Listen: Lee P Brown, New York, Houston discussed on Michael Berry
"Two thousand troops in the Los Angeles public school district. Delayed their walkout today. For another day. It's expected that it will occur tomorrow. They waited till the last minute. Causing of course, a great deal of discomfort to the district. The second largest school district in the country. And guess what? They're no Republicans around to blame for this one. Leaving six hundred thousand students without their teacher. The teachers are demanding a six and a half percent pay hike that would be retroactive to two thousand seventeen. That's a pretty big demand to start with. But overlay that on a district teetering on the brink of financial insolvency. Now, what's happening is? We're seeing this with public employees across the country. It's a very complicated matter. When I was elected to city council in Houston in two thousand one. My first two year term coincided with the previous mayor with his last two year term Lee p Brown. The worst mayor Houston has ever had and hopefully will ever have Lee. Brown's claim to fame is everywhere. He went he was the first black to do something. I black sheriff in Portland. First black police chief in Houston. First black police chief in New York. The was the drugs are under Bill Clinton. And wherever he went. Absolutely, positively screwed everything up. The crown heights massacre in New York where he went in hiding because of the slaughter of Jews there and Brown didn't know how to handle it. He was a bust as the drug czar and Lord knows what do you have to do is drugs or failure after failure in the man's career? But he kept falling upward at a time. Where different institutions needed a black guy. He had the resume classic example of someone who gets hired on the basis of race who happens to be black. But whose terrible in the problem, then becomes the next guy has a much higher burden because people assume that a black guy can't be the sheriff. He can't be the drugs or he can't be the police chief because the first guy who was hired on the basis of being black was terrible. Whereas you should wait and hire a guy who's good. So that you then don't have the problem of the black guy not being good. But being black. Well, when that happened Lee Brown managed to get a massive black turnout. This was before Obama. But this was the same concept on the basis of hiring a a of electing a black police a black mayor. He had to build a coalition his coalition was black voters and city employees. Granted there's a high percentage of city employees who are black. But there's an another package of people that he could manage to support him on the basis of pensions and other packages that were incredibly lucrative. Well, the average voter who's not getting a pension increase is never as mad about the fact that he's going to pay for the other guys pension increase as the guy who's getting the pension increase is happy the guy who's going to get the pension increase. He's gonna show up vote because it's gonna make a huge difference in his life. The guy who's going to have to pay for it with his property tax increase. He figures. Well, there's corruption at city hall. What can I do so Lee p Brown gets elected on the basis of promising pension packages to city employees that are untenable their unworkable? And so now here we are seventeen years later. Our police officers are fighting with our firefighters. Firefighters haven't haven't received what they feel that. They're entitled to the police officers are trying to keep the firefighters from having the same package because if the firefighters had the same package as a police the costs are astronomical which will mean eventually the police won't be able to get what they were promised. And then you have the group that that Brown was rewarding which is the civilian employees, which are all the secretaries, and and public works workers and pothole fillers and all those sorts of things, but it didn't matter Brown got reelected by promising this big fat pension in seventeen years later here. We are in the city of Houston paying for it. And it's building every day. This is going on across the country. The city of Chicago where the municipal employees that have retired are now a bigger and bigger drain. The city of Detroit. Washington DC New York City Miami. And what's happening can best be understood. By studying the airline industry. You have what are called legacy carriers. United American the old line. Airline companies that have been around for decades. Well, what happens is their pilot packages are so rich that when their pilots retire. It's not as bad for the stewardesses, but it adds up mechanics. All the different people who work for the airline the longer the airline has been around the more money. They're having to spend on employees that are not delivering a service to the user. So you wanna fly from Houston and New York, you go in and pay for a flight, you pay us around number five hundred dollars some amount of that money. One hundred hundred dollars is not paying for fuel or new planes or the people who fixed the planes or the people who fly you it's paying for people who flew ten or twenty years ago. Every day. More of those people are being added to the role. So every day tickets have to increase and the money's not going to the bottom line. It's going to a service. I'll never see honoring a pension that was that was crafted in the past. So then you get these new airlines that come in the jet blues. There's always a new airline coming in. And they're lean and they don't brag about what they offer you. They brag about what they don't offer you and their prices sixty percent with the legacy carriers prices. So the only thing that the legacy carriers can compete in any longer is the long haul because the big birds. The only thing that United's and the Americans can compete in any more is international travel because those smaller airlines typically don't do much of the international travel. That's why continental tried to keep Southwest Airlines out of hobby airline out of hobby airport because that allowed Southwest Airlines to be able to fly to Mexico. Belise Costa Rica once they could do that they can undercut continental dramatically, but the newer airlines. They don't have all the retirees to pay. Well, compare that to these big cities in these big pensions that they're paying for and every day the left is trying to mobilize these various groups teachers, civilian employees, you name it unions don't care about in the Bank of the city. So here you've got Los Angeles schoolteachers wanting to six and a half percent pay increase, but retroactive two years that is a dramatic drain on the city of Los Angeles revenues at a time when the state of California is on the verge of bankruptcy. The city of Los Angeles is on the verge of bankruptcy and the teachers were walking."