Why does the right love the police but hate teachers? (rough draft)

Right wing columnist Dan Senor on the Bill Maher show
repeated a new talking point making the rounds in right wing circles and that’s,
if only Baltimore had more school choice then the riots would not have happened.
Comedian D.L. Hughley pushed back and said “I wish you guys hated the police
union as much as you hate the teacher’s union.”
It got me thinking why do the police get a pass with the
right while the teacher unions are enemy number one, two if you count whatever
terrorist group du jour they want to use to frighten their constituents.
Think about the parallels between the police and teachers.
Both groups are highly unionized and both have had a hard time dealing with
poverty.
A generation of get tough on crime, put more cops on the
street and build more prisons hasn’t stopped poverty. It hasn’t jump started
neighborhoods to prosperity. Sure crime rates might be down but at the same
time graduation rates across the nation are up. However whenever a bad cop does
something the right says, that’s just one bad apple, but when a bad teacher does
something they use it as an indictment of the entire profession.
Where is merit pay for the police, or their VAM scores, how
come the police are guaranteed more than one year of employment if they do well
and teachers are not? Can you imagine the crisis there would be if law
enforcement was saddled with the same type of policies that teachers are?
I think it boils down to two things, first the right has not
figured out how to make a profit off of law enforcement, now it’s true there
are lots of private prisons and sadly the scandals and mismanagement surrounding
them have been legion. There however have been no calls to privatize the police
like there has been with education. Nobody is saying let the private sector can
do it cheaper and better.  
Next it is because teacher unions by and large have not
supported republicans since they took a hard right turn twenty five years ago. They
think how dare these low wage men and mostly women not support them and since
that’s the case they have to be punished. I have heard some say it’s because
teaching is a profession mostly made up of women and where there are other instances
where the right has targeted women, I’m not quite ready to go that far.
Poverty is the real problem both teachers and the police are
facing. Ignoring it in our schools and ignoring it in our streets has led to
tragedies in both.

The police and teachers have been hamstrung by bad
policies, the right however has given the police a pass while blaming teachers
for things beyond their control.  

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