With what is taking place in the state of Wisconsin, taxpayers are beginning to take notice of the incredible conflict of interest that are public employee unions. Many states throughout our nation are facing current budget crises as well as huge future obligations that they simply can not meet without addressing the problem of public employee unions. I think we can all agree that one of our primary obligations as a nation is the education of our children and future generations and I am certainly not here to attack teachers. That said, I will be the first to say that I am vehemently opposed to teachers, and any government employees for that matter, unionizing.
When you are forced by law to fund something, as we are with the public school system, it is absolutely absurd to have “closed shop” union practices taking place. How can anyone justify the idea that a teacher, in order to follow their dream of educating future generations, must join and pay dues to a union that they may or may not agree with? That to me doesn’t sound like any type of freedom at all.
I have no problem with unions in the private sector, because the market will determine for a private business if the union proves to be to the detriment of the business or not. In the free market system, if union demands become to cumbersome for a business and that business can no longer afford to provide their product or service at a cost that the market will bear, well, the business simply goes out of business or goes bankrupt and must re-structure. Government, which we are forced by law to fund, on the other hand is a completely different story. Government is really just a legalized monopoly that we have no choice but to participate in funding. We can not just say, “I don’t agree with the price or practice so I will take my business elsewhere”. When a union is introduced into this equation, we now have a serious conflict of interest!
If we introduced free market principles into our school system, removed big government “one size fits all” control & truly returned power to the parents and local taxpayers, I believe our successful teachers would end up being much better compensated, teachers who don’t pull their weight would be weeded out, our future generations would receive a much better education, and local and state budgets would not be so overwhelmed by unfunded future liabilities!!
Let me know what you think…