A lobbyist for the American Enterprise Institute finally acknowledges income inequality:
I’m all about solutions, “what works” as they say in the punditry trade, so I read this entire fable to get to the solutions offered by the American Enterprise Institute. I’m a self-taught student of our fake-debate on “ed reform” so I know every failure of the business, punditry and political class is blamed on public schools- I was looking for it and this AEI shill does not disappoint:
But today that opportunity is in peril. Evidence is mounting that people at the bottom are increasingly stuck without skills or pathways to rise. Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shows that in the 1980s, 21 percent of Americans in the bottom income quintile would rise to the middle quintile or higher over a 10-year period. By 2005, that percentage had fallen by nearly a third, to 15 percent. And a 2007 Pew analysis showed that mobility is more than twice as high in Canada and most of Scandinavia than it is in the United States.
This is a major problem, and advocates of free enterprise have been too slow to recognize it. It is not enough to assume that our system blesses each of us with equal opportunities. We need to fight for the policies and culture that will reverse troubling mobility trends. We need schools that serve children’s civil rights instead of adults’ job security. We need to encourage job creation for the most marginalized and declare war on barriers to entrepreneurship at all levels, from hedge funds to hedge trimming. And we need to revive our moral appreciation for the cultural elements of success.
Those dastardly second grade teachers want to get paid, AGAIN. Is there nothing they won’t stoop to to ruin America? Apparently teachers unions were invented on or around 1982, and once that happened, we were all screwed.
No mention of what actually occurred beginning in 1980: deregulation, privatization, disinvestment in public institutions and infrastructure, a deliberate and careful campaign to destroy labor unions and collective bargaining, writing a tax code to favor wealthy people, the absolutely astronomical compensation that now goes to the people at the tippy-top, no, none of that had anything to do with it.
It was (as it always is) public schools that destroyed this country, specifically, public school teachers, who inexplicably and ridiculously apparently entered that profession in order to violate the civil rights of children.
But, take a bow, class warriors. If they’re defending on income inequality, and they are, they know it’s a political problem. That’s good news. Shifting blame for income inequality to public schools and public school teachers means they think they have to explain income inequality away somehow, and they are casting around for an excuse that doesn’t implicate conservatives, conservatism, or anyone who is at all wealthy or powerful in government or the private sector.
This is a major problem, and advocates of free enterprise have been too slow to recognize it.
Let the excuses begin!
You have to love the logic that says a problem that was partially caused by the deliberate and careful dismantling of any rights, protections or leverage for workers will be solved if we take away rights, protections and leverage from the small group of middle class workers who retain them, like teachers. That’s just brilliant. No wonder he makes the big bucks.