Thursday, October 10, 2013 2:37 PM
I guess first we need to look at why the GOP is stuck with this dimwit Tucker. When he ran for an open seat, the former occupant of that seat, Sen. Fern Shubert, a staunch conservative with a level head was considered the frontrunner. Tucker won with two last minute mailings which told outright lies about Shubert which were concocted by Dee Stewart. Dee Stewart was also consultant for the GOP Senate caucus at the time and many Republicans wondered why Phil Berger allowed him to get into that primary, especially after the lies he told to defeat Shubert. Tucker is a more liberal Republican who had the lowest rating in the state of any legislative candidate by the NRA.
While the reality is that this salary is a rather trivial issue in the overall scheme of things, like the lies Stewart used against Shubert, packaged as a political torpedo it can be devastating. Wos has consistently shown her total lack of political savvy, and it looks like she has no advisors with any political savvy either.
The issue should never be teachers raises, as teachers should get no more and no less than state employees get generally. That education is inefficiently run in North Carolina is shown by the fact that it costs public education twice as much money per pupil per year as it does private schools, yet private schools provide much better education. One of the problems is a bloated bureaucracy in public education. Republicans should advocate taking a meat ax to that bureaucracy and taking the savings to boost teacher pay.