It is one thing to promise, it’s another thing to deliver.
The out-of-power politician can promise much, but he/she has no accountability, just rhetoric and symbolic votes.
But rhetoric and symbolic votes can be hypnotic.
A great, present-day example is at the federal level. The Republicans, when they knew that their legislative efforts had no chance of becoming law, unanimously voted several times to repeal Obamacare.
The rhetoric and symbolic votes were powerful, but now that Republicans are in power … nothing.
So, let’s look at Texas teacher salaries when Texas Democrats were firmly in control and more recent with Republicans in control of the state’s political agenda.
In the 60th Texas Legislature (1967), the Senate had 29 Democrats and 2 Republicans. The House consisted of 143 Democrats and 7 Republicans. The governor was a Democrat. Average teacher annual salary in 1969-70 for Texas teachers was, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, was $7,255. The United States average was $8,626.
In 1969-70, the average annual salary for Texas teachers was below the national average.
In 2015-16, with a Republican governor and Republican majorities in the House and Senate, the average annual salary for Texas teachers was $51,758. The national average was $58,064.
In 2015-16, the average annual salary for Texas teachers was below the national average.
I don’t want to make too little of the differences between the major political parties in Texas, however, the allure of the out-of-power politician – Republican or Democrat – may be not all it seems act least for Texas teachers.