The [Monday] Papers
Things I posted or wrote on my Facebook page this weekend:
* Steve Rhodes proposes a new law: You are not allowed to speak, post, tweet, write or communicate in any way unless or until you know what the hell you are talking about.
Also: ideology is now prohibited. All it is is inerrant political religion designed to manipulate masses for the benefit of elites. The world works only according to the laws of physics, not according to strictures of liberalism, conservatism or any other ism dreamed up over the millennia.
Also: Dishonesty - be it in advertising, business, politics or simple discourse - will now be punished severely. Only facts will rule; insinuation and disingenuous speculation will no longer be allowed. Instead of being distracted by diversions, let's all devote ourselves to discovering the available truths about the people, places and events of our world - no matter who gains or loses.
* Dear American citizens: You're fired. I can't take you anymore. If you want to re-apply for your positions, you will have to be re-educated. The process isn't hard, it's just one class: Civics 101. Apparently, though, most of you missed it the first time.
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Starting to pay for Chicago Public School teachers ranges from $50,577 to $66,560 depending on academic credentials.
The median household income in the United States is $46,326.
The median household income in Chicago is $38,625,
Rahm made $18 million in two-and-a-half years as an investment banker without any prior experience.
"After Mr. Emanuel left banking to run for Congress, members of the securities and investment industry became his biggest backers, donating more than $1.5 million to his campaigns dating back to 2002, according to the Center for Responsive Politics," the New York Times reports.
"Mr. Emanuel also leaned heavily upon the industry while he was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 midterm elections. Financial industry donors contributed more than $5.8 million to the committee, behind only retirees."
Rahm explained his position regarding teacher strikes by saying that, like police officers and firefighters, teachers perform an "essential service."
But if their service is so essential, shouldn't they be paid more than those who perform unessential services, like politically connected investment bankers?
Rahm's three kids are split between two private schools in Washington, D.C.; Jewish Primary Day School, where tuition is $18,950 a year, and Maret, where tuition starts at $26,585 a year for kindergarten through fourth grade, and goes up to $30,600 a year for high school.
In other words, it costs half a Chicago Public Schools teacher's salary to attend a single year at one of Rahm's kids' schools.
So if CPS teachers aren't underpaid, can we at least agree that Rahm is overpaying for his kids' education? You can't have it both ways.
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