Teachers and Billionaires

February 24th, 2012

Inspired by Steve Forbes’ comment about public sector unions and super PACs. 


“On the union side, they contribute literally hundreds of millions, billions of dollars by taking dues from workers without getting their formal permission, so [having super PACs] levels the kind of crazy field we have.”  — Steve Forbes yesterday on Jansing


Teachers’ unions and super PACs are exactly alike,

Except that Republicans one hate and the other like.


Except that 1.5 million teachers have through their PACs contributed $2.8 million,

While a small group of millionaires and billionaire will give PACs over a billion.

(GOP super PACs top five donors gave $19 million in January alone,

While the American Federation of Teachers’ contributions have not similarly grown.)


Except that teachers don’t care about kids and are egotistic,

Where millionaires and billionaires are totally altruistic.


Except that teachers are in it for the big bucks and generous compensation,

While millionaires and billionaires do everything for the good of the nation.


Except that teachers union membership continuously climbs

While the super-rich have fallen on hard times.


And except that teachers unions have been successful in getting everything they want politically

While the super-rich remain a politically powerless minority, hypocritically.


But should we trust Steve Forbes’ opinion on this matter?

When choosing between teachers and billionaires, he might just favor the latter.


Here’s Rebecca Pringle from the National Education Association (the other major teachers union) 2/24/12 on Jansing discussing the GOP’s anti-union attitude. The reference to Steve Forbes is at the 4”30 mark.

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Here’s Steven Forbes 2/23/12 on Jansing. (The union campaign finance quote is at the 5”20 mark.)

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Here’s Jon Stewart on the subject (his mom’s a teacher).

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