Have teacher unions nuked the fridge?

posted at 10:12 am on February 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It started in New Jersey, where Chris Christie decided that the only way to real education reform was to challenge the powerful teachers union in the state, 200,000 members strong, and to do it loudly and boldly.   That effort has spread through several states, with the latest battleground erupting in Wisconsin, where teachers staged a wildcat strike with mainly unwitting students in their tow.  As Politico’s Jennifer Epstein reports, even Democrats have stopped defending tenure and other job protections demanded by teachers unions:

In Wisconsin, about 1,000 teachers called in sick Wednesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to strip their union bargaining rights.

In Washington, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recounted his battle with his state’s teachers unions Wednesday, calling their leaders “greedy” and “selfish.”

And in Nevada, Indiana and Florida, Republican governors are targeting teacher contracts and work rules to fix a system they say is broken. “The status quo has put us at the bottom of the heap,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval told POLITICO.

The events point to a convergence that is remaking the politics of education. Teachers unions, historically one of the most powerful interest groups in American politics, are being besieged like never before – under attack from conservative GOP governors with a zeal for budget-cutting even while taking fire from some Democrats, including President Barack Obama, who has suggested he agrees that unions can be an impediment to better schools. … On both sides of the aisle, politicians are unhappy with how teachers are compensated, hired and fired, and are eager to introduce reforms.

Teachers unions dropped $40 million on the midterm election, which Democrats desperately needed — and which did them almost no good in the end anyway.  The public has grown angry over decades of accelerated spending and federal interference in education with little to show for all of the resources sunk into it.  The government protects education as a near-monopoly, where only the wealthy can have actual, real choice in how their children are educated.  Union control of education has led to mediocrity rather than excellence, and sclerosis where there should be innovation.

Their tactics have grown threadbare as well, Patrick McIlheran argues in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  In fact, if teachers had hoped to generate sympathy for their plight in Wisconsin, they should instead prepare for some significant backlash to their wildcat strike:

The public-sector union tantrums, meant to make lawmakers wobble, have an inadvertent message for the rest of us: Voters can vote all they want. We can elect a cheapskate governor and a Legislature to match. But come the moment, unions will have the last, loudest word.

They’ll have it if takes marches. They’ll have it if it takes what amounts to an illegal strike, with so many Madison teachers calling in sick Wednesday that the district closed schools. If it takes showing up for a we-know-where-your-family-is protest on Walker’s Wauwatosa lawn while he was at work, the unions are sure they can outshout any election result.

This is exactly why Walker is right to limit the unions’ power over government spending.

Furthermore, taking the kids out of classes to march with them underscores another significant concern of the public regarding education.  Most of the students marching with their teachers had no idea of the finer points of Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to bring teacher pension contributions in line with the private sector, a position the union called “slavery” just a couple of months before conceding the point.  Nor do they understand the budget gap that Walker faces, or the nuances of economic policy, tax burdens, and growth policies.  All they know is what their teachers told them — and that speaks to political indoctrination conducted in public schools by activist teachers, and the inability of parents and communities to weed out inappropriate politicking in classrooms.

Thirty years ago, the public saw teachers as underpaid and overworked professionals trying to prepare the next generation for leadership.  These days, the teachers unions are doing their best to present an image of arrogant entitlement combined with an inability to withstand scrutiny and accountability.  When that $40 million failed to rescue Democrats from their midterm debacle, it may well have been a nuke-the-fridge moment that brought a dawning realization of the political albatross that teachers unions have become.

Update: Kevin Binversie says the targeted schools in Wisconsin were not chosen by coincidence:

Beaver Dam and Watertown are direct shots at the Fitzgerald brothers — Jeff and Scott — who “just happen” to be the State Assembly Speaker and State Senate Majority Leader.

Meanwhile, Dodgeville, Richland, Sauk Prairie, and Mineral Point are in the 17th State Senate District; think that’s a message to State Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center).

Can’t get any clearer that Racine United is a message to State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine)

And, seriously, could they not hide Glendale / River Hills as a way to go after State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee?

Kevin calls his list “interesting.”  I’d call it … instructional.


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“Whatever,” is right.

Grow Fins on February 17, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Gaia help the teacher who would drag my kids to one of these circuses, the janitors would need about fifty pounds of that red barf-sawdust to clean up the remains.

Bishop on February 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM

“Slurpeed the ditch” is my newest favoritest euphamism ever.

