February 17, 2011

Look For the Union Label...

It's apparently all over the Wisconsin State Capitol building.

It has been a long time since a story has angered me as much as the Wisconsin Teachers' Union protest in Madison. The worst part is that it is one of those "blog stories" that nobody else you meet will have ever heard of. Katie Couric is not going to show you any of this.

To sum up:

1) The good people of The Badger State elect a responsible Governor, and enough responsible members of the state legislature to pursue real reform of public worker contracts and pensions.

2) The teachers "call in sick" to attend a protest in sufficient numbers that school is cancelled.

3) The precious little tykes are bussed to the Capitol to "try and stop whatever this dude is doing."

4) The protests are a travelling stimulus for union trash crews.

Browse Ann Althouse's site if you can bear it for more pictures, video, chanting, drumming. All on the dime of the Wisconsin taxpayer.

Hat-tip: Insty who says It's the difference between civilized people, and looters. Amen to that.

UPDATE: Mary Katherine Ham has a decidedly more jg take on it:

A three-day-long stand-off at the Wisconsin state capitol between union supporters and those backing the Republican governorís budget cuts just went to another level Thursday as Democratic senators apparently fled the state to prevent a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill, which would cut public employee union collective bargaining rights and require them to contribute to pensions and health care.

Law enforcement has been sent to find missing Democratic lawmakers, according to a Madison, Wis. ABC affiliate. State Sen. leader Scott Fitzgerald said only one Democrat is needed for quorum to vote on the controversial bill, which is expected to pass a Republican-majority Senate. The "Sergeant of Arms is going door to door to find Democratic senators."


Yeah, that cheers me up...

Education Posted by John Kranz at February 17, 2011 12:17 PM

Angry? This makes you angry? As blog optimist, I'm overcome with joy! If unionized state employees are pissed it can only be good for taxpayers, and for liberty.

What are they gonna say - "You can't make teachers pay for half of their own pension or an eighth of their own healthcare... What about the children?"

Posted by: johngalt at February 17, 2011 2:33 PM

From the MKH story -

Earlier today, law enforcement was sent to find missing Democratic lawmakers, according to a Madison, Wis. ABC affiliate. State Sen. leader Scott Fitzgerald said only one Democrat is needed for quorum to vote on the controversial bill, which is expected to pass a Republican-majority Senate. The "Sergeant of Arms is going door to door to find Democratic senators."

Just one measly little Democrat!

Posted by: johngalt at February 17, 2011 3:47 PM | What do you think? [2]