The Bee writes today as if the budget crisis of Sacramento City Unified, and 17 other local school districts is a problem of teachers being unwilling to take pay cuts. (They already receive are paid less than teachers in the surrounding districts.)
This economic crisis was created by finance capital and banking, mostly on Wall Street particularly Chase Banks, Bank of America, Citi Group, AIG, and others – not by teachers and not by students. Finance capital produced a $ 2 trillion bailout of the financial industry, the doubling of America’s unemployment rate and the loss of 2 million manufacturing jobs in 2008. Fifteen million people are out of work.
Rather than blame the teachers, an appropriate response would be to tax the banks and the financial trades. We pay a 8% sales tax in California. There should be at least a 3% tax on sales of stocks and derivatives and financial instruments. Such a tax could fund the schools and slow down the excesses of casino capitalism.