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ALEC and TIAA-CREF Join the Assault on Public Pensions

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ALEC has jumped into the conservative effort to dismantle public pension systems in a big way, making it one of its top 2014 legislative priorities.
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The plan is to deregulate as much as possible so that workers can be paid as little as possible and profits enhanced. Then out of that workers will fund their own retirement and advanced education for children as these folks don't believe in Pell grants in a big way.

 

 Each person maybe even footing the full bill for k-12 if they manage to make private corporate schools the standard students attend with tax dollars refunded through vouchers to go from tax payers into the pockets of corporate managed for-profit schools.

 

Will salaries be raise to cover the lost input of pension funds for retirement or are workers to save funds from what is often barely enough pay? This pension money wasn't a gift from employers. Workers accepted pensions and job security as pay later deals. Is a 401 and other deals like that just a switched promise that will not work as promised?

 

 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, October 25, 2013 6:35 PM
Thanks for the input. I do know what you mean. I did consider the silver spoon rant comment might be over the edge. I guess my having to wonder if it was over the top was my answer I should have put a sock in it and not written that. My ranting must have come from the frustration with the strong local influence of these groups over this state's policy lately. Mississippi leaders overtly praise these groups. One education leader that just retired gave half of his keynote speaking time to a Bill Moyers’ program on the topic of ALEC. He gave personal witness to ALEC’s impact. He was shocked to discover the influence at meetings he had attended and even help organize with those he and we elected we thought could be trusted to look after our interest.<br><br> I do speak for me, because I also happen to agree with the principles here. When I post here a normally try to look for the middle ground as long as that appears to also be the true ground and realize the goal of the coffee party as best I can. Input does help when one is weighing over the many suggestion and feeds. I feel the Coffee Party is not set in concrete and willing to consider good solutions and ideas from either and all sources. Let me know if I’m wrong on that. Thank you for you input as to remind me to think about how this made someone else feel. You are certainly right....I'm normally not so rude and do realize that is a poor way to bring good answers and ideas to the table. Thank you for the cold splash in the face I needed that it appears! <br><br>I will continue to look for things that matter and also watch ALEC and others like them no matter which side they show up on (as that is why I was originally invited to scoop here to do for CP ALEC intervention, but these feeds are broader that but seem to often tie in on another level). Let me know if that has changed too. Things sometimes change and not all get th word. These groups do court both parties and go by many names. I've scooped that there are at least 59 such groups before. I do not hold that the democrats and the unions are to “blame” for “all” the pension mess. I do feel they hold some blame, but the pension situation is far more complicated than that. I really don't think all the factors that brought the mess on were by design, but by lack of insight and not being able to realize the impact of collective choices by all players involved. Industry outsourcing abroad and holding profits offshore, workers accepting and trusting that the service jobs that would replace these jobs were better jobs (as promised) as they traded off skilled jobs creating and making things in manufacturing without a loud outcry (most the service sector on the chart fall under hotel, restaurant and retail….not good jobs as it turns out), private and public leaders had no idea how technology would tip all scales so fast and alter the balance of relationships. The labor intense jobs that provided centuries of labor to mankind no longer need that much human labor at the same time our human numbers are still swelling. A change we are still in the midst of and is still difficult to see our way through. This is a major shift in society that mankind has not known through history. How we come through it will determine whether we live in peace and harmony or as a tragedy. I think we can do it but first everyone must realize old answers won’t work this out. Old human relationship values and ethics will work, but not old answers.<br><br>I admire a lot Oregon is doing and I love the Citizen Initiative Review Process idea. There is much wisdom in that and it is a wonderful new answer that is promoting democracy, citizen awareness and participation. I also admire Germany and some other countries where labor and industry did not allow such massive trade off and outsourcing of skills and knowledge and instead held them, nourished them, and updated them with modern skills and modern jobs. Knowing a once well paid job went to some very poor person in China, Haiti or India to be on done on the cheap to maximize profit for a few and the workers there and here are treated as toss away towels does not make me feel proud. <br>
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, October 26, 2013 9:09 AM
For those folks reading this comment section....Based on the feedback I removed the rude part of the insight.....The article is certainly the same, the insight part removed was just opinion in this case, (party recon is correct it was a rude way to frame things), sometimes the insight is just summary or brings a point directly from the article to attention or links to other supportive links or opposing links. Please do continue to send suggestions to all of us at this link. We are not usually so feisty and rude. While I do not have time to read over all suggestion for sure, others may get time and scoop your suggestions which do come from the middle, left and right. I try to scoop from only what I actually read and take at least a moment to more to comment about. I look for middle ground first which are sometimes fewer. Then review others as well. That may not be everyone's approach. If your idea is not scooped it does not mean it is unworthy or unappreciated. There are many related articles so usually one or some are selected for scooping from a curator here but that doesn't mean the others were not worthy. Truth and insight can come from right, left, front, back and the center, so please suggest great links that matter. I'm sure we wish we had time to read over all the good ones or that people would read more of them if we were to scoop all that impressed us. Thought I should let readers know what happened to the insight discussed here in case some are following the comments. I believe the phrase is stated in the comments...but I have removed my statement from the insight because I feel the point of it's rudeness was well taken.
Party Recon's comment, October 27, 2013 12:37 PM
Well done and well said. The message is out and civility is in tact. That's the way we do it!
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FBI Lab Overstated Hair Analysis Evidence For Decades: Report - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem! - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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The Latest Big-City School Testing Scandal Exposes Everything That's Wrong with the Standardized Approach

