When Americans were paying $4 per gallon for gas and Republicans were calling on the Democrat led Congress to work on an energy bill, "Do Nothing" Nancy Pelosi shut off the lights, called recess and hit the road to promote her book.
Well, Nancy is calling the House back in session this week, because it's time for another political bribe--this time, to the liberal teachers unions, masquerading as funding to save teacher jobs.
Never mind that Obama's footsoldiers, Astorturfing for Obama, sent out an e-mail today from a Wendy C., a "public school teacher."
I'm a public school teacher in Philadelphia. And, like most states across the country, Pennsylvania is facing some bad budget shortfalls.
Without federal help, a lot of teachers like me -- as well as other public servants like police officers and firefighters -- will lose their jobs. Maybe you know some of these people. Maybe it's you.
Democrats in Congress are trying to do the right thing, proposing emergency assistance for states to preserve more than 100,000 jobs like mine. They're racing back to the Capitol for an emergency session this week to pass this bill and save these jobs.
But Republicans are standing in the way. Minority Leader John Boehner is calling the bill a "payoff" to "special interests" and attacking every Democrat who is fighting for
But I'm not a special interest. I'm a teacher.
Ambler is in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Borough of Ambler is served by the Wissahickon School District. According to the Morning Call newspaper, the average salary in this school district was $71,204 for the 2006–07 school year, making it the 17th-highest-paid district out of 727 in the state. The district ranks 316th in teacher experience and 52nd in most-educated teachers.
In 2007, the median household income in the state of Pennsylvania was $48,576.
Note the salary figure above does not include teachers’ benefits.
When the local board of education spends money at a rate that the local tax base cannot afford, those teachers who refuse to adjust their salaries to reality do start to look like a special interest.
Looking at the Wissahickon School District's directory, I could not find a "Wendy C." in their database--even as a janitor.
A search of the Philadelphia School District's website turned up no Wendy C, either.
Is Astroturfing for Obama making up names of phantom teachers to scare people into urging Congress to vote for this election year gift to teachers unions?