A teacher starting work in Chicago’s public schools can expect to bring in a salary in the range of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on educational level (Bachelor’s to Doctorate). If a teacher starts work at 22 and lasts for 45 years, an assumption tantamount to heroism, it is possible that, with increases in pay, the teacher might receive between $3 and $4 million. Contrast this please, with mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, whose calls for cutbacks in education can only be called hypocritical at best: Emanuel received $18.5 million in compensation for his “work” in an investment firm. (Chicago Sun Times) That work as a “relationship banker” meant: consolidating the relationships he acquired in the Clinton administration with the banking industry. Add to that another $300 grand he pulled in as an employee of “Freddie Mac” for about 9 months.
In other words, the mayoral candidate who proposes cutbacks in teachers’ wages is perfectly content to collect in two years 5 times what a teacher would earn in a lifetime. And, when criticized for his call for cutbacks, he responds by saying he is not asking any public servant to sacrifice any more than he has.
This is called the big lie. If you say something, no matter how outrageous, often enough and loudly enough and insistently enough, it will come to be accepted as the truth. Rahm Emanuel is a dangerous man.
Vote for Miguel del Valle for mayor of Chicago!