Apparently, not all schools in Wisconsin are closed for the Presidents Day holiday. Or they weren’t supposed to be. Madison schools are closed now, thanks to the teachers voting to stay away from the classroom for another day.
Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell on Sunday called on teachers who did not have Monday off for the Presidents Day holiday to return to their classrooms.
“As Monday and Tuesday roll on, people who are supposed to be in class will be in class, and we will see what the week brings,” she said.
While Bell was making her statement, a conflicted Madison teachers union gathered to discuss the future of their protest against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to effectively strip their collective bargaining ability.
Nearly 3,000 Madison teachers, staff and family gathered at Monona Terrace. The four-hour meeting was not open to the public and members of the media were asked to leave shortly before discussion began.
One teacher said she planned to vote to return today, because she was afraid public opinion was turning against the teachers. (Gee, I can’t imagine why.) Then she changed her mind. But we’re supposed to think this is about the children? Please.
If it’s a Wisconsin story, why did Obama horn in on it? He horned in and then backed out. It’s this back and forth, trying to get into the right pose to look good later on. It’s so difficult for him! (As for “organic grass-roots.” Organic! You just know, the Tea Party was commercially grown.) I’d like to know what’s really going on! Can’t the NYT ferret out some real information about the behind-the-scenes national-level politics reaching into Wisconsin instead of passing along propaganda from Dan Pfeiffer?
Read the whole thing. The NYT is bending over backwards to make Obama look good and make the teachers look reasonable.
In related news, there’s talk of a compromise that some squishy RINOs in the Wisconsin Senate are trying to pull together. Gateway Pundit has provided contact information for the Republican Senators if you’d like to send them a note of support. Something tells me Governor Walker isn’t going to bend.
“I’ve said all along the protesters have every right to be there, but I’m not going to let tens of thousands overload or overshadow the millions of people in Wisconsin, the taxpayers of the state, who want us to do the right thing and balance the budget,” Gov. Walker told us. (Click here to watch the interview.)
Fourteen state Senate Democrats fled to Illinois last week, preventing a quorum and blocking passage of Walker’s budget repair bill. But that doesn’t dissuade Gov. Walker. He told Heritage he would prefer to see the stalemate last indefinitely rather than compromise on his principles.
Governor Walker also said he likes the music the protesters are blaring in the Capitol building. Heh.
You know who I feel bad for? Well, besides the kids who aren’t getting educated, their parents and the taxpayers. I feel bad for the decent teachers who want to show up for work and can’t because the union is holding them hostage.
Update: The White House now denies any involvement in the Wisconsin teacher protest and sick out, but they were busted by a tweet from the DNC’s communications director. The Other McCain has more on the Wisconsin situation, including a quote from Mark Hemingway that pretty much nails the Democrats’ hypocrisy.
The obvious point here is that if it’s so “reckless” to shutdown the government, why have Wisconsin legislators, the President and the DNC all supported the government shutdown in Wisconsin?
A point that seems to be lost on the media covering this ongoing story.