The best political statement concerning the ‘pension reform’ bill came from Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora. She said, ”What we are doing is quite simply wrong. This is actually no different than a thief coming into your house at night and stealing your valuables. The difference is this isn’t a thief coming in the night, this is your elected representatives coming to you, looking you straight in the eye and saying, ‘I’m going to take away your future.’ That is more than a promise broken. That is reprehensible.”
Exactly what I’ve been saying for months. Good for you, Sen Holmes, I hereby award you one of my prestigious Golden Chalk Awards.
The Illinois teacher “pension reform” calls for raising the retirement age of teachers to 65. That in itself should be all that is needed to guarantee the pension deficit will disappear. Forget about taking away the cost of living increase and all the other benefits. The way pressure and job responsibilities keeps growing for teachers, THERE WON’T BE MANY TEACHERS STILL ALIVE AT 65 ! If you are familiar with the expression, “stress kills”, you know that most teachers are not going to live to see 70. Those teachers who teach for over 40 years, can’t possibly live much past 65. Teaching has become one of the most stressful professions in the world. Raise the retirement age to 65 and the pension deficit will end in a hurry.
It now seems that Dec. 3rd is the day that the Illinois Legislators will say the following to retired and active teachers:
“Stealing your money over a decade was not enough for us, now we demand that you make up for the money we stole from you.”
“The Illinois Constitution applies to every citizen of Illinois, unless you’re a teacher or retired teacher.”
“We don’t really want the best and the brightest to be Illinois teachers, this “pension reform” will send a clear message to all Illinois teachers, don’t expect any respect in this state!”
“We hereby join the corporate world in smashing unions and denying worker benefits.”
“Cutting retired teachers’ benefits is our way of saying, we appreciate all you did for the students of Illinois, now please just go away quietly and deal with your financial fate.”
“Laws are meant to be broken, especially here in Illinois.”
Brace yourself, active and retired teachers. Pension reform is coming to a neighborhood near you. It looks like it’s coming on Dec. 3rd. Keep trying to delay it with your phone calls to legislators, but I’m afraid that won’t be enough this time. I hope I’m wrong.
How ironic that this illegal “pension reform” is coming on the very day, 195 years ago, that our beloved state entered the union. Yes, on Dec. 3rd, 1818, Illinois officially became the 21st state. Now on Dec. 3rd, 2013, Illinois is going to all but officially abandon its active and retired teachers.
What would Abraham Lincoln have thought of Illinois’ impeding pension reform that will violate the State Constitution? I think the following Lincoln quote might give us an idea of how he would feel. “If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.”
How are you teachers going to respond to this upcoming pension reform ? More phone calls ? What if that isn’t effective this time, as I suspect it will not be. Then what ? What will your response be ?
Good news ! The Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System received $72.4 million from a settlement with JP Morgan Chase. The money will replace what the pension system lost from investing in mortgage-backed securities with Chase.
Bad news ! Why in the world is the pension fund investing in MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES ? No wonder the system only had a 12% gain for the year while the stock market gained 26%.
Can we please hire some investment specialists that know what they are doing ?
Oh no, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has alienated thousands of “white suburban moms”. Arne, you don’t want to mess with white suburban moms.
Duncan incurred the wrath of the suburban moms when he made a statement about parents who were criticizing the Common Core Standards. He said the criticism was coming from, “white suburban moms” who discovered that under the standards, “all of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary.”
What’s really disturbing about Duncan’s statement is the fact that he left out Black and Hispanic mothers. Why aren’t Black and Hispanic mothers complaining about the Common Core Standards and how their children’s test scores are lower with the new standards. Does this mean that Black and Hispanic mothers never thought their kids were all that good to begin with ? Oh, Arne, you’ve opened up a whole can of worms here. Good luck explaining this away.
A Facebook page group called Moms Against Duncan charged that the secretary “has insulted the Moms of America and our children.” The White House website has hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for Duncan’s removal.
Is nothing sacred any more ? How can you insult moms ? That leaves apple pie as the only American item not open to criticism.
Arnie, there’s a lot more wrong with Common Core Standards then the fact that test scores are lower. How do you know the mothers aren’t complaining about some of these other factors ? Do you really think mothers get upset when they realize their brilliant children might not be so brilliant ? Do you really think the modern mom wants their children to be successful and have their self-esteem boosted at all costs ? Do you really think the modern suburban mom wants inflated grades and phony awards and unearned accolades for their children ?
Shame on you, Arnie. Now apologize to all white suburban moms immediately. You might also want to issue an apology to Black and Hispanic moms.
The above quote was uttered by Bruce Rauner, a Republican who is a candidate for governor of Illinois. The quote was his first words in a television ad that is now airing. Why do all millionaires running for office always need to inform us that they are not a politician ? If they aren’t a politician, and they brag about not being a politician, then why do they want to become a politician ?
What I really would like to hear from millionaire businessmen is the following, “I’m a businessman, and I have no idea how to reform education and or whether or not education really needs reform. I believe that teachers are the people most qualified to lead our education system, and I’m not going to pretend I know anything about education reform.”
The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is upon us.
Remember when almost every school kid was required to memorize that speech, as well as many other famous historical events and dates ?
Remember when rote learning and memorization were a major part of the school curriculum ?
Thanks to “education reform”, rote learning and memorization have been banned in most school districts.
Remember when there was no “education crisis” in America ?