"The real problem here isn't teachers, or unions, per se, but a culture of ENTITLEMENT.
"Teachers' unions have protected -- encouraged -- a climate wherein two select, and symbiotic, groups can further each others' interests.
"On the one hand, you have the union, which insists, despite overwhelming evidence no one can deny anymore, that the gravy train is just fine. The tax base -- that is, non-union working public -- can't afford to pay the taxes to keep these nice cushy salaries and benefits going.
"Add to that a long-simmering anger among ordinary Americans that teachers are pushing a revisionist history on our children ("womyn's studies") (ban "Huckleberry Finn" because the N-word is used, never mind that it is HISTORY -- hear that, author? Excuse me, "herstory." Meh.) People are sick to the teeth with the CRAP foisted on our children in the name of "education." And STILL they can't do simple math or recite the preambles of either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.
"And so you have a perfect storm. Add to the mix the derelict lawmakers, ogling Tilted Kilt tarts on the TAXPAYER'S dollar, and you've got a recipe for BIG changes."
An editorialist at Melbourne, Australia's Herald Sun believes with city officials that ANZAC veterans should not be allowed to march in the annual parade (but be made to ride in cars), not have their children and grandchildren march with them (unless they're "caregivers") and, basically, that their time is done and we should just dismiss them.
I left a blistering comment that probably will not be printed.