Is anyone else offended...

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2007
Is anyone else offended...
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 3:34pm

...at Boehner's condescending reference to teachers as nothing but "liberal special interests"?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 3:37pm
He's a jerk.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-10-2010
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 3:57pm
The Republicans in Congress probably don't like the offset on this bill. If one was a solid Republican, what would one choose? This closes tax loopholes (effectively raises some taxes) on multinational corporations in exchange for funding teacher salaries and reducing teacher layoffs. Putting on my Republican politician hat, I'd say "no" to this bill, because a Republican politician has more interest in keeping taxes low. Plus, there has always been some distaste for teachers on the part of Republican politicians, because many teachers belong to unions. Republicans politicians do not like unions. Boehner is just towing the Republican party line here. I'll never understand why teachers or any government workers would vote for Republican politicians, but they do.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2009
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 4:17pm

I am offended by him nearly every time he opens his mouth. I have to wonder why teachers are so frequently the scapegoats of the republican party though. From being called a terrorist organization to a liberal special interest, I just can't fathom why they can't think before they open their mouths.

I guess it's OK with him if states and municipalities start laying teachers off and class sizes grow to 40 - never mind that children are only children for a relatively short period of time. You can't really say - 'Sorry the economy is so bad, we'll get back to educating you when things pick up.'

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-04-2002
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 4:22pm
Yes I agree with you - don't know why Republicans are targeting teachers!
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 4:24pm

In all fairness, I didn't read the post. However, I think you always have to consider what "context" a comment is being made in. They are most definitely a "liberal special interest" group and they may be nothing more than in the context of special interest groups. That doesn't translate into him thinking that's "ALL THEY ARE" outside that context as well.

So I wouldn't take any offense to that at all. You should hear what they say about those in my profession! You have to consider the context or getting offended is a waste of time.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2007
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 4:32pm

I think there are ways to express an opinion about targeted spending without insulting the target.


I wish that, in the original stimulus, the focus on jobs was more on infrastructure than public services, not because I don't support cops or teachers or firemen (my family is full of them), but because the largest number of unemployed at the time were construction workers.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2006
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 4:41pm

Actually, I had to laugh at this Washington Post comment,


"It's the Sophie's choice of budget decisions: Should we cut Medicaid? Fire teachers? Or slash food stamps?


How about all three? "

 

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 5:09pm

You do what you HAVE to do. There is no way on earth that the Senate would have allowed a reduction in oil and gas subsidies in exchange for food stamps. What is more important? Corporations or hungry people? I will put on my Republican politician hat here and say, "corporations are more important." Let the rest eat crab cakes (if they're safe to eat after the BP gusher). Seriously, there is strong support for oil and gas subsidies and weak support for lazy, poor, and possibly unemployed people. It is a matter of priorities.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-15-2008
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 5:15pm
Just one more example of how little value is put on education in this country.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 5:22pm

Now that was a very tasteless comment. And I'm not easily offended. I honestly don't think I would want to read any further after reading that comment.

And I'm really surprised you found it to be funny.

Comparing a budget cut to choosing between which of your children to have murdered is funny? That's such a stretch for you!

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