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I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009
In another self-serving video produced on your dime this week, Gov. Christie tells a story meant to warm your little teacher-hatin' heart, so full of little old ladies and their old-lady cursive, flag-salutes, and gosh-darn-itprideit is! Seriously, this should be a nice story. And I'm sure the teacher, retired and living in the South, and her former pupil think of it that way. But it's hard to hear Christie's tale about how his kindergarten teacher remembered him after all these years, hard to hear how it's just her kind of love and dedication that makes a teacher great. Yes - it is. But does Christie even get the irony?
Because, the way he talks about his own teacher is not how this Governor treats teachers, talks about teachers or appears to believe about teachers. In fact, Christie is for purely numerical evaluations of teacher value, basing it all on student performance on standardized tests (a position even his hometown paperThe Daily Record thinks is debatable and torpedoed by Christie's insistence on vitriol and name-calling teacher union leaders).
Its a lovely story he tells. She truly must have been a wonderful teacher. But the irony that her gifts as a teacher would probably be lost in his brand of accountability push. Her commitment. Her kindness. Because ... How would he test for that?
Sorry, Mrs. Welch
But NJ politicians before Chris Christie made you all kinds of promises that they can no longer keep.
It's just not fair that you continue to get gold-plated health benefits and a Cadillac pension.
And millionaires are already making big sacrifices.
Don't worry - they're always looking for help at Wal-Mart.