According to recent test results from 2009/2010, 20% of England’s “trainee teachers” are simply dolts:
One in five trainee teachers cannot do simple sums or pass basic spelling and grammar tests.
One in ten have failed their final-year numeracy and literacy tests twice in a row, while dozens have needed an astonishing ten attempts.
A few lessons here on booze, Big Government, and Big Union… all in the Keystone State.
In 1936, a big flood washed into Johnstown, PA (an earlier floor in 1889 did the same thing) and caused a lot of monetary damage. In order to repair all that was lost, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed what was known as the Johnstown Flood Tax which was applied to alcohol sales. Like all Big Government taxes, it was “temporary.”
Cory Moll, a 30 year old part time employee for an Apple Store located at San Francisco International Airport. He’s been with the company for 3 years and 7 months according to his LinkedIn profile. He makes $14.00 per hour. Assuming he works 30 hours per week that would give him $20,160.00 per year. Apparently unhappy with his lot in life working for an Apple store, instead of getting a better, higher paying job, his solution is to unionize his fellow employees:
The core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits.
Whatever that means.
The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA is a venerable property. The building was under construction when the Great Earthquake nearly destroyed it and since that time it’s been a landmark on top of Nob Hill. The setting for the 80s soap opera Hotel, it has fallen on hard times recently. In a bid to save the business, the investors who own it proposed tearing down a later addition and building a new structure which would be filled with condos. The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco has hotel and condos available.
Big Union was told about the situation at the Fairmont and its 300 dues paying members there voted the proposal down because it would result in some job loses. Now some of the investors are looking to sell their stake and the future of the Fiarmont is in doubt.
Like the uprisings in the Middle East will determine which leaders remain or fall in their countries, so will be the case regarding the Big Union revolt in Wisconsin. In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi pushed Luke Skywalker away because, he said, his fate was on a different path than his but because Obama and his party are so inter-connected with Big Union, if they fall, he will fail. Even if Obama denounces the illegal tactics and un-democratic activity in that state, he will fall anyway.
Big Union is going to bet it all on Wisconsin. They are trying to spread their outrage to as many other states as possible in the hopes of creating a pandemic. They realize if their backs are broken and collective bargaining is taken away along with not being able to force members to pay monthly dues, they are done.
The Big Union strike in Wisconsin has finally shown without a shadow of a doubt what the Left in America is all about: breaking the law, conducting un-democratic activities, intolerant, selfish, and desperate.
And those are just the positive points!
The Big Union cuts that were going to happen if Republicans gained power in Madison were no secret. In fact, they probably were one of the main reasons Democrats lost power in that state. The voters spoke loud and clear. Big Union and their Leftist supporters knew they were going to face the fight of their lives to keep the money flowing and they have reacted violently and illegally to change.
The State of Wisconsin is faced with a $2.7 billion deficit unless the government there acts quickly to stem the bleeding. Big Union’s collective bargaining rights is on the chopping block and the natural reaction is social disorder fueled by the Democratic National Committee’s Organizing Arm (established by Obama when he ran for president):
The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.
There are quite a few fiscally unhealthy American states. According to a recent ABC news story, $500 billion more was spent collectively by all 50 states than came in from revenue. States such as Kalifornia are so heavily in debt that their credit rating is lower than the country of Kazakhstan. These states are burdened by heavy Big Union pension costs. For fiscal year 2008 there was a $i trillion gap between outgoing pension liabilities and incoming revenue. In fact, only two states had enough money on hand to fund at least 50% of what they owed retired Big Union employees (Alaska and Arizona).
When you spend too much and you just can’t pay your bills anymore there’s only one legal solution: go belly up.
The post-Christmas blizzard, the resulting Big Union work slowdown and, apparently, the lack of consequences for sanitation workers show what’s wrong with the system and why Big Union needs to go.
Big Union was upset because benefits were getting cut, workers were being let go, and overtime was not as plentiful as it once was. No surprise considering the massive fiscal problems NYC finds itself in. Big Union had some clever tactics like raising their snowplows just a little too high over the road so the streets weren’t cleared correctly, forcing them to re-plow those same roads again, earning them overtime.
Not only were many residents virtual prisoners in their own homes but vital services like subways shutdown and with so much snow on the roads ambulances and fire trucks were delayed, putting lives at risk.
In a huge gift to Big Union, the Obama administrations two Big Union appointees – Linda Puchala and Harry Hoglander outvoted, by 2-1, Bush appointee Elizabeth Dougherty to make it much easier for workers in the railroad and airline industries to unionize.
Under the previous rules – 75 years in existence – if a company had 100 employees 51 of them would have to vote “yes” to unionize. The new rules stipulate that if a vote to unionize is held but only 10 of those 100 employees show up to vote only 6 “yes” votes will be required to unionize.
Big Union, a massive special interest of Democrats, pushed hard for this change because it will make it much easier to expand their membership numbers which have declined greatly for the previous 60 years from its peak in 1950 at 30% to just 12.3%, or 15.3 million, in 2009.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, this rule change was supported by only 44% of elected officials and in the Senate it was supported by just 39% of Senators.
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