Posts Tagged With: low pay

CONSEQUENCES OF DIVISIVE POLITICS

On January 19th, the Bridger Pipeline,running oil from Canada to Baker Montana where it meets the Butte pipeline, had a leak into the Yellowstone river near Glendive, Montana.  The  system gathers crude from Bakken producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota. The company cannot yet say when the line will reopen or what caused the leak.
Since the new Republican Congress was sworn in, they’ve challenged the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline, when we are no longer dependent on imported oil and we have oil surpluses with the solar farms and electrification of autos. And gas prices are so low, Jim reported to me that he paid just under $2 a gallon in Arizona.

The new Republican congress attacked women’s healthcare, Social Security, Wall Street reform and they are pushing back against net neutrality.  Republicans are circulating bills––some disguised as “bi-partisan.” These bills are proposing fake net neutrality to confuse the issue––the bills were written by members of Congress bought and paid for by Big Cable.

They won’t stop working to decimate Obamacare and Wall Street reform. They won’t stop trying to give new tax breaks to oil companies, or to millionaires and billionaires. (That recent bank written 1.1 million compromise on the Dodd-Frank bill putting us in the same position for another meltdown.)

This isn’t Democracy as I’ve known it. Am I just imagining a non-productive, low wage, poorly educated population, an imprisoned black population, and charter schools that teach a false history?  Am I just imagining that our country is moving backward, getting poorer and more violent and militant? Am I wrong about the growing ranks of the jobless and homeless with no opportunity to retire with a pension or at least, social security? What have they done to the middle class?

It will be a hard long slog to change things, slowly, at the state level, bit by bit. Or convince Republicans that their agenda isn’t right for our country. Can you help?

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ARE YOU SICK OF HIGHLY PAID TEACHERS?

I blatantly copied this from an email sent to me by my friend, Dominic Torchia who lives in Tuolumne County.  He got it from a friend that shared it with him on Facebook.

And, my youngest daughter teaches at a Jesuit College, Santa Clara University.

ARE YOU SICK OF HIGHLY PAID TEACHERS.

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours).

So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE….

That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.

$50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)

WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

* And next time you are out there gathering signatures for unification of Tuolumne County Schools, and someone bitches about the teachers making too much money – show them this number – then show  Tuolumne C’ounty’s top two superintendent’s what we pay per student.  Also, you might remind them that at Sonora High and elsewhere, some classes have 41 students in them – and those are not Phys Ed classes.

It is kind of interesting when you compare teachers wages to babysitters wages. Day care centers make much bigger bucks than teachers per hour. When my own kids paid day care for their kids, it was their second highest payment next to their house payment.

Now, quitcherbitchin and have a heart for the people who choose to make a difference in your kids lives.

(Tax ball parks as a business and send the money to the schools.)

 

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