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  •  That's because there's not enough of us showing (12+ / 0-)

    our support and working to make sure it's played out fairly, rather than with Rahm's ground rules.  

    It seems to me common sense would tell anyone that when 90% of the teachers voted to strike, there's a very serious problem.  We're not talking a "few bad apples" here.  We're talking 90 fricking percent.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:08:12 AM PDT

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    •  You're right, but... (3+ / 0-)

      Sadly, the teacher's union isn't viewed by most in quite the same way as say, the cops/firefighters/carpenters/teamsters, et.al. are.

      And the headlines are not helping:

      Emanuel urges teachers to keep negotiating
      ...makes it sound as if the teachers are throwing a hissy and walked away.  Now, that's NOT true...but it sure sounds that way.

      I totally support the teachers' union on the issues, and I say as much when the subject comes up...but it's very difficult to plow through the rubble of appearances/how things are perceived.

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:14:26 AM PDT

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      •  Didn't Rahm used to be a Democrat? (5+ / 0-)

        When did he stop supporting workers' rights to organize against intolerable work rules and conditions?

        "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

        by glorificus on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:56:01 AM PDT

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        •  I've long wondered if he ever really was. (2+ / 0-)
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          The Chicago voters didn't have a whole heckuvalot of good choices in the last election.

          Regrettably, Rahm really was the best choice; not the best Dem. and certainly not the best progressive - just the best choice.

          "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

          by Marjmar on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:58:41 AM PDT

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        •  Nope. He used to be a "Democrat." (0+ / 0-)

          He and Mitt were always pretty much on the same side, as he and Mitt showed quite clearly this morning.

          And to think this guy was Chief of Staff in the White House for two years.  But anybody who criticized him back then was vilified as a firebagger.

      •  A lot of that is sexism (3+ / 0-)
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        and by whimpering about how the teachers are at fault for expecting/demanding ANYTHING, we are guilty of perpetuating the misogyny implicit in that. We are now in an environment where Republicans are openly espousing the idea that women deserve way less than men. And those who don't support the teachers union because it's not as manly as teamsters or fire fighters are part of the problem. This is a historical problem too — it's part of the reason the teachers became unionized to begin with. Women were expected not to expect anything.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 12:05:11 PM PDT

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