Paul Ryan: We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the Chicago teachers’ union

posted at 7:20 pm on September 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Neither Jay Carney nor Romney mentioned Rahm in their respective statements on the strike (Carney punted on the matter altogether, not surprisingly), but Ryan knows a political opportunity when he sees one. In a standoff between two of Obama’s biggest cronies, his former chief of staff and the unions that bankroll him, The One’s going to strain mightily to remain scrupulously neutral. Romney/Ryan’s task: Make that neutrality as uncomfortable as possible.

The only surprise, says National Journal, is that it took the campaign this long to twist the knife.

“If you turned on the TV this morning or sometime today, you probably saw something about the Chicago teacher’s union strike. I’d like to make a couple of comments about that because it does matter. I’ve known Rahm Emanuel for years. He’s a former colleague of mine. Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher’s union strike is unnecessary and wrong. We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“We stand with the children and we stand with the families and the parents of Chicago because education reform, that’s a bipartisan issue. This does not have to divide the two parties. And so, we were going to ask, where does President Obama stand? Does he stand with his former Chief of Staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with the children and the parents, or does he stand with the union? On issues like this, we need to speak out and be really clear. In a Romney-Ryan administration we will not be ambiguous, we will stand with education reform, we will champion bipartisan education reforms. This is a critical linchpin to the future of our country, to our economy, to make sure that our children go to the best possible school, and that education reforms revolve around the parents and the child, not the special interest group. This is something that’s critical for all of us.”

Read Ed’s post from this morning if you missed it earlier. The optics of this strike are gruesome for Democrats: You’ve got the best paid teachers in the country, who already take home nearly $30,000 per year more on average than the average Chicago family, walking out on kids in Obama’s own hometown even though a friendly Democratic face in Rahm Emanuel is on the other side of the table. It’s an object lesson in union ruthlessness, and Rahm’s going to have no choice but to dig in lest he illustrate just what the GOP has in mind when it talks about Democrats having been captured by Big Labor. The question is how heavily this might weigh on voters. Last year, when the protests first started raging in Wisconsin, there was sympathy for PEUs. Eighteen months later, Scott Walker’s still governor, public sentiment in Wisconsin has shifted, and the national electorate’s had more time to absorb news stories about California and Greece. If this had happened two weeks ago, rest assured that it would have received ample coverage in Christie’s keynote speech at the convention. As it is, I wonder if Romney will call on him to hit the trail to hammer this issue. Time for an impromptu presser by the big guy somewhere in Chicago?

Via Reason, four and a half minutes on what every parent needs to know.

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If PEU’s donated most of their political moneys to Republicans, I suppose that video would have been produced by Media Matters or some other Libtard outfit.

You have Chambers of Commerce out there using your money to grease politician’s hands to use eminent domain to take over property so they can profit. By “your money” I mean the money you paid into local businesses for goods and services. It’s a fallacious argument. If you pay somebody for some service, it’s no longer “your money”, it’s their money.

Now, if the good people of Chicago are willing to stand for this, why feel sorry for them? They keep electing these corrupt party bosses over and over and over again.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 11, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Revenge is a dish that is best served cold…

bandarlog on September 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Ah, the public is finally starting to see that the Teachers’ Unions, promoters of overpaid ineptitude, control public education.
Now, also, as we conservatives see, public education is itself proving to be an unassailable bastion of bungling ineffectiveness. Consider this: if you gave local citizens a limited budget, maybe even just a fifth of what the equivalent institutions of public education require to graduate illiterates, these local citizens would get the job done. Cost conscious, and above all, effective, education. Long term: get the public out of education. It serves no one.

anotherJoe on September 11, 2012 at 2:37 AM

WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

urban elitist

A liberal lying about Walmart is yet another example proving liberals are…well, liars.

xblade on September 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

And, of course, some send their kids to private schools, (as I did).
urban elitist on January 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Not at all. (rogerb) brought up a point that was irrelevant to this discussion.
urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM


