Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin thinks that teachers, who went to Frankfort to preserve their pensions, are at fault for any and all things that happen to children when school is closed.
Bevin, you obtuse little ape.
On Friday when teachers showed up at the state capital and got in his face over his inability to protect teacher pensions, Bevin went on a bizarre media rant about children beer bong-ing poison and being sexually abused. I wish I were lying.
“Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?” Bevin inquired.
He didn’t stop there.
“I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them. I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them.”
I’m personally not sure whether to laugh or cry at this statement. It is utterly ridiculous and amazing that Bevin can button his shirt much less govern a state. Alas, he is where the Republican party has gone. Blame the teachers (read: anyone) for problems that he and his party created.
Perhaps kids are home alone, Bevin. Maybe if parents had adequate access to childcare for before, after and in the event school is cancelled, less children might be home alone. Maybe those parents would have some options. You know which parents I mean, Bevin…the ” because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them” parent. The ones who keep getting their services and pensions cut because of you.
Also, Bevin, your budget proposals put the Poison Control Center at risk of closing. Perhaps it if were well funded and could do adequate outreach, kids might certainly know better than to ingest poison.
I’m sorry, I can’t even take that statement seriously. Kids do get into poisons, but I don’t think being in or out of school is going to shift those numbers dramatically. I’m thinking that kids sipping cordial glasses of Drain-O is not happening at the rate, Bevin wants folks to think. If he’s concerned about poison, perhaps he should reflect on the 1.2 million United States children who have lead poisoning. Many of those exposed by the Republican slack on regulation of businesses who dump chemicals in water systems. Bevin is welcome to visit Flint, Michigan and have a glass of lead water or visit the schools in Portland, Oregon where they had to shut off water fountains because of lead contamination. Hell, it’s happened in Kentucky.
It isn’t home that’s the risk, it is Republican policy — again.
More to the point and fully shaking my head at this, perhaps if Bevin would stop slashing funds for children and families in crisis, and would not only raise social worker pay but decrease their caseloads, at-risk children could be better served by therapeutic and prevention services.
What Bevin said is emblematic of several things. Republicans have run out of logical shit to say. It isn’t that they are just now saying ridiculous shit, they always have but it is the fact that what they are saying has jumped the shark into crazy talk so completely made up and silly that even their base is listening with wrinkled foreheads.
Bevin is also the poster boy for carpet-bagger politicians who only run for office to seek a financial payout on the backs of the people in a community to which they have no attachment.
When teachers began discussing their days off, they were first worried about their children. They understand that many of these children come from complicated background and that many of the kids (and their parents) face significant hardships when school is out.
Teachers know this better than Bevin.
Teachers also know that being an educator is a profession and one that comes with certain responsibilities and expectations. It is also a job. For any job performed, particularly in a capitalist system like the one that Bevin so strongly supports for himself, when you work, you receive pay. That pay can be in the form of hard dollars on the paycheck, but also in the form of benefits to be used for medical and retirement. These benefits are part of the agreed-upon exchange. You work, you get paid. Whatever form that might be.
So the bottom line is this, Kentucky educators have the right to be fairly compensated for their worth. Teachers do and any other American worker does.
Whether a teacher cares for his students or not shouldn’t matter. Teachers are employed and financial compensation is the currency of that continued relationship. Love can’t pay the bills or feed an educators own children. “Love of the job” certainly won’t pay for care and medications in the senior years.
Kentucky, stop letting folks tell you they deserve something that you don’t. Stop listening to politicians like Bevin who try to villainize workers for standing up for their rights to be compensated fairly. Bevin is on notice. He is aware. Keep up the pressure.
Buy him a new suitcase and find out why he’s so obsessed with kids sexual assault. It’s kind of creepy.
UPDATE: (bish, please edition):