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Video: Richmond Union Rally A Major Flop!

I almost felt bad for these poor saps that turned out for the Pro Union Rally in Richmond, Va today.  There were around 250 people who showed up for this lame attempt at starting class warfare by the Liberal money bags like George Soros and his MoveOn.Org group – as well as the 45 other groups that helped organize this event. Perhaps if these groups had simply closed their offices and traveled down to Richmond the attendance would have been better.

The first thing that struck me right off the bat was the absence of African-Americans. Oh, there were a few, but it appears that the African-American community is better represented by the TEA Party movement than the Unions, judging by the turnout at each event. I am sure the liberal media will manage to overlook this omission.

But I did learn one important bit of information today. The Richmond TEA Party rally will be on April 18 this year. Oh, not from the union speakers, of course. But from one of the TEA Party folks who made up roughly 10% of the crowd. There were several representatives from the Richmond TEA Party, the Williamsburg area TEA Party, as well as others from Northern Virginia TEA Parties and Tidewater. I didn’t see anyone from Roanoke or Charlottesville TEA Parties, but I am sure they were there. They were easy to spot as they all had cameras and video equipment, like myself.

Plus, we apparently were the only attendees able to think for themselves, which is a dead giveaway.

The video shows how uninspiring and outright dull this event was. Most of the people seemed to be clinging to their “Blame Bush” mantra, and hated the evil corporations.

Unions, Liberals and Disgust go hand in hand

Unions, Liberals and Disgust go hand in hand

Interestingly, the most important fact I learned from the Union folks came from the head of the Virginia Teacher’s Union. It seems that Virginia is the 7th richest state in the country, yet we are 38th in educating our kids. While I saw this as a shocking admission of how useless the Teacher’s Union actually is, the Union seems to think that our standing at 38th is due to the fact that Virginia is a “right to work” state. Apparently, the teachers would actually do their job and teach the kids if we paid them more.

Of course, another way to look at it is that we are spending a massive amount per child and the return on our investment in teachers is quite poor.

And somehow, the unions claim that all the problems in Wisconsin are due to the fact that Governor Scott Walker gave big tax breaks to his rich friends and broke the state budget and is now forced to balance the budget on the backs of the workers. I had to look that up, as I thought Walker just took office about 6 weeks ago. Yep. I was right. But somehow, Walker is responsible for billions in tax shortfall.

The sad thing is, most of these union deadheads believe him. (And I am not referring to Jerry Garcia fans here.)

More Disgusting Behavior (Click to enlarge - warning!)

More Disgusting Behavior (Click to enlarge - warning!)

And, sadly, the rhetoric of violence was widespread with calls to “fight” and “Eat the Rich”. Although, for the record, Soylent Green my well be green, and it may also be people, but I cannot condone eating the rich for any reason. Mark my words. Some whacked out liberal union goon will soon be gnawing on the bones of some rich person, somewhere.

But only at a Union rally can you hope to hear someone praise George Soros and scream “eat the rich” in one lovely setting.

Enjoy the video!


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

7 Responses to “Video: Richmond Union Rally A Major Flop!”

  1. allison says:

    You mentioned that Virignia is 38th in the country for education. Are you sure that doesn’t mean 38th in spending on education? Not 38th in performance in education. I am curious as to the specific source of that fact.

    • Tom White says:

      Allison,

      Unfortunately, the speaker, who is the head of the teacher’s union in Va did not specify. The context was that Virginia was the 7th richest state and ranks 38th in whatever poll she was quoting due to the lack of collective bargaining.

      I would guess that she is using the numbers from “States ranked by per pupil revenues received from state sources: 2007–08″ found here http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/District%20Budget%20Outlook%20documents/K-12%20Spending%20vs%20%20USA.pdf where Va does indeed rank 38th in State Revenue from STATE SOURCES. If you look a bit further down the linked page, there is a ranking for funding from LOCAL SOURCES, where Va is ranked 14th.

      And in the overall per pupil spending ranking, Va is 17th.

      And if you compare the states that spend the most from the state budgets on education, you will find that they are among the lowest in local funding.

      So, what this lady has done is exposed the fact that Virginia funds k-12 education using state AND local funding. Where other states tax the localities and the state decides where to spend the money.

      In other words, she used a meaningless statistic to make Virginia sound evil.

      Her real intent is to push the state to tax localities and do most of the school funding at the state level. That way, when combined with collective bargaining, the unions can have greater success in confiscating wealth from more affluent localities to be used where they demand.

      People move into areas to be near good schools. Unions assume that dollars spent = quality of education. If that were true, the Washington D.C. schools would be among the best in the country as the same referenced link shows DC spending over $16K per student while Va. spends a bit over $10K.

      There is no clearer example of the law of diminishing returns than DC.

      Instead of looking at the amount of money states spend on education, as the unions want to do, we need to look at value for the money we spend. Not dollars per student, but COST per student.

      Teacher unions are harming our kids, costing the tax payers far too much for the poor quality of the education received.

      Unions are opposed to any measures to make education better other than throwing more good money after bad. School Choice would force poor schools to get better or lose funding. Same with vouchers. Merit pay for teachers would incentivise teachers to teach, unions want the lowest common denominator.

      By definition, Teacher’s Unions are about money, not education. They are part of the problem, like it or not. Unions foster an “us” against “them” mentality, alienate teachers from their bosses (the Parents!) and protect bad teachers that should be fired.

      ALL public sector unions sap the good from the workers and pit government workers against tax payers.

      Ronald Reagan had the right idea. Fire ‘em all.

      Hopefully, Governor Walker will take this opportunity to issue pink slips to the poor teachers in Wisconsin today and rid their education system of them for good.

      THEY KNOW WHO THE BAD TEACHERS ARE!!

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