Teachers and their unions are protesting in Wisconsin because the governor is asking them to pay a little more for their health care and retirement plans, like the rest of us. They’re lucky to have jobs and such generous benefits, but they don’t see it that way.
The New York Times reported on the protests.
As four game wardens awkwardly stood guard, protesters, scores deep, crushed into a corridor leading to the governor’s office here on Wednesday, their screams echoing through the Capitol: “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
Behind closed doors, Scott Walker, the Republican who has been governor for about six weeks, calmly described his intent to forge ahead with the plans that had set off the uprising: He wants to require public workers to pay more for their health insurance and pensions, effectively cutting the take-home pay of many by around 7 percent.
He also wants to weaken most public-sector unions by sharply curtailing their collective bargaining rights, limiting talks to the subject of basic wages.
Mr. Walker said he had no other options, since he is facing a deficit of $137 million in the current state budget and the prospect of a $3.6 billion hole in the coming two-year budget.
“For us, it’s simple,” said Mr. Walker, whose family home was surrounded by angry workers this week, prompting the police to close the street. “We’re broke.”
They surrounded his family’s home! And it’s just mentioned in passing by the New York Times. After quoting a teacher who said she’ll have to find another job if these cuts go through (good luck with that, honey) the Times slipped in this piece of information. If people don’t read all the way to the last paragraph they’ll miss it.
Scott Fitzgerald, the Republican leader in the State Senate, slipped out of the Capitol Wednesday morning with his sunglasses on, head down. Protesters had gone to his home earlier in the week, forcing his family (including his wife, a school guidance counselor) to go elsewhere for a bit.
You’d think that angry union goons harrassing people in their private homes would be a story in itself, but no, it’s buried in a report telling us about the poor, poor teachers being asked to contribute to their health and retirement plans – the way the rest of us do!
Update: Linked by Pundit and Pundette – thanks! Be sure to check out that post, there’s a lot more information, including how President Obama has officially come out on the side of the unions and against the taxpayers. There’s also a link to Adrienne who says this is one more reason to home school your children. Sigh. If only I could.
Via Fox Nation