"I don't mean to be terribly partisan, but I kind of am," he followed up, to laughs from the audience, before calling the donations from teachers' unions to Democratic politicians an "extraordinary conflict of interest" because those politicians are then supposed to stand up to the unions and for students in negotiations.Mitt Romney has gotten giant contributions from the financial sector and he's running for president vowing to repeal Wall Street reform. Romney's entire fucking campaign is about his promise to govern on behalf of his biggest donors and assorted other rich people like himself. For that matter, Romney made his personal fortune sending jobs to China and he's running for president attacking President Obama for not standing up to China.
And he thinks that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who actively tried to screw Chicago teachers on pay and working conditions, is somehow evidence of a Democratic conflict of interest around the comparatively slight financial contributions of teachers unions?
But this isn't about Romney believing there's a conflict of interest. This is about Romney seeking yet another way to delegitimize the idea that workers should be able to get together and have a bigger voice collectively than they do individually. Any shred of power that collective action gives workers is, to Romney, something to tear down and try to squash. The fact that when teachers fight for better working conditions, they're fighting to get the government to spend more money educating kids who can't even afford to go to private school only make Romney relish attacking them that much more.