First it was the automakers and the UAW, holding a gun against the head of the economy and saying “Give us $25 Billion dollars or we blow the bitch’s head-off.” (Any talk of UAW concessions was abandoned as soon as the checks were signed.)
The Detroit Public Schools have learned well from this example. The Obama “Stimulus” Package is said to contain $200 Billion in Bailouts to Fiscally Irresponsible Statesthe grasshoppers who spent lavishly in the boom times instead of saving for hard times. Of the $200 Billion in bailouts to the states, $70 to $100 Billion is likely end up in the coffers of public schools.
Coincidentally, the Detroit Public Schools have turned a $140 million surplus into a $400 million deficit. They now claim to be to broke to pay for lightbulbs or toilet paper.
The Detroit Public Schools now have a grand public relations ploy. They can testify before Congress as to the dire conditions in their schools, and accuse anyone who opposes the bailout of hating poor black children.
The school system avoids fiscal accountability, and Uncle Sugar prints more money … which is laundered through the teacher’s union back into Democrat party coffers.
The perfect con game.