Singling teachers out in a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, called for a stoppage of teacher’s unions’ ability to contribute to political campaigns. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of all corporations and unions to contribute an unlimited amount of money to campaigns.
Romney stated, “[Allowing teacher’s unions to contribute to political campaigns is] the wrong way for us to go. We have got to separate that,” calling the Supreme Court-upheld right a “mistake.” Romney proposes in his argument that teachers may not have their student’s best interest in the forefront of their motivations:
“I believe that we simply can’t have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians, and then those politicians, when elected, stand across from them at the bargaining table, supposedly to represent the interest of the kids.” Washington Post
So why is Romney now calling for the teacher’s unions specifically to be denied their First Amendment rights? Take a look at the top contributors to the Democrat Party. You’ll find that The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers rank number three and number seven, respectively, in a list of top corporation and union Democrat Party-only contributors.
Never mind the hundreds of other union and corporation contributors, donating millions of dollars to political campaigns coming into question. Romney isn’t questioning their motives for donating, suggesting that their reasons may not be for the betterment of their end product or service.
For Romney to suggest that teachers and their unions may not have their own student’s best interests in mind when exercising their First Amendment rights by donating to a political party is unsettling and makes a clear statement on how he respects teacher’s rights.
source: Open Secrets