Mike's favorite is former National Education Association president Reg
Weaver justifying why he deserved an annual pension of $242,657 from the
state of Illinois, which counted his union salary as part of the
formula the state used to calculate his retirement benefits.
"If you want to divide that $240,000 into the amount of hours spent, I think you would find that the per hour was probably not much at all, considering the work that had to be done," Weaver said, ignoring the issue of why Illinois taxpayers should finance a retirement based on his national union work.
But my favorite among the top 10 is actually number 2 on the list, Bruce Cole of the Colorado Springs Education Association, explaining why the union doesn't want teacher contract negotiations conducted in public:
"Even Jesus needed an executive session with his disciples."
Okay, is it even necessary to point out that early Christians weren't paid government workers (far from it) but were private citizens meeting among themselves. And they were obviously solid taxpaying citizens, at that. Cole apparently never read Mark, 12:17: "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's..."