Several readers wrote in to complain about our fact-ish item: that $176,000 was the cost of “salaries” for the typical third-grade classroom.
The figure came from Conspiracies of the Ruling Class, a new book by Lawrence Lindsey, the director the National Economic Council during the G.W. Bush administration.
The title was so provocative, we picked it up.
The idea of a “conspiracy” at the top of U.S. politics… and a “ruling class” in what is supposed to be a republic… suggested that the author, a Republican insider, had lost his party membership… or his mind.
We opened it eagerly… hoping it was the former, not the latter.
Perhaps Lindsey – anticipating the neocons who are abandoning the GOP banner for the Deep State favorite, Hillary Clinton – had stolen a march on them… and gone over to the Democrats.
Lindsey’s point, insofar as the education numbers are concerned, was that the typical third-grade teacher doesn’t get a salary of $176,000. Nowhere close.
Instead, the money goes into salaries for administrators, “educators,” and all the assorted zombies now feeding like leeches on the public school system.