There was a young woman who worked as a stage hand. She is obviously a union member. What I found so interesting about her was the fact that she said it looked like she was going to have to work seven days now. At first I thought she was thinking that she somehow was going to forced to work seven days a week. I was thinking what a brainwashed dingbat. Then I realized what she meant is that today was her day off and she was called in by her union to show up at the Capitol building to protest. The law has nothing to do with her or her job. Nothing will change for her. This law was about government unions, not about stage hands.
Doesn't this just prove what conservatives are saying about unions? The power that unions have is acute in this country that the average taxpayer is not on an even playing field. What is going on in Wisconsin has very little to do with the teachers. This is about the unions realizing that the political power they hold over the democratic party is beginning to be marginalized, and that is being viewed as a mortal threat to them. A local radio station in Milwaukee got a hold of a copy of an email sent to the law makers in Wisconsin:
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process
It goes on to talk about bombs being set to go off in different areas of the city to target not just the law makers but the families of the law makers as well. The sender of this email also doesn't seem to care about going to jail because they are going to martyr themselves for the 300,000 people who will no longer be able to survive due to this passage of this law:
The teachers paychecks will go down, but only due to paying more for benefits. Their pay scale remains unchanged and they are still going to be paying less than the average person pays for their benefits package and this is a benefits package that is also much better than the average person receives. These changes are something that they already agreed to. Again this is about power. If the state allows teachers to decide for themselves if they want to join the union and pay more than $1,000 per year in dues the unions could easily not allow the union to stuff the coffers of the politicians. Unions give more than 98% of the donations to the democratic party.
Better and more effective classrooms and student achievement is too high of a price to pay to give up collective bargaining rights? This is what this about. It isn't about the kids, it isn't about the pay scale, it is about power.
I also was following along on twitter last night.
RT @shoq: DEAR AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES: #WI was your 9/11
Yes, you are reading that correctly. The vote last night is the equivalent to 9/11 to the progressive left.
Do conservatives really need to say more? The veil is being lifted and the true picture is not pretty.
Cross posted at Potluck
If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you