By Ben Velderman
WASHINGTON – The nation’s teacher union leaders practically tripped over their own feet Saturday morning, as they raced to their keyboards to pound out press releases denouncing Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The presidents of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers both issued press statements panning the decision. But in their haste, the Big Labor bosses inadvertently confirmed what their critics have long believed: The NEA and the AFT are far more concerned about promoting a left-wing political and economic agenda than they are about improving public education.
Consider the following.
Only one sentence of AFT President Randi Weingarten’s 11-sentence press release made any mention of Paul Ryan’s education policies – and that line contained only tired union clichés, not specific examples of policy differences.
“(Ryan) would reduce, not expand, real opportunities for all students to have access to high-quality public education,” Weingarten asserted, without offering any evidence.
Weingarten used twice as much space (two sentences) to attack Ryan’s views of the new health care law and Medicare, and spent four sentences to claim that Ryan favors the wealthy over the middle class.
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