I am saying that there should be changes and that people who are insulated from the problem are unlikely to propose solutions.
urban elitist on January 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

New hotness:

Where my kids went to school has nothing to do with the politics of this strike.
urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I think Rahm should hold firm on the teacher evaluations and other outstanding issues — I think it will benefit him politically in the long run and the city of Chicago and its kids.
urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

rogerb on September 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

While the rest of the country suffers these bloated time-serving hacks strike for more. I remember seeing an NEA plaque on a HS teachers’ desk back in the 70s. She was a good teacher yet I remember even then thinking, that doesn’t seem quite right, a teacher belonging to a union. And now I think of all the time-serving hacks back then that must have belonged. Ugh. But even the worst of them were not as overfed and greedy as those we see in this and other teacher unions these days. It’s just one of the facets of the USA that changed for the worst over the decades. I see the charter schools have atayed open. Are they being picketed. Will there be violence? Will the MSM report it if so? Does Illinois have cyber school? If not lawmakers with Common Sense, if any, would have leverage right now to get it going. Give Bill Bennett a call.

curved space on September 11, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Every one of those striking, ignorant, UNEDUCATED idiots should be fired. Oh wait, they are U N I O N members. AND? Fire them anyway!

TX-96 on September 11, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Great move, but I will step aside so all of our resident ABR’s can tell us what a failure and bad move this is.

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

They don’t come in threads with good news, they’d rather swarm and writhe around in the negative threads, sliming each other and everything that comes close. I’m SICK of this cynic-chic doomsterism.

thebrokenrattle on September 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

It’s chic only in their psychotic minds…to most normal /sane minds what they are doing is just plain disgusting and cynical…but they are also easy to ignore, partly because they are pretty dumb, partly because they are sooo predictable and unimaginative that it’s almost laughable….

jimver on September 11, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I dunno about this. It’s not like Rahm is trying to reform the union or Chicago education.

Guess this is the lesser of two evils?

TexAz on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I agree. He has to be getting something out of this…nothing happens without him benefiting, somehow.

ccrosby on September 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Rahm checked and Chicago can’t just print money… so he actually has a budget to consider.

I still think this is just a ploy by the unions (surprise) for the next battle. If they “cave” and take the Cadillac they’ve been offered (by pretending how awesome they are for doing so), they’re set up to ask for the Maserati next time.

mankai on September 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM

A liberal lying about Walmart is yet another example proving liberals are…well, liars.

xblade on September 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Unfortunately, both of those are true to some extent. Wal-Mart has also faced very large lawsuits for insulting treatment to women.

The place has really gone off the rails since its founder died.

MelonCollie on September 11, 2012 at 8:07 AM

WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

urban elitist

The VERY people Obama wants to check his name at the ballot box without Voter Identification.

DevilsPrinciple on September 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

This is a sure sign of Republican desperation. The Chicago teacher’s strike will have zero effect on the presidential election. Have fun. Maybe you’ll win a news cycle for a change.
urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Nice of you to admit to there being a Liberal Media.
sentinelrules on September 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Their dishonesty & vile crookedness is astounding.

Not at all. he brought up a point that was irrelevant to this discussion.
urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

The fact that you admit to sending your kids to a private school is quite relevant.
You are a liberal, spouting off liberal talking points,garbage, and then you have the temerity to comment on this subject like it somehow matters to you when it clearly doesn’t.
Since you have no irons in the fire on this issue, you feel free to blather away.
Now tell me, do you support a voucher system so a parent can try & get their kid to a school that will teach their child?
Or are you against it, even though as a Liberal you must support the variety of deadbeat social programs already in the pipe?
Bcs vouchers would also give poor people public money for a social issue: Education.