Abby Adams on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I can only pray that the governor stands firm and The People of Wisconsin remain behind him.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM

An illegal strike? Fire ‘em. Fire ‘em all. Teaching jobs are hard to come by. Fire ‘em and replace ‘em with some folks who can show a little gratitude and professionalism. Man would I ever love to see that.

Rational Thought on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM

They are acting like cornered animals, not people who can be trusted.

Mord on February 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to bring teacher pension contributions in line with the private sector, a position the union called “slavery”

Slavery. Slavery? Oh man….man oh man.

Bishop on February 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM

An illegal strike? Fire ‘em. Fire ‘em all. Teaching jobs are hard to come by. Fire ‘em and replace ‘em with some folks who can show a little gratitude and professionalism. Man would I ever love to see that.

I’ll second this… He should go full-on Reagan and declare that any teacher who participated in the wildcat strike is fired and barred from being rehired in Wisconsin.

teke184 on February 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM

If it takes showing up for a we-know-where-your-family-is protest on Walker’s Wauwatosa lawn while he was at work,

Exactly the kind of thugish behaviour you would expect from the union. I hope the other unions don’t fall in line like they usually do.

fourdeucer on February 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Hey Schwarzenegger, take a look at Wisconsin. This is how a real governor acts, you coward.

Mark1971 on February 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Thirty years ago, the public saw teachers as underpaid and overworked professionals trying to prepare the next generation for leadership.

School district employees do just fine. If they’re mad because they’re not making 6 figures(administrators and some principals notwithstanding), then go bust your ass and become a doctor or engineer or lawyer. Spend hundreds of thousands on education and then work 80 hour weeks. Or start your own business and work 100 hour weeks.

But if you enjoy your cushy 7-4 M-F gig that guarantees you 2 months off in the summer, 2 weeks off at Christmas, 1 week off in the spring, 3 days off at Thanksgiving, and countless other random holidays spread throughout the year, then shut the hell up and take what’s offered(which isn’t bad at all).

And I haven’t even gotten to the insane pensions and benefits and ability to retire at a very young age relative to the private sector. BTW, this is not me talking out of my @ss. I work for a school district, so I know how spoiled a lot of these folks are. And I live in Texas. Imagine how much more entitled they must feel in other bluer states.

Doughboy on February 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Any teacher who doesn’t show up to work should be fired.
There are many who are looking for teaching jobs.

For years the media has fed us private sector workers
a line of baloney – the teachers aren’t paid enough, etc. The administrators and teachers should be paid more so little Susie and Johnny will be better educated.

I would bet that the sum of monies from the high real estate taxes we pay going directly to the students’ education is disproportionate to administrative costs.
Does anyone have the numbers?

Education needs a total overhaul.

Amjean on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. The battle is joined. Onward.

Angry Dumbo on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

All they know is what their teachers told them — and that speaks to political indoctrination conducted in public schools by activist teachers, and the inability of parents and communities to weed out inappropriate politicking in classrooms.

They’re not even hiding it anymore, Ed. It is as it has always been. This system should be smashed.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

It’s all coming to a head this year. Unions have become the biggest cancer and threat to America; bigger than the threat of Islamic terrorism. We can’t sustain the cash flow to Unions any longer. This is going to get ugly, and it’s going to get violent.

Keemo on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Get rid of tenure, promote and pay better the exceptional teachers…fire the incompetent. Everyone wins. A union only hides the lowly and hinders the best.

search4truth on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Fire them all for incompetence.

John the Libertarian on February 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

It’s time to have a real life lesson on natural selection.

SouthernGent on February 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Using our children as props… That’s beyond the pale.

Keemo on February 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

They are acting like cornered animals my three year old daughter when I tell her she can’t have another tootsie roll, not people who can be trusted.

Mord on February 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM

To be more specific. :)

The sense of entitlement and import is astounding, similar to disgruntled preschoolers not getting their way. Stay strong, WI adults!

Bee on February 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM

First off, this is far less about teachers than it is about unionized non-teaching personnel. In Texas, non-teaching staffing has reached the same levels as teaching staff. Much of this is to cover unnecessary paperwork and nanny-state activities.

Just TEACH the darn kids! Leave the rest to the families, where it belongs!

michaelo on February 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Kevin calls his list “interesting.” I’d call it … instructional.

Mommy, guess what I learned at publik skoo today? I learnt how to conduct coordinated political targeting of elected officials!

::facepalm::

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Human shields.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

next up:

give me my full pension and benefits or Junior gets it in the neck.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

They shut the schools down for the children.

