This is unsustainable. I have been saying that old poeple are killing us with this transfer, and that nearly 6 out of everey 10 dollars coming out of the U.S. Treasury in the form of entitlement payments are for old people (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the biggies). They are public enemy #1.
But who's #2? Public school teachers, of course. Yes, those folks who have custody of our children for six to eight hours daily, Monday through Friday. And they are not doing the job that their predecessors did, either: check out the questions that were on an 8th grade math test in 1895:
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.
Our 8th graders today can barely read, much less answer a single question above, thanks to our current crop of parasitic public school teachers. These public teachers, all members of teachers unions, incidentally, work for 30 years, and retire in their early 50's at 75% or so of their salaries for the rest of their lives. And they receive other benefits during this idle time as well. And who pays for these parasites to retire in luxury in their Boca Raton condos?
Us private sector schmucks, who work our entire lives until we drop dead (or retire on our hard earned portfolios), and we are paying these blood sucking teachers to lay around in their hammocks on the beach, sipping their Mai Tais for up to 30 years or more on OUR DIME!
When I went to my elementary public school in the early 1960's, the entire school of 200 kids, K through 6th grade, was taught, managed and maintained by a staff of around 16 people:
- The principal
- Two administrators
- School nurse
- 10 teachers
- 1 janitor
- 1 general maintenance employee
- 1 Principal
- 2 Vice Principals
- 10 or more administrators
- 30 teachers (to include gym teachers, art teachers, music teachers, choir teachers, etc)
- 2 school nurses
- a nurse's aide
- 10 cafeteria workers
- 4 janitors
- 4 lawn mowing people
- 5 general maintenance crew workers
It's an unsustainable racket, I say. Simply unsustainable. But old people are still #1 (in terms of public enemies, that is...).
Sorry, old folks and public union teachers. I call 'em as I see em. And don't forget this: these public teachers get the summer off, with pay.