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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 27, 2012/ 11 Tishrei, 5773

The teachers union commits suicide

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The teachers union will never recover from this strike in Chicago. If its demonstrations against Scott Walker were self-destructive, then the strike now unfolding is pure assisted suicide.

Of course, voters like the teachers union when it advocates for better schools but hate it when it strikes. And, of course, voters sympathize with teachers when they ask for more money, but are alienated when they seek to perpetuate tenure for incompetent teachers and to fight merit pay based on student performance.

The fact that the strike is not focused on wages and benefits but on work rules, tenure and seniority will drive voters to turn off these teachers all over the country.

But the worst news for the teachers union is that its strike is against a Democrat, not a Republican. Against Rahm Emanuel, a Democratic mayor closely identified with both Presidents Clinton and Obama. Against a Republican, people might figure the teachers have a case and are victims of GOP insensitivity or their desire to cut spending. Their opposition to Gov. Walker in Wisconsin and their inability to recall him attested to the limits of the union's power but did not strain its credibility. But against a Democrat, the teachers union's strike is marginalizing it and making its members seem like the far-out liberal loons they are.

At the same time, Emanuel is establishing the notion that pro-education, pro-teacher mainstream Democrats also want the reform of tenure, the adoption of merit pay and accountability and school choice. He is triangulating. On the one hand, we have Republicans whose commitment to education is, on the left, suspect. On the other hand, there are the unions that want no change and no accountability. And then there is Emanuel and his ilk of Democrats, who want reform without gutting public schools. It is this third way that will destroy the political plausibility of the teachers union.

For the moment, the strike forces Obama to choose between his voters and his donors, between his supporters and his field organization. The Democratic Party is largely owned by the teachers union. It is its financial pillar and its leading source of manpower, field organization and grassroots workers. If Obama sits out the strike having made such a big deal of his education agenda at his convention, he looks weak. If he sides with the teachers, he marginalizes himself. But if he backs Rahm, he will alienate the very forces he needs to get reelected.

The teachers strike — as long as it lasts — is a national spectacle of union suicide as surely as was the PATCO strike early in Reagan's term.

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