The attacks on public education include attempts to destroy the incomes of active and retired teachers and other public employees. The pillage of public pensions has become the latest created crisis in state after state. Read HERE.
Illinois, with its super-majority Democratic legislators who pass ALEC written corporate education reform laws, is as bad or worse than most states. Money buys legislative votes regardless of so-called political party affiliation or constitutional protections.
My friend and blogger, Glen Brown, wrote this to the Springfield Journal Register: (HERE.)
It is a matter of public interest when current policymakers attempt to rob public employees of their Constitutionally guaranteed contracts, for punishing and victimizing public employees through a breach of contract instead of addressing the state’s inadequate revenue system and underfunding of the public pensions is a form of violence upon a group of people who have faithfully served the citizens of Illinois. It is a violation of due process and equal protection.
According to the U.S. Constitution, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
It is reprehensible when Illinois policymakers choose not to uphold their oath of office and protect the state’s constitutional contracts. It is deplorable when Illinois policymakers support and listen to wealthy interest groups instead — those organizations that drain state contracts of their legal and moral content and, thus, exploit the citizenry of Illinois.
(Glen’s blogs are always linked in this right hand column.)
The lies about money failing pension investments are just that, LIES. Despite media propaganda to the contrary, many pension funds are thriving. Read the actual data HERE and HERE for examples. The constant and ongoing legalized theft and misappropriation of state funds has simply been given the euphemism “underfunding” by the thieving legislators who are giving away hundreds of millions of tax dollars to their campaign donors in the form of “tax breaks and incentives.”
Unless all active and retired teachers along with other active and retired public employees act together. We must educate our friends and neighbors by using our networks via phone, email, text, tweets, blogs, Facebook, letters-to-the-editor, face-to-face at public events and every other means we have at hand.
Refuse to be willing victims. Fight back.