Below some comments is article of NBC's report of DEMOCRAT Rhode Island Mayor who fired all the cities teachers. But NBC mislabeled him as a Republican. Bias or mistake? Who knows but the media has a tendency to use labels in a bias way at NBC and other news sources. For more evidence of this see Party ID.
The liberal media would love to make this a partisan issue when it comes to state budgets. They would love to paint Republicans as the bad guys having to make "unnecessary" cuts when they can tax the job creators and the capital of the rich needed to invest and create those jobs in the private sector (which by the way funds the public sector). When in reality both Democrats and Republicans are dealing with the same problem in that they are running out of money and they do not believe it will create further revenue for there respected states to tax the job creators and capital that could be used to create jobs running investments out of their state. Believe it or not all that Governor Christie did in New Jersey was approved by a Democrat led New Jersey state legislature. In Wisconsin it is true that the House, the Senate and the Governor flipped from Democrat to Republican in 2010 and so there it will be a truly partisan issue but nationwide it is hardly the case as is further evidenced in Rhode Island. Either cut the benefits or loose jobs for there is no more money.
Sure there is another option which public sector unions always point out and that is tax the job creators (the rich), tax the private sector and tax the rewards of production/reinvestment and job creation but then you have less capital to create private sector jobs with to grow for the future (a sector without which the public sector would not be funded) not to fail to mention less capital in the future to tax for that capital is not laying under the pillows of the rich but is actively being re-invested or put in a bank where it is growing via interest and the banks are then re-investing but if you tax it it will not grow nor have the opportunity to be re-invested in job creation for the next year.
It is also important to note that the more the rich are making the more revenue for that state and the more jobs will be created in that state via a product the masses find worthy of their purchase and all this without increasing taxes. But to unjustly tax production because public sector unions are out of control is not an option for fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats who are under budget crunches and need to attract future investments into their state or at the federal level into their country to create jobs here and not overseas.
Besides when you compare the products the private sector gives us that we all willingly pay for cause we find value in them to the products that our Government many times unwillingly force upon us like ObamaCare and our poor educational system and our soon to be bankrupted Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid which is soon to bankrupt the whole country if nothing is done about it. At least when I buy a computer from the rich that money gets reinvested to create further products and jobs and actually grows but the products we get from our Government tends to lead to the inevitable bankrupting of it all. And that is the worst investment that could be made. Invest in an entity that is 14 trillion dollars in debt at other people's expense or invest in an entity that actually creates wealth so that the debt itself could be paid off. No man in his right or left mind will invest in a company that is 14 trillion in debt. We need to get the Government and all its unfunded political promises that will bankrupt us all out of the way so that "We the people..." can work hard and earn a better future for our children via all the collective talents of America and yes that even includes the talents of the rich and those talented in wisely investing and reinvesting. And you can bet it will trickle down to everybody in many different forms via jobs, salaries, benefits, better and more advanced products, etc etc etc. Just look at the 80's under Reagan.
We need both the talents of investors who invest in the product and the talents of the product makers. Both talents serve us well (the consumers who are both producers and investors in production) as we find the product valuable and we willingly choose to buy it. Unfunded expensive promises of politicians do not serve us well. In the end they bankrupt us. Look at the hidden unfunded promises of Government pushed homeownership. Sure temporarily it looked great but now we are finding it served none of us well and we will soon be in that position with ObamaCare, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security if nothing is done unless our economy booms like it has never boomed before. There simply will be no money to fund these promises that some of our politicians are making to us. Business get it cause they have to get it or else they go bankrupt before bankrupting a nation. Governments don't seem to get it until it is to late.
If you believe it was entirely Wall Street, capitalism and greed that did in our economy in 2008 than do be sure to include the Government's huge rule in the demise at label Mortgage Crisis or start with Obama administration admitting that Fannie and Freddie were a "core part" of the country's financial woes remembering that Fannie and Freddie in 2008 were GSE's (Government Sponsored Enterprise) which hugely distorted the private sector market. In other words the market that failed was not a true free market especially the market that caused the financial melt down in 2008 namely the mortgage market.
Now finally to the article....
NBC Mislabels Dem Mayor as 'R' After Providence Fires All Its School Teachers-Media Research Center.
On Sunday’s NBC Nightly News, a report filed by correspondent Kevin Tibbles mislabeled the Democratic Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, Angel Taveras, as a Republican during the piece which recounted that the city’s school board had fired all its teachers with the intent to hire back some of them to help solve the city’s budget problems.
Anchor Lester Holt briefly referred to protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, as he introduced the report:
In Madison, Wisconsin, protesters who’ve camped out at the state capitol for more than a week were under orders to clean up and get out today, meaning remove their sleeping bags, their signs, and themselves. Tonight, hundreds have done so. Wisconsin is one of many states public employees find themselves under fire, and there’s one profession getting hit surprisingly hard as NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.After a clip of Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith complaining about the city’s action, Tibbles moved to the soundbite of Mayor Taveras that had him misidentified as a Republican:
TIBBLES: The city says it will rehire the teachers it needs and let the rest go. Staring at a crippling deficit, the mayor says it’s time for drastic action.Below is a complete transcript of the report from the Sunday, February 27, NBC Nightly News:
MAYOR ANGEL TAVERAS (R-PROVIDENCE): We’re facing an unprecedented, unprecedented fiscal crisis in our city.
LESTER HOLT: In Madison, Wisconsin, protesters who’ve camped out at the state capitol for more than a week were under orders to clean up and get out today, meaning remove their sleeping bags, their signs, and themselves. Tonight, hundreds have done so. Wisconsin is one of many states public employees find themselves under fire, and there’s one profession getting hit surprisingly hard as NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.--Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center
KEVIN TIBBLES: School board members in Providence, Rhode Island, voted Thursday not to lay off teachers but to fire them all.
STEVE SMITH, PROVIDENCE TEACHERS UNION: They fired 1,926 teachers with no plan.
TIBBLES: The city says it will rehire the teachers it needs and let the rest go. Staring at a crippling deficit, the mayor says it’s time for drastic action.
MAYOR ANGEL TAVERAS (D-PROVIDENCE): We’re facing an unprecedented, unprecedented fiscal crisis in our city.
TIBBLES: Budget deficits and seemingly ironclad benefits packages now have teachers nationwide, including here in New York, under scrutiny.
MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG (I-NYC): When I say we have a budget deficit-
TIBBLES: Mayor Mike Bloomberg says he’s a supporter of unions, but his new city budget suggests close to 4,700 teachers could lose their jobs. The teachers responded with this ad:
CLIP OF AD: Mayor Bloomberg sees things differently than the rest of us. Our schools are short of money, yet he refuses to ask millionaires to pay their fair share.
TIBBLES: And in New Jersey, the governor has made teachers a central theme.
GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-NJ) CLIP #1: Really, it's two places left in America where there's a profession where there is no reward for excellence and no consequence for failure. Of course, we all know the first one is weathermen.
CHRISTIE CLIP #2: Unfortunately, the second one is teaching.
CHESTER FINN, THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE: The current situation is undesirable, both fiscally and educationally. It’s not good for kids. It’s not good for taxpayers.
TIBBLES: But there is concern as cities ask schools to do more with less, the children will suffer.
AARON PALLAS, COLUMBIA TEACHERS COLLEGE: Schools are seen as the last bastion of a kind of social order. And so, to have them subject to this kind of upheaval can't be good for kids.
TIBBLES: Doing the math in a fiscal crisis may leave schools feeling the pinch. Kevin Tibbles, NBC News, New York.
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