No corporations, please
Yes, let’s run our schools as a business (“Teachers need to make sacrifices, too,” Jan. 2)! That would mean teachers get huge salaries up to $125 million, a salary that the United Healthcare CEO gets today. A teacher making $50,000 per year would have to work for 2,500 years to earn $125 million. What a change working for a corporation!
It would mean private jets and million-dollar bonuses, extravagant business trips, paid vacations to high-end getaways and perks such as tickets to professional athletic events. These highly paid teachers could easily afford to outsource others to do this important work for them.
Then they would join the corporations in thrashing the unions of these overworked laborers who have small individual salaries. But because the numbers of this sizable work force represent a big pot of gold, the corporate world wants it.
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If these corporations really cared about our schools, they would stop outsourcing jobs, building plants in other countries, hiring slave labor and then wiggling out of paying taxes to their own country. Schools would have the financial help and priority, commensurate to the important work that teachers do.
Unfortunately, corporations care about just one thing: the pot of gold.
I do not want the federal government to bail out California. We need to declare Chapter 11 or bankruptcy so we can get a fresh start. With entitlement programs plus state, county and city retirement programs that have (or will have the capacity in the near future) to bankrupt us, we must get realistic.
The future 100 percent retirement programs for the employees of the state will only become worse. The California citizen cannot pay enough taxes to support 30 years of 100 percent retirement pensions.
Private employees do experience discriminatory pension allocations as we have to pay confiscatory taxes to pay these pensions.