Taking a teacher to the woodshed

From the Neal Boortz Show:


I love it! And not just any government school teacher .. a unionized government school teacher in New Jersey. Who did she get schooled by? The Governor, Chris Christie. Here's what happened. Governor Christie spoke to a small crowd in a church gymnasium the other day. (No .. .so far as we know the ACLU didn't raise a stink about a representative of government speaking in a building owned by a church.) The subject was budget cuts, property tax caps and other painful necessities that need to be done in order to get New Jersey's fiscal matters back in order.

Then it came time for questions. Unionized government employees don't like budget caps. Unionized government employees don't like caps on property taxes. Sooooo ... up to the mic steps union government school teacher Rita O'Neill-Wilson ... you know how I feel about women with hyphenated names ... make up your mind lady, either you're married or not! Anywaaaay .... Rita stands up and does not ask a question, she proceeds to complain about how much she is making (thanks to the taxpayers) and how she is entitled to more money. She tells the governor that if she were paid $3 an hour for the 30 children in her class, she would be earning $83,000 a year. She says she doesn't earn anywhere near that much (we will get to that claim in a second). Governor Christie interrupts her to remind her that she is earning a lot more if you include the cost of her benefits, which are generous considering her membership in a teachers union. Then Rita O'NeillhyphenWilson says that she has a master's degree and that she isn't being compensated for her education or her experience. Governor Christie's response? "Well, you know then that you don't have to do it." I love it! Christie for President! Remind this unionized government hack that NOBODY is forcing her to be a teacher and that she is perfectly free to sever the government ties and head out there to find another job that will pay her more. As if that response wasn't good enough, Christie slams one final nail in the coffin by reminding Rita O'Neill-Wilson that he would not be in this position of having to impose cuts in education if Rita's precious teachers union had agreed to a one-year salary freeze and a 1.5% increase in employee benefit contributions. Christie addresses Rita: "Your union said that is the greatest assault on public education in the history of the state ... That's why the union has no credibility, stupid statements like that."

If Rita is black this would make Governor Christie a racist. I'm assuming she's a woman, so he most certainly is a sexist.

Now - what about Rita hyphen-hyphen's income? Rita O'Neill-Wilson claims that a $83,000 salary is nowhere near what she earns. Too bad she works for the government and her salary is public record. Turns out that Rita O'Neill-Wilson earns a salary of $86,389 a year. On top of that, health benefits for family coverage in New Jersey can cost up to $22,000 a year. Add that to the cost of employing this woman, and Rita O'Neill-Wilson is costing the taxpayers well over $100,000 a year. On top of that, New Jersey ranks fourth in the entire nation in teacher pay. The average New Jersey teacher earns $63,154 a year, which is $13,000 higher than the per capita income in the state of New Jersey, which is $50,313. The median pay for New Jersey teachers with a master's degree is $66,212, which means that Rita O'Neill-Wilson is earning well above the average based on her education. Apparently that isn't good enough for the New Jersey teachers unions. Maybe they are just jealous of other unionized government workers. Police officers in New Jersey are the highest paid in the country, which an average base salary of $75,400 a year. The average firefighter earns $69,620 a year.

I know that there are many wunnerful government teachers out there. Rita isn't on that list.


MikeH. said...

"Rita isn't on that list."

Considering her obvious inability to calculate her own salary with benefits package or, realize said package is accessible public record that is highly likely to be "fact checked" after making such a claim, Rita shouldn't even be a listed candidate for a teaching position in Afghanistan.


Chief Instructor said...

Judging from her inability to add, I'm guessing she's a math teacher...

GunRights4US said...

I once ran a cash room where concessions receipts at an NFL stadium were counted. That process employed upwards of 15 cashiers and about as many cops. One of the WORST cashiers in my eight year experience there turned out to be a public school math teacher!

Anonymous said...

F*^#@ing G*#@am*+d Communist B^*c&.

Radwan said...

You know, I was just having a conversation with my wife after watching the video of this exchange. I think that if a state REALLY wanted to improve the quality of its public education system, it wouldn't impose anything so ridiculous as a "no child left behind" or FCAT. No, the way to guarantee an improvement in the quality of our childrens' education would be to BETTER EDUCATE AND CERTIFY WOULD-BE TEACHERS. Imagine a world were teachers were put through rigorous academic testing and certification. Something akin to the Bar perhaps, or the CPA exam?
There are problems with this, naturally, but low quality education is not one of them, and it beats falling on the double edge sword of paying more money to teachers' unions for mediocre teachers and there bad attitudes. GO GATA!
(Corrine Brown has a MASTERS in education? WTF!?!?)

Diogenes said...

Christie is rockin the boat and I love it. Even so, You couldn't pay me to live in that state.(even at Rita's salary and benefits)

Judgement day is coming and just like the crap flowing in Greece, its the unions and 'entitled' that will lead the riots. The divide in this nation is deeper and wider than the Mariana Trench. That divide is only going to get bigger and when it splits, blood will flow on our nation again.

Radwan said...

I meant "*their* bad attitudes" Apparently, I could use some higher quality education myself.