RALEIGH – All teacher pay, all the time. That’s what your getting from the Democrats on Jones Street in anticipation of the massive teacher walkout and protest planned for next Wednesday.
One of those Democrats squawking the loudest is N.C. House Minority Leader Darren Jackson (D-Wake). In a teacher pay focused thread on Twitter, Jackson lectured Republican majorities for stiffing teachers and parroted all the same talking points along the way.
Jackson even quoted Dan Rather on appreciating teachers, which is ironic considering Rather did not appreciate his journalism teachers enough to pay attention during the ‘Don’t use forged documents to smear a sitting president running for re-election in a blatant partisan attack‘ lesson.
But I digress.
It’s one thing to argue that teachers should be paid more. It’s quite another to be utterly sanctimonious on the topic when you have not only voted against each and every teacher pay raise over the last 7 years, but voted FOR laying off teachers in 2009.
Reminder: Rep. Jackson has voted against every teacher pay raise and every increase in ed funding since 2014.
— Jeff H (@j_hauser9) May 9, 2018
— NC House Republicans (@NCHouseGOP) May 9, 2018
And if you’ve listened to Jackson talk about education on the House floor, you’d hear him talk about the importance of art teachers as he ‘belittles’ Republicans for not doing enough to save those kinds of jobs. That ‘Teacher of the Year’ was an art teacher and Jackson voted to give him a pink slip essentially.
But this is the modus operandi of Democrat lawmakers – they latch onto an issue that offers them a human shield of popular ‘victims’ and paint those opposed to their Big Government policies as mean-spirited haters determined to oppress the power and disenfranchise all Democrats.