Teachers to Boehner: We Are NOT ‘Special Interests’ Begging for ‘Bailouts’ (Video)

August 6, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Ever since the Democrats in the senate overcame a Republican filibuster to pass a state aid bill to prevent layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers, House Republicans have been throwing a collective hissy fit, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced she would recall House members from their August recess to vote on the bill. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) led the charge, attacking our childrens’ school teachers, as undeserving “liberal special interests.” The tan Congressman also disingenously derided state aid for public employees, as “special interest bailouts and job-killing tax hikes,” despite the fact that the federal assistance was fully paid for. The Democratic National Committee responded to Boehner’s attack on our teachers with a new Web ad, entitled “Message to John Boehner: Teachers Aren’t “Special Interests”‘

Apparently, Boehner is only interested in preserving tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. At a time of a deep economic recession and a near double-digit unemployment rate, Boehner and the Republican party have displayed heartlessness towards the unemployed, as illustrated by his rant against school teachers as special interests:

BOEHNER: “The American people don’t want more Washington ‘stimulus’ spending – especially in the form of a pay-off to union bosses and liberal special interests. This stunning display of tone-deafness comes at the expense of American workers, who will be hit by another job-killing tax hike because Washington Democrats can’t kick their addiction to more government ‘stimulus’ spending. Democrats should be listening to their constituents – who are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ – instead of scampering back to Washington to push through more special interest bailouts and job-killing tax hikes,” said Boehner after the $26 billion state aid bill secured passed in the senate.

And today on Fox News, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) echoed Boehner’s “bailout” nonsense.

PENCE: “[W]e’re going to continue this process next week of more borrowing, more spending, more bailouts, and continue to sustain this policy of takeovers that’s been characterized in this Congress. And we’ve just got to try something different. It’s time for fiscal discipline in Washington, DC, and it’s time to preserve the tax relief of the recent past and even talk about passing tax relief that will create jobs. But this more spending, more bailouts is not the answer.”

The DNC ad depicts three school teachers voicing their shock at being labeled a special interest group, looking for a government handout. “When I heard John Boehner refer to teachers as special interests, I was appalled,” said a fight-grade teacher in the spot.

All three teachers pointed out that the only special interests they have are the children they teach.

Boehner was further challenged to leave the lofty confines of his Capitol Hill offices where he meets with corporate lobbyists, to visit an actual classroom.

“Until you understand that, you need to come down off the Hill and visit my classroom and see just what it is that I do on a daily basis before you lump me in with the fat cats on Wall Street and the banks.”

Watch it:

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison/John Boehner at the AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009.


3 Responses to “Teachers to Boehner: We Are NOT ‘Special Interests’ Begging for ‘Bailouts’ (Video)”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 6th, 2010 6:13 pm

    Remember, John Boehner and his fat-cat banker friends can afford to hire private tutors for *their* kids. Why would they care if *your* kids can’t get a decent grade-school education? After all, uneducated teenagers are needed to wash Boehner’s Mercedes, maintain the grounds of his estate, caddy for him on the golf course, and flip burgers for *his* kids at McD’s. The supply of illegal aliens won’t last forever!

  2. majii on August 7th, 2010 9:54 pm

    I was extremely upset when I learned what Boehner had said about teachers. I taught high school social studies for 33 years until I retired last year. During the course of my career I had been offered more lucrative jobs, but I turned down each of them. I chose the children because I see them as our future.

    It is very important to me that all of our children have access to a good public education. The teachers in the video know as I do that Boehner wouldn’t last one week in any classroom. The job is much more difficult than the average person can imagine. You’re dealing with mounds of paperwork from the state or BOE, mandated meetings, called meetings, professional development, department meetings, planning for lessons, grading papers, calling parents, attending conferences, open houses, lunch duty, morning duty, after school duty, detention, tutoring, sponsoring clubs, sponsoring athletic events, etc. , and every time you think you’ve been assigned all of your duties, up pops another one.

    I loved teaching, loved the kids, and I enjoyed every minute of it. One doesn’t choose teaching as a profession expecting to become rich, but to serve his/her fellow man. Teaching is one of the noblest professions imho, because to most teachers, the only thing that matters is helping to make children’s’ lives better so that they can, hopefully, have a better future. Many of my students have gone on to become officers in the military, teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, research scientists, athletes in the NFL, etc.

    I’d like for Boehner to explain to me just how he, with my record being replicated by other teachers across the nation, disparage us. Without teachers his kids couldn’t be educated in private school, and my guess is that a majority of the teachers at private schools are products of public school.

    Who else is left that some of these faux conservatives can show disdain toward next? It seems their list is never ending.

  3. majii on August 7th, 2010 9:56 pm

    *** how he can disparage us***

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