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It's not surprising that educators would cheat in order to meet goals that are impossible to achieve.
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Fairport opt-out rate at 56 percent

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More than half of Fairport students in grades 3-8 will refuse the state math and English language arts exams the next two weeks, Interim Superintendent Bill Cala said Friday.
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Opinion: PARCC Is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Answer for NJ Schools - NJ Spotlight

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Complex online tests can’t address chronic school underfunding, segregation, and poverty
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Finally, some movement on NCLB with Nebraska in the discussion : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

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On the heels of Nebraska’s application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, U.S. senators this week took what could be a first real step toward revising the
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Colorado testing opt-out bill wins final Senate approval

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Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem!

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Smart Options & Common Core. A replay of my discussion with Victoria Young, author of Education's Missing Ingredient: What Parents Can Tell Educators (2009) and, The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present (2012). Victoria has exposed the truths about this country's education debacle as well as any person I have come across. Her honesty is absolute and her research transparent and revealing. Her activism is tireless. We cover the FACTS about Testing and also Common Core and the condition o
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Christie Argues About Pensions with Teacher's Husband at Town Hall Meeting - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Test Refusal Justified - The Crucial Voice of the People

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"Next generation" tests aren't your old garden-variety standardized tests. Denied information, the public can't understand how test refusals are justified.
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Torture victims to get $5.5 million from Chicago police

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The city of Chicago says it will pay $5.5 million to compensate victims who were tortured by law enforcement under the administration of a former top cop.
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Obama Drops Cuba from Terror List, Readies for Showdown with Congress - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Ignoring the Terror from Within - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Some parents choose to opt out of state's Common Core testing

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Main Line district sits for PSSAs with 20x increase in opt-outs — NewsWorks

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Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York

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Black and Hispanic teaching candidates have been passing an exam at lower rates than white applicants, prompting concerns of decreased diversity among teachers.
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School counselors speak out about standardized testing

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Parent leaders ask state to put M-STEP assessments on hold for this year

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Why the Senate’s proposed No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t go far enough

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Here's what the proposed bill does -- and doesn't do.
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Gov. Rick Scott Sues Over Health Care Money, Medicaid expansion - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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US Fails to Stem Flow of Illegal Firearms to Mexico - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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NSA Review Committee Finds 'No Significant Value' in Mass Phone Surveillance

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