Politics of teachers union strike in Chicago
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:00
- Date Sep 10, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Star choice as a wrong choice for children and is not necessary.
Well got to continue to keep out -- about a -- -- that you -- -- a bad at Bryant.
-- -- T do what they've right let me that the -- President has I think.
You just heard from he has not expressed.
Any opinion or made any assessment about this particular incident.
Teachers and support staff in Chicago on strike the nation's third largest school district closing its doors some 400000 kids not in school now.
The standoff continues here's what Paul Ryan said just a little while ago we know that rom is not going to support our campaign but on this issue.
And on this day we stand with mayor Rahm Emanuel we stand with the children we stand with the families -- parents of Chicago because education reform that's a bipartisan issue.
Where does President Obama stand does he stand with his former chief of staff mayor Rahm Emanuel.
With the children the parents or does he stand.
With the union.
We are back -- the panel gave me more about this.
Well I thought it was it was obvious that Jay Carney was wearing that to take -- look on his face today.
I think I Rush Limbaugh is wrong this is not a democratic set up so that the media can swoon.
And the president can Russian and rescue the and far more politically toxic for President Obama.
With persuade all voters and Bob Woodward's book I think he absolutely agrees is Rahm Emanuel and as between a rock and a hard place and wants us to go away.
And knows that coming out in favor of the teacher's union would be a big mistake Steve.
-- I think it's an opening for President Obama I think if you wanted to have a big moment where he truly wanted to appeal to -- swing voters and everybody's so obsessed with -- swing states.
Come out and say look I'm for I'm for good schools -- for good schools no matter how we get him I think what my chief of staff is is doing in Chicago was the right thing to do.
Take on these labor unions.
You know odds against -- they cannot organize for President Obama doesn't count as a mom that's in in his home state in his hometown.
I think not taken -- position for president -- makes him look incredibly weak and this is a guy -- -- this is.
His hometown his home state and his chief of staff -- of an interest where you know we're his kids would have gone to school if you remain and it's not gonna take a position.
On Wisconsin he eventually took the position he took a position he didn't weigh in -- he took a position right he said he was with the unions -- And that's why he's dancing around right now because they don't want to come out against.
It teachers union which is one of the most important and powerful.
In -- Democratic Party you can go against them it's ironic now of course there -- terrorist strike against democratic mayors I mean look at where the balance of equities is here the teachers averaged nearly 6000 dollars a year in this hour.
That's the highest of any big city in the country.
Person who pays of their salary the person pays taxes in Chicago average salary 47000.
Dollars some teachers making 50% more.
Then those who support him.
Them on average they've been offered a 16%.
Hike in wages at a time of high unemployment and desperation and they turned it down.
Why because they don't want any tampering with the health benefits.
And they don't want any system of the teacher evaluations he can get some idea who's had a good teacher.
You can actually we allowed -- before they destroy the life for the children in their class this is so unreasonable that the audacity with which they make their case.
And pretend it's for the children is simply astonishing and then Democrats.
Have like the president have a hard time standing confidence.
And you know and and grab the position of studied neutrality.
Shows you how much hostage to these unions -- -- The politics of this -- Rahm Emanuel did speak at the Democratic Convention he he apparently left early.
But he is raising money for the president and the super pac supporting the president I believe he actually.
He at the end of the convention decided to leave the campaign in his formal role.
To become a super pac was super who box.
And now because of the strike actually stepped aside from his super pac.
Fundraising role because he's too busy and Chicago look.
It's obvious that this is.
If the president wants -- scene in step with.
That public opinion and fiscal reality this is going to be happening this is happening all over the country and will continue to happen even more as federal spending cuts come on line.
And state budgets and local budgets are squeezed even further.
I think you know -- it is very -- not too.
Tuition away but the reality is he he -- in this stranglehold that Charles picks up valuable doesn't know what to say down the line houses send.
I think there's -- teacher's end up having to get.
And it I would probably that sent to -- no I don't I think the city he'll give them in -- sweet deal teachers.
OK that's it for the battle this agent this.