Deborah Meier comments on a post about efforts in Philadelphia to weaken or eliminate collective bargaining:

INTERESTINGLY, ALMOST NO ONE FEELS OBLIGED to defend their strategies, etc in terms of its impact on a democratic society!  IF, just suppose, it raised test scores we seem prepared to dump democratic norms on the behalf of test scores.  The grand old USA is–might we mention–an experiment in democracy!  (It was not primarily founded on the principles of the market place–that was true, after all, of the decadent European nations we were breaking away from as well.)