Thursday, October 31, 2013

Maine Teachers Union “surprised” by roosting chickens

Word has reached us that the Maine Education Association, otherwise known as the Maine Teachers Union, is having some heartburn with the “Affordable Care Act.”  The linked article begins with this:

In a recent letter to members of the Maine Education Association, MEA Benefits Trust Executive Director Christine Burke said many aspects of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, “may not make [teachers] happy.” These include “aspects” that will cause many active members and retirees to lose their current coverage.

Somehow this made us think of chickens.


Chickens, for the most part, are cuddly, trouble-free critters, as shown above.  Occasionally, however, they’re known to lay square eggs, and having this variety come home to roost can lead to a lot of unpleasant squawking. 

As you can see in this item:

MEA on Obamacare

which makes the point that union officials are

working with our Senate delegation and with the National Education Association to see if we can either change the law or get an exemption from this part of the ACA.

Well isn’t this just special.  Obviously the NEA and their subordinates in the MEA consider themselves part of an elite, connected class that deserves to be excused from laws the little people are compelled to obey.  Just like Federal employees, members of Congress and their staffs, and the major labor unions who are largely responsible for seeing that the head chicken breeder got elected, not once, but twice. 

We suspect the same folks were outraged that some in Washington were recently working hard to ‘change the law,’ but those doing so weren’t wearing the right colored uniforms when they did.  And besides, it’s ‘settled law,’ right?

So we hope you’ll excuse us if we turn our other beak towards the cackles and clucking going on.  And suggest that members of the Teachers Unions put on their big boy pants and big girl knickers and realize that not everything their union czars support and fund is destined to ‘make teachers happy.’


We hope they appreciate this ‘experiential learning’ exercise.  And come to understand just how much the rest of us enjoy being compelled to abide by central government’s edicts. 

Though we don’t see any hints of a ‘lesson learned’ in the MEABT article.  Which makes us worry that teachers may be slow learners.

That’s not a very comforting thought, is it?

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