Badger40 on September 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

urban elitist

The WalMart in Dickinson ND is paying up to $14/hr.
My daughter used to work there.
And she loved it.
Until they refused to move her to the electronics dept. They kept her on cashier bcs she was very good at her job.
Problem is, it was burning her out & they put lazy flunkies back in the electronics dept who hadn’t worked there as long over her.
So she quit.
They offered her raises of several $$/hr to keep her on.
It was the store’s management practices in assigning duties that made her quit.
NOT the $$.

Badger40 on September 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM

WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

urban elitist

Maybe some government committee can convene a meeting and deterimine that in the public interest is is best that a directive is ordered to pay all wal-mart associates $90,000/year.

All problems solved. /

tom daschle concerned on September 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

A liberal lying about Walmart is yet another example proving liberals are…well, liars.

xblade on September 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Funny thing is my wife recently had the opportunity to test the waters amongst many employers. WalMart pays close to $10 per hour. Democrat owned Kohl’s (as in Herb) pays minimum wage.

Go figure. Both that a Democrat would pay his workers so much less than Walmart, and that Democrats on these boards would be too stupid to figure out such things for themselves.

MNHawk on September 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM

WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

urban elitist

Yeah, those people being forced to work at Wal-Mart against their wills is terrible… wait a sec… you mean they don’t have to work there?

I’m sure they’re also disgusted that they can’t use their educations for better employment. All those Wal-mart workers with 2-year, 4-year and advanced degrees stocking shelves at age 45… wait a sec… you mean that Wal-Mart primarily employs young people and people who didn’t choose to advance their skills and education?

But you know what would really help these people, if we punished people and companies which create wealth by taxing it away from them… wait a sec… you mean when we do that we retard the velocity of money in the system and we reduce disposable income which might come to Wal-Mart and reduce Wal-Mart’s ability to better compensate their workers?

Who knew?

mankai on September 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

MNHawk on September 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Got in a leftist thread at another site concerning teacher/fireman/etc. pay. Of course, they should all make the same as a US Senator!!1!11!!1 Well, one guy stated “all these Republicans trying to cut their pay [etc.]”. I asked for one example (since most cities are run by Democrat mayors). He had none… but I had one… the mayor of Scranton lowered pay for cops/fire to minimum wage because (shockingly) the city’s leftist policies finally ran out of other people’s money.

Oh, but that guy is just a douche… Republicans are still evil and stuff!/

mankai on September 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM

It will take a week before the empty chair figures out what to say and which side to be on. Maybe a foreign crisis will happen to distract him and us away from this local disaster. The unions don’t seem to be on his side all of a sudden or they would have pushed this past the election. Maybe it’s payback for his no help in WI. This won’t end well for him and it’s WI all over again on a national stage.

Kissmygrits on September 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Oh, Got it on good authority (WSJ) that the strike is illegal. Illinois law stipulates that they can strike about wages, but not policy – which is what they are doing. So, fire away Mr. Emmanuel.

runner on September 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

CTU Political Action and Legislative Committees followed a rigorous method of questionnaires, interviews and broad-ranging debate in coming up with this list of candidates.

Will you give us more money?

__YES ___NO

They have endorsed 117 IL candidates for 2012… shockingly, all are Democrats.

mankai on September 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

This is all about power. Perhaps it is a good time to revisit Chicago values.

STL_Vet on September 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Fire all the union THUGS… Disband the Union via Executive fiat. Eliminate Collective Bargaining. Stop mandatory union dues. Illinois as New York and CA., are Failed States. They borrow BILLIONS to relieve BILLIONS in unfunded liabilities, mostly union pensions. Collectively they hold about 1/2 TRILLION (500 BILLION) in unfunded liabilities. They are fools and anyone whom lives in those 3 states that are taxed to death and run by Democrats should move. Their bond rating are horrible and their cities are beginning to declare bankruptcies.

