And then along came Maggie Thatcher:
Those Post Office workers had totally misunderstood that package-in-the-hole moment that I had had with one of them, and millions upon millions of other moments like it, stretching back through the decades. They, the Postal Workers, imagined that at the end of such moments, The Public walked away full of love and gratitude for the Postal Workers. But actually, we walked away full of pent-up rage. We had had to force ourselves to fake love and gratitude, and hated the Postal Workers all the more because of this. They had believed our performances. They really thought that we really were full of love and gratitude for them. Big mistake. Huge mistake.He points out that the Wisconsin Teacher's Union is finding themselves short of public support, when faced with a Governor and Legislature that the public just elected to solve the budget problem. The union seems astonished to find that they have to bus in supporters from out of state, and that the public seems entirely lacking in sympathy.
Come the day when the tables were turned by a politician who was aggregating all our rage into a force majeure moment which left them trying to persuade her to do what they wanted, they were helpless.
Now I don't know much about the public schools in Wisconsin, but I do know about the ones in Sudbury, Massachusetts. My kids went to those schools. The teachers there are generally pretty good. But if the Administrators of Sudbury High School spontaneously burst into flame, I wouldn't pee on them to put it out.
I'm not going to go into detail, because it really isn't anyone's business. However, I will say that I was abused by the Administrators, in front of my family, so badly that I would only ever go back into the school for #1 Son's graduation. And I am absolutely convinced that the Administrators (a) thought it was For My Own Good, and (b) thought that I should be grateful.
I don't know how many more people there are like me, who smile when the fox gnaws so that your kid will get the stupid paper and get out. I can say that there is precisely zero good will that these teacher's unions can count on, when they find their back against the wall. And note that this isn't a policy issue - whether an extra point of marginal tax rate is good or bad for the State.
This is personal.