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  •  I have noticed something about the Right (13+ / 0-)

    and the Corporatist "Reform" Movement: they seem to be making long-range plans based not just on an openly transparent hatred of unions and collective bargaining, but very deeply on the notion that they can make teaching a Right-to-Work McJob because they can take full advantage of people involved in public education sincerely loving the job and the art of teaching so much after they make teaching a McJob that they will still be there.

    There is something vile about that mindset. The idea of using somebodies great love and passion for something to screw them over royally.

    The idea being that many somebodies will be so passionate about teaching that this passion will transcend all other considerations that might force somebody out to another career. That there will be a pool of people there with bells on no matter how obvious or huge the roadblock to many of them doing so. Like the very real problem of not being able to make a decent living as a non-union right-to-work student testing supervisor/corporate sales associate.

    I can think of few occupations where the thought of an individual being able to have a long and successful career that also provides the worker in question with a sustainable middle class lifestyle is so, so offensive to so many people who earn vastly more than they do.

    There is nothing like watching some blithering spokesmodel or oversprayed male manniquin who makes hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars a year bitterly lamenting the idea of a teacher earning a decent living and doing their part.

    There is a point where you you can love something with all your heart, and not be able to afford to do it as your job.

    When I hear somebody earns a higher wage than I do, my first instinct is to say 'I want that too' not 'greedy bastards, how dare they get something I don't have' and start fixating on how to take away what they have.

    So much of America's middle class has been infected with self-defeating peer resentment for so long that I'm surprised that there is still an American middle class left.

    Also, there is something rather perverse about SAG actors in one of the most unionized workforces in America, film and television production, feeling noble about making a film that takes a shit on teachers in a way they would never, ever sign on for if it was about their professions.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:46:26 PM PDT

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