Doug Ross reports on what the teachers' unions have done to the California school system:
Nearly 10,000 California state retirees pull down more than $100,000 a year, thanks to public sector unions and the Democrat politicians who support them. For just this tiny group of retirees, the expense represents almost $1.5 billion a year for California's taxpayers.
Of this total, 3,090 retired educators in California receive more than $100,000 a year.
Nice work if you can get it. But not so nice for the health of California's schools:
The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) is but one example of the dysfunction. The district is nearing complete insolvency thanks to the teachers' unions. 85% of CUSD’s budget already goes to salaries, pensions and benefits; but that's apparently not enough for the unions.
Much more here from the thorough Mr. Ross.
In a related story, Gov. Arnold Schwarzennegger is in denial about the tea party movement:
The Tea Party is not going to go anywhere. I think the Tea Party is all about just an expression of anger and dissatisfaction and I see it in California when people come up to me and says, you know I'm angry that you guys don't get along in Sacramento.
Way to dismiss the grave concerns of Californians, many of whom must be way beyond angry at their state government.
He goes on to explain that the whole world is angry because the global economy is down. Apparently the governor bears no responsibility for what's happening in his state.Cross-posted at Potluck. Follow up from Carol here.
Linked at Michelle Malkin (buzzworthy)
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