According to a new study from the Bureau of Labor statics, public school teachers are now the highest paid state workers. Public school teachers. In fact, public school teachers receive more than twice as much in average hourly wages and benefits as workers in private industry, on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Public school teachers “are paid an average of $56.59 per hour in combined wages and benefits,” which is twice the $28.24 an hour in wages and benefits paid to workers in the private sector.

Now, some of you are probably saying, “I don’t understand, Rush. Why are you upset about that? I mean, I’ve heard you say that you’re all for everybody doing well. I’ve heard you say you’re all for everybody being as wealthy as they can get. Have you changed your mind, Rush?” No, I haven’t. The problem with this is — and I will say it again — is that the people who earn $28 an hour on average are the ones paying the people making twice that. And we’re not talking about evil CEOs. We’re talking about these teachers’ neighbors. With public school teachers we’re also talking about a protected class of people. Whether you want to believe me or not, a sizeable portion of Obama’s stimulus was earmarked for states to keep public employees on the job.

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