February 17, 2012
Where Do They Find These Guys?

Sure, it’s Alabama. But still

Alabama legislators were given a 62 percent raise in 2007, and State Senator Shadrack McGill (R-AL) says the raise discourages corruption among lawmakers. The previous low salaries “played into the corruption, guys, big time,” he says. “You had your higher-ranking legislators that were connected with the lobbyists making up in the millions of dollars. They weren’t worried about that $30,000 paid salary they were getting.” By paying lawmakers more up front, he says, they are less susceptible to taking bribes: “He needs to make enough that he can say no, in regards to temptation.”

However, if teachers were given pay raises, then people who are not “called” to teach would begin joining the profession, he says. “Teachers need to make the money that they need to make. There needs to be a balance there. If you double what you’re paying education, you know what’s going to happen? I’ve heard the comment many times, ‘Well, the quality of education’s going to go up.’ That’s never proven to happen, guys. It’s a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach. To go in and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn’t want to do it, OK? And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 17, 2012 08:27 PM
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Translation: "Why bother paying men's wages when we can pay women's wages, meanwhile enforcing a difference between the two?"

Funny how the same kind of asshole is shocked to find some teachers are driven by egalitarian political principles. What else, other than misogynist crimping of human opportunity, could drive a person to work so hard for such wages?

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on February 18, 2012 6:02 PM

These damned dirty Goopers are now writing their own Get Outta Jail Free cards not only for this world, but the next.

Well Shadrack's twisted Christianist alibi is a reminder that the former sin of usury is now a Capitalist leverage infecting everything, all transactions, all professions, despite the plastic Values badge card most employees must wear.

This dolt reminds me of a interview a part-time school teacher who applied at a Catholic school. She was a good candidate for the job until that sordid topic of coin came up. She was told ever so archly by the chief penguin terrorist that, "Sister doesn't pay market!"

Scumbags all, I'd say.

Posted by: HarpoSnarx on February 19, 2012 6:59 PM
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