Posts Tagged ‘union dues’

Are People Overpaid??

September 7, 2012

Here is a continuation of previous posts about OVERPAID people.  This time let’s go to a National Organization.  How many people think that Teachers, in general, are overpaid??  Show of hands…..

I do not have concrete statistics on the answer to that question, and I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT TEACHERS ARE OVERPAID!  In fact, I believe that most good teachers are UNDERPAID!!  I understand that there are some terrible, horrible “teachers” in the USA and they deserve to be fired, tarred and feathered.  Some belong in JAIL.  BUT, for a large majority of teachers, they are trying to do a good job and care about results.  I even imagine that most would change the way they teach if they were shown a better way.  THIS POST IS NOT DISPARAGING TEACHERS!!  BUT……I do want to talk about the National Education Association, the NEA.

The NEA – this is THE teachers UNION.  I have provided a link to a list of their “employees” and their salaries.  Here are some bullet points:

  • They list 1017 “employees.  If we eliminate “former employees” (10, that are still paid something?, but probably do nothing), “unpaid interns” (39 of 97 “interns” are unpaid and only 10 make more than $10,000), “Board of Directors” (249, the highest salary is $21,733, but ALL but 7 of whom are paid less than $10,000, and 150 are UNPAID) and there are 36 people who are unpaid, we are left with 684 “employees”.  If we eliminate the 68 people who earn less than $10,000, there are 8 less than $1,000, 2 less than $2,000, 8 less than $3,000, 19 less than $4,000, 12 less than $5,000, 7 less than $6,000, 7 less than $7,000, 1 less than $8,000, 2 less than $9,000 and 2 less than $10,000.  We are left with 619 people who work for the NEA.  These are people paid through Union Dues from our teachers.  I could eliminate a few more, say up to a beginning teachers salary, but you should see the point shortly.  619 of 1017 is 61% of the entire employees of the NEA “earn more than $10,000.
  • 423 of the employees of the NEA “earn” MORE THAN $100,000!! 423 of 619 is 68% of the employees are paid MORE THAN $100,000!!!
  • 121 of the employees of the NEA “earn” more than $150,000!!
  • 25 of the employees of the NEA “earn” more than $200,000!!
  • 3 of the employees of the NEA “earn” more than $300,000!!
  • 1 employee of the NEA “earns” more than $400,000!!

At $410,133/year salary John Wilson “earns almost as much as President Obama ($450,000/year).  Seriously??  Do you think he is overpaid??

Foreign Contributions???

October 11, 2010

Here is an article from Foxnews and here is a similar article from the Wall Street Journal, that detail the One’s accusations about Foreign Donors influencing american politics.  This is what is making Americans SICK of the political parties in Washington DC.  Seriously, did The Anointed One just accuse the opposing party of using Foreign Money for the political process in the United States of America?  I just want to make sure I am hearing Him correctly.

The following is a quote from the Foxnews article referenced above:

The Chamber of Commerce accusation apparently stemmed from a report last week by the Center for American Progress-affiliated Think Progress. The report claimed the Chamber was generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign money every year and questioned whether those funds were going toward its multimillion-dollar political operations.  But the Chamber adamantly denies this, saying foreign money is separated from its U.S. political activity. The Chamber said in a statement Sunday that the DNC ad is “ridiculous and false.” Rove also said the White House cannot back up its accusation. Asked about the charge, Axelrod put the onus on groups like the Chamber of Commerce to prove foreign money is not influencing the election. “No one knows where the money’s coming from,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Why not simply disclose where this money is from and then all these questions will be answered?”  (my emphasis)

I am simply amazed that the President (through Axelrod) can honestly accuse anyone else of raising foreign donations, when it has been documented that this is what HE did during HIS presidential campaign.  If anyone is wondering here is an article from the Washington Post in 2008, detailing some of HIS fundraising.  To use Axelrods words, “I put the onus on The President to PROVE that foreign money did NOT influence his campaign, why not simply disclose where his donations came from!”

Then I read the article from the Wall Street Journal, the following is a quote:

That didn’t stop President Obama from raising the issue in a Maryland speech last week, saying that “groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections.” Within hours of the ThinkProgress report, the bully boys at MoveOn.org asked the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation of the Chamber. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, Minnesota Senator Al Franken expressed his profound concern that “foreign corporations are indirectly spending significant sums to influence American elections through third-party groups.”

Which got me thinking.  I think this is a great conversation.  I think that we need to be sure that NO foreign funds are being used by ANYONE in the political arena.  I think that we need more transparency concerning political donations and their origins.  I hope that we can all agree, that foreign donations to our political process may NOT have America’s best interests in mind. 

To that end I would ask that MoveOn.org use their influence and join me, and ask the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation of the AFL-CIO union, its political fundraising (most come from dues paying members), and its influence in past elections.  As we all KNOW, there are some members of the AFL-CIO that are not in the USA legally.  By definition, this means that THEY are foreign.  Since the are paying UNION DUES, and these dues are commingled with all dues, it is from these dues that the AFL-CIO is making political donations to current and past races.  We can now see that the AFL-CIO IS using FOREIGN money to INFLUENCE american politics.  I feel that the AFL-CIO, and all other unions, need to document their members status and disclose the information, and what political causes are supported by their foreign money.

For another breakdown of the foreign money that goes to unions/dimmocrats, check out the post on Red State.