The Wall Street Journal reports that at a private fundraising event in Florida, Mitt Romney, the apparent Republican nominee for President, vowed to shrink the size of the U.S. Department of Education and stand up to the teachers unions, inventing, as he so often does, a straw man to be knocked down. “The unions will put in hundreds of millions of dollars,” Mr. Romney said. “There’s nothing like it on our side.”
First of all almost no one has any trouble standing up to the teacher unions these days. Across the country, at the state, local and national levels, all public sector unions are being rolled over by Democratic and Republican politicians who have found in them a convenient and docile blame-catchers for the nation’s economic problems. Then, the notion that our unions will be raising hundreds of millions of dollars for the Obama campaign is just typical of Romney’s ability to utter the most outrageous falsehoods. For the past week he’s been trying to convince women that Republicans would be better friends, falsely alleging that they have borne a disproportionate share of the job losses in our economic crisis. Now it’s the hundreds of millions of dollars teacher unions will arise against him. Would that we could raise those kinds of dollars to crush disreputable liars like Romney.