Their cites are Democratic Party ghetto cities are the new reservations for minorities, poverty, crime, UNWED Mothers, school dropouts(76%), 50 percent illiteracy rate, corrupt unions, abortions, drugs, gangs, gangsters, guns, abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, school truancy, car-jacking, human depravity, cronyism, incompetence, arrogance, 7 out of 10 murders remain unsolved, unemployment rate is 32.9%, and general entitlement living. They have become this way (AS WE ALL KNOW) from the liberal progressive mindset of spread the wealth. With Aid to Dependent Children, (73% Out of Wedlock) minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children and all on American taxpayer dollars. America city reservations are a vast urban wilderness filled with mayhem and death.

Brushjumper on September 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Here you go. From the red koolaid drinking and red t-shirt wearing niece:

Teachers standing up for their rights and the rights of their students is detrimental to the children? No, you know what is detrimental to children? Being in classes with 40 other students, with no air conditioning or books, forced to waste weeks out of the year taking standardized tests, having little to no access to a school library, nurse, social worker, special education teacher, art education or p.e., while, instead, the politicians in charge decide to use the money to privatize education with charter schools, which research shows is detrimental to the education system. And in the real world, CEO’s don’t force their employees to work at least 20% more (just in class) a year for a pay decrease FOR NO REASON other than political gain, then rescind a contractually obligated raise by saying they’re broke after they illegally divert millions of dollars. Oh wait, CPS did all that just this year alone. Guess we aren’t living in the real world after all. But as I said, this isn’t about the money. No teacher gets into this field expecting to be paid well. But a little respect would be nice. One thing I make sure to teach my students is the importance of researching credible sources and how to identify bias and propaganda. I highly suggest you employ the same techniques. I’m done responding to this nonsense.

I wasn’t finished. I corrected her “real world” information, told her to tell Karen Lewis to give back the raise offer in exchange for the needed benefits for the children (since it wasn’t about the money), asked about the NEA donating her dues to the politicians and gave her this link:

The Machine: The Truth Behind Teachers Unions

Well, there goes another niece. I lost one during Occupy, too. Meh.

Fallon on September 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Before I moved to Wisconsin, I lived in Chicagoland for 20 years. Some fun facts:

39% of CPS teachers send their children to private schools.

The “emergency” schools that are open are vetted to keep rival gangs apart (really? If you know they’re gang members, why are they still in school?) – Hat tip

In addition to accountability, one of the major gripes is with the Wellness initiative – the teachers will have to be weighed in (!) at Walgreens or at the pound (not kidding).

CPS has a history of mismanagement – when Daley took over in 2002, he found warehouses of out of date books, still shrink-wrapped from the publisher, that never made it to the classroom. The waste at CPS is astonishing.

Teachers are just now being asked to work a full day – previously, Chicago had the shortest school day and school year in the US. If you extrapolate their 6 hour day x 163 day work year – it’s less than a part time job (978 hours / year, 2080 is 40 hours/week)

Daisy_WI on September 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Rahm doesn’t like when others don’t let a crisis go to waste.

On Monday, Emanuel dismissed Romney’s remarks as politically motivated during a press conference in Chicago.

“While I appreciate his lip service, what really counts is what we’re doing here and I don’t give two hoots about national comments scoring political points or trying to embarrass or whatever the president,” Emanuel said.

Scrappy on September 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

These struggling school systems need to cut their losses and lose the dead weight. By that I mean starting with the “children” who only show up to socialize, “hook up”, play sports, mouth off and so off. 15 sounds like a good cut off point.

We can’t keep pretending that we can afford the miscreants and all the extra expenses that goes along with having their warm bodies show up (maybe most of the time) at school.

Focus on the students who actually want to learn and do something productive with their lives and who have supportive parents.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

urban elitist

You’re full of it, and only have these thoughts in your head second hand.

My next-door neighbor worked a 30-hour a week Walmart shift, and was insured. Her husband contracted stomach cancer. The insurance not only paid for for his treatments in Pensacola, they let her relocate for six months during his recovery, helped with moving expenses, and raised money within the company to help defer extra expenses.

itsspideyman on September 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM