Do I detect the stench of hypocrisy?

Have you noticed that the same party that has rigorously opposed merit pay for public school teachers is now insisting on implementing government-imposed merit pay on private corporations?  Smells like class warfare to me.

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  • suek

    Say hey! and here I always thought that a “bonus” payment was merit based. No???

  • http://VocalMinority.typepad.com ericthered

    If this is so, it won’t be merit pay the way rational, sentient human beings understand merit pay. It will be how the Left considers merit, e.g., which company is more greeeeen, which has a more diverse work force (AA, quotas, etc.), which has more income equality among its various levels of employees. In other words, the companies that operate more like microcosms of Leftism will get the prize. Just my opinion.

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  • suek

    Don’t know if this should go here or in the open thread…it sort of fits here, since it’s about merit – or lack thereof – pay…

    http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE52N67F20090324

  • rwturney

    Merit pay for teachers, while sounding reasonable, would be a disaster for conservatives as long as there is a state monopoly for their services.

    Someone has to decide who has merit and who doesn’t. It would be used to enforce ideology.

  • Mike Devx

    From suek’s link in #2:

    >> Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

    Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

    Ah, but would I still have to pay for my local non-profit newspaper? The article is silent!

    And the link also states:

    Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt

    Advertising and subscription revenue??? Revenue??? And subscriptions that require me to pay for my non-profit revenue??? Sure smells like money coming into to that non-profit newspaper to me! Non-profit churches don’t require me to pay at a turnstile to enter the church and hear the sermon! At the bake sale… I don’t have to buy! What’s up with the Orwellian non-profit doublespeak?

    Must be a Democrat. Must be a Statist.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    rw: The indoctrination at schools happens regardless of bonuses for merit, although you may be right that the indoctrination might be taught even more effectively by teachers with incentives. But I didn’t intend to get into a debate about the benefits or burdens of bonuses. I just wanted to point out that this is definitely a political party that talks out of both sides of its mouth, depending on which constituency it wishes to benefit or burden.

  • suek

    >>What’s up with the Orwellian non-profit doublespeak?>>

    Make that triple-speak…

    If the activity is truly non-profit, income isn’t taxable in the first place. If your _for_ profit business has 1 million dollars of income, and 1 million dollars of expense, there is no profit, and there is no tax. So for there to be a tax liability, there has to be a profit, which obviously means that it isn’t a non-profit. Most non-profits make a profit, but disburse it for charitable purposes. And they don’t limit the salaries of their officers/employees either. It’s pretty easy to be a non-profit if you just make sure your salaries are high enough. _Really_ easy.

    >>giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.>>

    And we already know how unbiased and balanced the public broadcasting companies are. And how self-sufficient…

  • rwturney

    >>But I didn’t intend to get into a debate about the benefits or burdens of bonuses. I just wanted to point out that this is definitely a political party that talks out of both sides of its mouth, depending on which constituency it wishes to benefit or burden.

    Sorry to move the topic away from that, it wasn’t really intentional, it’s just that teacher merit pay is something I think that conservatives should be careful about supporting. As to your topic, yes “the stench of hypocrisy” is strong.