December
8th 2008
Award-Winning Cartoonist Disinvited from School for Offending Union

Posted under Education Politics & Elementary School

Thanks to Intercepts’ Mike Antonucci for bringing our attention to this story

San Diego Pulitzer prize-winning political cartoonist Steve Breen was invited to speak at a local public elementary school. A great opportunity for kids to see, right? Think about the kids in the school who are aspiring artists and creative thinkers. Right now, I like to draw pictures of race cars and army guys. Maybe I could do what Mr. Breen does someday.

Anyway, there’s more to the story – he has been “disinvited” because of this cartoon he drew:

Ed Morrissey at the Hot Air blog makes a great point about the cartoon:

A little harsh? Perhaps; the state of California hardly got hijacked by the unions against their will, at least not “Sacramento” as representing its government. The Democrats who run the state willingly allied themselves with these powerful unions and stuck it to the taxpayers on their behalf. Rename the ship “California Taxpayers” and that may be more on target.

Regardless, the union officials, school officials, or whoever is responsible for taking back Mr. Breen’s invitation only have helped to prove the point: It isn’t really about the kids, is it? It’s hard to deny that teachers union officials have a tight grip on the schools – at least those in California – seeing as how they have exalted their organization into such a sacred cow. That kind of hypersensitivity only makes them look more foolish to the rest of the world, including a 5-year-old from Colorado like me.

I’ve posted the cartoon in protest. Maybe your blog could do it, too.

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