachers".
Teresa, to write that in Wisconsin teacher speak, you need to misspell one of the words in the slogan.
Good one, and dead on the money LL!
I think a lot of teachers ARE teachers because they can't or won't deal with the real world.
But you know LL, you Are being mean here since this IS about The Chilllllllldrennnnnnnnnnn.
Excuse me for asking, but how are teachers fighting for a fair wage to babysit your insolent children while attempting to teach them that the world isn't in fact flat some socialist atrocity from the gates of hell while billion dollar bail outs for the people who destroyed the global economy, "necessary?"
They both came from our tax money. I can't help but think maybe if we paid some teachers better wages, we might produce a Wall Street that knows better.
Percy – The teachers in Wisconsin make 80K per year in direct pay and another 25% of their pay in benefits. They don't exactly qualify for food stamps.
I don't have problems paying teachers and other civil servants well, but the entire country has more or less crashed and "fair" doesn't enter into it. The Obama 800 billion stimulus boondogle and the bank bail-out boondoggles that both Bush and Obama have foisted on the public are part of a program of socialism that has failed. We elected them, now we have to pay for their bungling.
How do you propose that the State of Wisconsin balance it's budget without cutting somewhere? Don't talk about then, talk about now and if you have a better idea, I'm sure that the Governor would be seriously interested.
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