Saw something very interestin on the National Review blog. We finally have some good news in the battle between government workers and the serfs who support them (i.e., taxpayers). A Rhode Island town, frustrated by the intransigence of the teacher union, decided to fire the entire staff of the local high school. The union was upset that teachers were being asked to work harder, even though teachers make more than three times as much as the town’s median income. Hopefully, this is a sign that taxpayers have finally become fed up and state and local politicians will decide that they need to side with the people pulling the wagon rather than those riding in the wagon. Here’s an excerpt from the Providence Journal:
Under threat of losing their jobs if they didn’t go along with extra work for not a lot of extra pay, the Central Falls Teachers’ Union refused Friday morning to accept a reform plan for one of the worst-performing high schools in the state. The superintendent didn’t blink either. After learning of the union’s position, School Supt. Frances Gallo notified the state that she was switching to an alternative she was hoping to avoid: firing the entire staff at Central Falls High School. In total, about 100 teachers, administrators and assistants will lose their jobs. Gallo blamed the union’s “callous disregard” for the situation, saying union leaders “knew full well what would happen” if they rejected the six conditions Gallo said were crucial to improving the school. …In an interview, Jane M. Sessums, union president, said the union intends to fight the terminations, although she was not ready to say how.
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A story from the U.K.’s Daily Mail shocked me for two reasons. First, a supermarket has announced that it won’t offer valuable savings on infant formula because it violates European law. Apparently, there are lots of bored bureaucrats in Brussels who apparently have nothing better to do than concoct such inane policies. That was bad enough, but the story also reveals that the government sends bureaucrats to the homes of new mothers to badger them back in the workforce (presumably to pay taxes to support needless bureaucrats). Can anyone from England tell me if this is a mandatory program? Do families have to accept visits from these baby-ogling bureaucrats?
New mothers are being denied valuable money saving offers on infant milk formula because of ‘politically correct’ pressure to breast feed. Boots says it cannot award loyalty points on milk for newborns because it is against EU law to ‘promote’ bottle feeding. …Under European legislation, Boots and other stores with loyalty schemes can be penalised by trading standards officers for ‘incentives’ to buy formula milk for babies up to six months. …Health visitors sent to help new mothers have been told to ask them when they will go back to work. They have been instructed to find out about job plans as part of routine checks on the health of the baby. The pressure on mothers to think about an early return to work has come as part of a Government drive to widen the role of health visitors. But their union last night called the edict ‘unethical’, while mothers said the intrusive questioning made them feel guilty for wanting to stay at home to look after their families.
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The bureaucrats at the TSA must be trying to surpass their colleagues at various motor vehicles departments in the race for bone-headed and inane bureaucracy. Here’s a story from Philadelphia about abusive treatment of a 4-year old kid with leg braces. Even though I think it’s ridiculous, I can understand the rule about not allowing metal to go through without more inspection. But what possible purpose does it serve not to allow a parent to carry a child through?
This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year-old officer in Camden’s emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan. Ryan was taking his first flight, to Walt Disney World, for his fourth birthday. The boy is developmentally delayed, one of the effects of being born 16 weeks prematurely. His ankles are malformed and his legs have low muscle tone. In March he was just starting to walk. …The boy’s father broke down the stroller and put it on the conveyor belt as Leona Thomas walked Ryan through the metal detector. The alarm went off. The screener told them to take off the boy’s braces. The Thomases were dumbfounded. “I told them he can’t walk without them on his own,” Bob Thomas said. “He said, ‘He’ll need to take them off.’ ” Ryan’s mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic. No, the screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own. …Bob Thomas was furious. He demanded to see a supervisor. The supervisor asked what was wrong. “I told him, ‘This is overkill. He’s 4 years old. I don’t think he’s a terrorist.’ ” The supervisor replied, “You know why we’re doing this,” Thomas said. Thomas said he told the supervisor he was going to file a report, and at that point the man turned and walked away.
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