For instance, the March issue starts off with a bizarre article about how “ultra-rich, ultra-right wing players” like the Koch brothers are “orchestrating attacks” on public schools. Later in the newsletter when talking of the Koch brothers MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver was quoted as saying “Everything that matters to our members is at stake: their jobs, their rights, their families and communities, the very existence of public education and services in this state.” Melanie Carlson, president of the Missoula Education Association, is then quoted as saying that the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has even infiltrated our local Montana legislature and MEA-MFT members should begin giving $5 a month to the MEA-MFT political action committee to “fight back.” Are you kidding me?
Ironically the newsletter also reported that the billionaire Koch brothers have been donating huge amounts of “six-, seven-, and eight figures” cash gifts to public higher learning institutions. The MEA-MFT position is that academics should be leery considering Koch’s anti-government activism. So are they saying they should turn down millions of dollars of donations because the donor is a capitalist? Here I thought the favored academic chant was "We Need Mo' Money"
The Koch brothers have actually had the audacity of dictating that they want their donations to go towards the “expansion of centers to study capitalism, free enterprise, and economic freedom.” Considering that the new wave of university study is geared towards topics such as Wall Street Occupiers and Marxism this capitalistic approach is something that should be viewed with skepticism according to the people that hold your union dues in their bulging political action committee bank account.
MEA-MFT Political Director Terry Minow reported that the MEA-MFT Board of Directors have declared the 2012 elections a state-wide “crisis.” A “Crisis Team” has spent “hundreds of hours interviewing candidates, reviewing voting records, and scrutinizing candidates’ position papers.” This propaganda info-mercial then went on to state as fact that they have given every politician a fair shake and “recommendations are based solely on issues. Personality and political party play no role.”
Interestingly when the actual “recommendations” are made as to who the members should support the list began with Democrats and ended with Democrats without a mention of anyone from any other political party. I am sure the process was fair and this over-sight was just a coincidence. Apparently, according to this tripe, all political parties other than Democrats want to just close up the schools and go back to the system of the 1800’s when book learning was viewed as keeping kids from their labors on the farm.
I often wonder why it is legal to force union members to render financial dues like a hostage at gun point to an organization that doesn’t represent the political views of all members. I assure you that I know teachers that think some people on your recommended vote list like Senator Jon Tester have done irreparable harm to our country with their out of touch agendas. Why should hostage union members that don't agree with these selections have to fund via extortian a political action committees like this farce operated by the MEA-MFT under the direction of Eric Feaver?
On the bright side however, I now have the MEA-MFT union’s “recommended” voting list to take to the polls so I know with certainty which candidates to vote against.