I can remember in middle school in the late 1960's being taught that Communism in its pure form is not a bad thing at all. Even then, they were planting in young minds concepts built on propaganda and not on the reality of things.
Definition of SOCIALISM
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
There you have it. So there is no need to be blind to what is going on. But back to the teachers. Here in Florida the Teachers paid zero into their own retirement. Yep... Zippo. In most states it was 5%. But to hear them tell it, it would destroy their lives to pay that 5%.
Due to a weak GOP in the state, it ended up being 3%. The 5% would have fixed some big financial issues within the School System and possibly saved some jobs. The teachers losing jobs, if they bothered to get real information, other than Union Propaganda, would know that their greediness is costing fellow teachers their jobs. Here is Florida, Governor Scott trimmed 615 million in GOP and Democratic projects to try and save these people's jobs. Many created by stimulus money that is now gone.
If it were up to me, the teachers would have to make investments just like everyone else. Government jobs are not like private sector jobs. In the private sector, wage and retirement packages are based off of one thing. Profit and the ability to pay for itself. There are market values. It has its own way of working.
But in the Government jobs, it is all from revenue from the tax payer themselves. Many who do not have children in schools. Many who pay private tuition's for their own children and are thus paying twice. Then there are the people who can not or never will have children. Why should their tax dollars go into the school system? It should not.
So here we are. A non profit, all tax driven education system that tells our children how bad America is. How greedy the Capitalists are. And we need pay these teachers on top of a good salary, benefits and now a free ride in retirement?
Why are we doing this? It makes very little sense. Yet we have no choice. Talk about being unconstitutional...taxation without representation.