Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Now, we all love our teachers. But the fact is that teachers unions – and the contracts they negotiate with the politicians they elect – are greedy, cash-sucking vampires.
Teachers Unions Opt for Plastic Sugery on Taxpayers’ Dime by Ben Shapiro The health plan for teachers union members in Buffalo, NY apparently includes liposuction and nose jobs – and we pay for all of it. As CNN reports: The sweet deal that all the 3,400 teachers in Buffalo are eligible to get under one of their insurance plan options, they are billed nothing for any plastic surgery procedure, such as botox, liposuction, tummy tucks, and there is no deductible …. Last year, Buffalo’s schools spent $5.9 million on plastic surgery which is also known as a cosmetic rider. And Buffalo teachers have had this rider for nearly four decades …. Now you might think Buffalo’s school district must be flush with cash to be offering perks like free plastic surgery, right? Wrong. Louis Petrucci, the president of the Buffalo Board of Education says he is projecting a $42 million deficit in next year’s school budget. Now, we all love our teachers. But the fact is that teachers unions – and the contracts they negotiate with the politicians they elect – are greedy, cash-sucking vampires. That’s why the teachers unions in Los Angeles decided that it would be better to let the Los Angeles Unified School District fire 5,000 teachers than it would be to allow their benefits to be cut. Now, whom does that benefit? It benefits the teachers who stay employed, obviously – but it doesn’t help the ones who get fired, and it certainly doesn’t benefit children, whom we have been told require more and better teachers, not fewer, older, and worse. LAUSD spends an almost unbelievable $30,000 per child – and has some of the worst educated children in the nation. That’s no coincidence. That’s the teachers unions. Most of all, it benefits the union bosses, who get to charge higher dues so long as they exact higher benefits from the state. Then they use those dues to help elect their friends, whom they press to hand over more taxpayer dollars. It’s a beautiful system. The only losers are us and our children.