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  •  Make no mistake, Obama emboldened the R's (8+ / 0-)

    The relentless union bashing of the Administration's education reform agenda has made it open season on teacher unions. The key planks of this agenda are: eliminate tenure - because it's "so hard to fire bad teachers"; eliminate seniority - LIFO; eliminate wage negotiations with merit pay; eliminate union shops by promoting charter schools.

    This is a full on assault on unions. It wasn't always so but when Obama was forced to dump education transition advisor Linda Darling-Hammond (probably the most qualified person in America to lead education reform) for non-educator pro-coroparate hack Arne Duncan it was clear that Wall Street (in the guise of the poorly named Democrats for Education Reform, a group dominated by hedge fund managers and bankers   ) would use Obama's department of Education to lead the assualt on public sector unions and to destroy organized labor once and for all.

    I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution. Barbara Jordan

    by Lcohen on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:41:21 PM PDT

    •  Leveraging education for political advantage (2+ / 0-)
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      ratcityreprobate, Lcohen

      I suspect that private investment in public schools are Obama's bargaining chip with the oligarchs on Wall Street. TARP was so unpopular, he had to at least pretend to endorse financial regulation, so to appease his number one  source of campaign contributions, he threw them the privatized, charter school bone.

      in doing so, he stepped on his base who are comprised mostly of the poor, public service workers, union workers, college educated professionals that include teachers. Groups that won't matter at re-election because, like the Democratic party of Clinton, the base will vote Democratic regardless of their heinous policies  (NAFTA).

      This confirms David Frum's astute observation: The Republicans fear their base. The Democrats despise theirs.

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