The teachers in Wisconsin are so greedy that they would rather kill the goose that lays the golden eggs and get those golden eggs now rather than help to set up a sustainable system that continues better than average compensation.
What's at Stake in Wisconsin's Budget Battle
The real assault this week was led by Organizing for America, the successor to President's Obama's 2008 campaign organization. It helped fill buses of protesters who flooded the state capital of Madison and ran 15 phone banks urging people to call state legislators.And in their temper tantrum over keeping every nickel they managed to flim flam out of a corrupt process they can't even make a consistent or logical arguement over why they should have a higher standard of living over the tax payers who provide their compensation.
Mr. Walker's proposals are hardly revolutionary. Facing a $137 million budget deficit, he has decided to try to avoid laying off 5,500 state workers by proposing that they contribute 5.8% of their income towards their pensions and 12.6% towards health insurance. That's roughly the national average for public pension payments, and it is less than half the national average of what government workers contribute to health care. Mr. Walker also wants to limit the power of public-employee unions to negotiate contracts and work rules—something that 24 states already limit or ban.
"Ending dues deductions breaks the political cycle in which government collects dues, gives them to the unions, who then use the dues to back their favorite candidates and also lobby for bigger government and more pay and benefits," Mr. Siegel told me.And the so called reasoning for keeping all of their spoils?
"This is about the clean government Wisconsin has enjoyed over the past century versus the corrupt government that Scott Walker proposes," thundered the liberal Madison Capital Times newspaper earlier this week. Democratic State Sen. Bob Jauch called Mr. Walker's move "the end of the democratic process" during the committee debate on Wednesday night.What? Really? How so? Talk about your flat out whopper of lies. Unless of course by democratic process Sen Bob Jauch means a political process where the democratic party gets it's way on every issue despite what the people they supposedly represent want. That clearly must be the case because once the literal democratic process began to move forward they themselves dismantled the democratic process by leaving the state and halting a vote, which would have been the democratic process in action.
And talk about an astro-turf demonstration. Union fat cats run their business like a big business.
See the nicely printed signs?
And which one of the grass roots protestors was smart enough to bring along the porta-potties?
Well, at least the kids made their own signs. It was probably a homework assignment given to them on the last day they attended classes.
Civil Rights? Sorry kid. You get an F. I don't know what the lazy teachers who don't make their own signs are teaching you, but dictating the terms of your compensation to your employer is not a civil right!