NJEA Needs a Clue

As an employee forced to join NJEA, I receive Cyberlobbee News, an NJEA update.  The current issue of this spells out NJEA’s opposition to the idea of amending New Jersey’s constitution to require voter approval for any state borrowing.

NJEA needs a clue.  The first reason it opposes such legislation is:

Putting investment questions to a vote requires very complex issues to be boiled down to a simplistic “yes” or “no” format.
(NJEA added emphasis)

Ah, that sounds good.  Borrowing is so complex the average voter cannot get a grasp of it.  Nice support of the voter there.  But beyond the dismissive attitude, comes a complete misunderstanding of the process.

Let’s think this through.  If voters do not get to determine borrowing, how will borrowing occur?  It goes something like this.

  • Some legislator writes a bill.  (The legislator was elected by the same folks NJEA does not want to instill confidence in.)
  • The bill is assigned to committee where more voter-elected legislators talk about it.
  • If the bill with the hypothetical borrowing is deemed important enough, it is voted out of committee and put up for a vote in either the Assembly or Senate by many more of the voter-elected legislators.
  • If it passes, the bill is passed to the other house to be voted on by even more voter-elected legislators.  Because this borrowing is so important, it passes there too.
  • Then it is sent to the governor.  Presumably because the borrowing is needed, the voter-elected governor signs the bill making it law, thus indebting the taxpayers for the length of the loan.

The governor, the 80 assemblymen, and 40 senators approved the spending.  How did they do it? Oh, that’s right.  They voted Yeah or Nay on the bill.  So it seems like very complex issues have already been boiled down to a simplistic “yes” or “no” format.

Why remove the voters from the process then?  NJEA doesn’t have an answer for that.

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One thought on “NJEA Needs a Clue”

  1. It’s because the NJEA knows that their “feel good about yourself” habits and policies fail to actually educate the average voter. You see, he’s not smart enough to make those kinds of important decisions; we should leave them to “the experts.”

    All that’s really important is that the politicians who will promise the most money to the teachers’ unions get elected. That automatically makes them “the experts” and qualifies them to decide how your money will be spent.

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