Monday, January 15, 2007

Ban Bonzo

When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, there was a renewed interest in his work as an actor. He took a lot of ribbing for a film he made with a monkey named Bonzo. I'd never heard of this film, and though it seemed less than classic, I was curious to see it.

But that was before VCRs were so ubiquitous, and no TV station would run it. They felt that during an election, giving free publicity to a candidate was blatantly unethical. Perhaps it was illegal.

Unity-New Action, on the other hand, have their paws in your dues money, and are running a slick commercial I happened to see on Law and Order the other day. Every time the machine is up for re-election, such commercials appear, so it's tough to attribute them to coincidence.

If Randi Weingarten were serious about reducing class size, she'd have made it a contract demand a long time ago. Instead, she sent out a questionnaire deliberately giving members the impression that class size reductions, if demanded, would come in lieu of salary increases.

In fact, the only reason class sizes are as low as they are is because they are written into the UFT contract. Petitions and referendums have failed in the past, and the severely diminished CFE lawsuit provides no oversight whatsoever for the mayor.

The most memorable moments of this commercial entail Ms. Weingarten's name hovering over the screen along the UFT insignia.

It's disgraceful Ms. Weingarten uses member dues to run her re-election campaign. Her ethics seem to pale next to Bonzo's. Here's the commercial, by the way, free of charge:

Related: Oh, Those UFT Commercials
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