ONAWA, Iowa - Last Sunday the Journal editorial board recommended a pay freeze for all school district employees. That seems like a very high sacrifice in these times of rising prices. There is no reason that school district employees should agree to a pay freeze unless all other employees (public and private) and self-employed persons also agree to freeze their income.
Then, I suggest, it would be necessary for the government to step in and enact the extreme measure of an across-the-board price freeze on all consumer goods and commodities, such as: food, gas and oil, and pharmaceuticals, and also on all services, including insurance premiums, medical care and financial services. Since most employee contracts began July 1, 2011, then all price freezes should be rolled back to that date.
Of course we would have to convince our local, state and federal representatives to enact such a freeze. I am sure they would not be swayed by the panic it would create with the lobbyists, the corporate PAC funders, the conservative talking heads, nor the Tea Party activists. - Steve Allen