They raged for the CHILDREN.

Buh bye.

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Unions, welcome to the recession. There are a great many of us who can teach you on how to make a dollar stretch.

Electrongod on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Hey Schwarzenegger, take a look at Wisconsin. This is how a real governor acts, you coward.

Mark1971 on February 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

$

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

When that $40 million failed to rescue Democrats from their midterm debacle, it may well have been a nuke-the-fridge moment that brought a dawning realization of the political albatross that teachers unions have become.

leave it to Dems to spend millions on such an ‘investment.’

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Difference between words and actions… Did Christie ever do something like this except cut youtube clips?

promachus on February 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Jumped the shark … scalpeled the machete … Slurpee’d the ditch … whatever.

Love it!!

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

An illegal strike? Fire ‘em. Fire ‘em all. Teaching jobs are hard to come by. Fire ‘em and replace ‘em with some folks who can show a little gratitude and professionalism. Man would I ever love to see that.

I’ll second this… He should go full-on Reagan and declare that any teacher who participated in the wildcat strike is fired and barred from being rehired in Wisconsin.

teke184 on February 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM

This approach is long overdue!! The taxpayers need to send a message to ALL government employees about who is in charge…and nobody deserves a 2 x 4 between the eyes more than the Teachers Unions.

landlines on February 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

My spouse is a teacher and has a “promised” pension of 80% of highest year of salary starting at age 57, but the salary percentage will increase with each year that retirement is postponed. Sweet healthcare package too.

As cool as it would be to have that kind of money in “old age” there is no way that kind of pension should have been offered in the first place. It is unsustainable. Unless the teachers accept that now, there will be nothing at all in the future.

myrenovations on February 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Good on Christie for being the person to get this discussion moving.

blatantblue on February 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I live on the square in Madison. This is pissing me off. I’m sick of it. There were these cute kids being marched around with signs around their necks that said “I love my teacher”.

The article is right. We elected Walker because he promised to balance our budget. The unions lost and they can scream and moan all they want but this is going to happen. The budget passed the House yesterday and will pass the Senate.

sammypants on February 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

The teachers unions are screaming bloody murder because what he has essentially done is made Wisconsin a right-to- work state for public employees(excluding police and fire).

Awesome.

WisRich on February 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Fire them all.

darclon on February 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

They shut the schools down for the children.

They raged for the CHILDREN.

Buh bye.

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

This is driving me crazy. I have to listen to their stupid chants about attacking the Wisconsin family. Their outrageous benefit packages are attacking my family.

sammypants on February 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I work in an industry that expect 10% turnover of employees every year. If it doesn’t get to 10%, they try to push out enough to make it 10%. They figure that 10% of the workforce is always “below par” and need to be sent packing.

J_Crater on February 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

An illegal strike? Fire ‘em. Fire ‘em all. Teaching jobs are hard to come by. Fire ‘em and replace ‘em with some folks who can show a little gratitude and professionalism. Man would I ever love to see that.

Rational Thought on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Alright!!!

Just like Reagan did to the striking air traffic controllers. Yippee!

belad on February 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Go Scott go!

Enough is enough

cmsinaz on February 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Good on Christie for being the person to get this discussion moving.

blatantblue on February 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

No doubt about it.

Christie sparked a revolu-tion.

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I had to look “nuke the fridge” up.
…and now I’m glad I never watched the last Indiana Jones movie.

Count to 10 on February 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

his is driving me crazy. I have to listen to their stupid chants about attacking the Wisconsin family. Their outrageous benefit packages are attacking my family.

Move to Texas or something. No “stupid chants” in Texas, or so I hear.

Grow Fins on February 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

myrenovations on February 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

My husband also has a great retirement but to get there you had to have 30 years service to get the 80% at the age of 55 or take a 2% cut for every year. We have good health insurance but it is not cheap.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

The teachers unions are screaming bloody murder because what he has essentially done is made Wisconsin a right-to- work state for public employees(excluding police and fire).

Awesome.

WisRich on February 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Is trying to do.
Hope it works.
(He isn’t even trying to stop union negotiation for wages, right? Too bad.)

Count to 10 on February 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Indeed. He sparked it. Let’s say (for argument’s sake), that he ends up being a terrible governor. At least he served the purpose of putting this educational union INSANITY into the spotlight.

blatantblue on February 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Thirty years ago, the public saw teachers as underpaid and overworked professionals trying to prepare the next generation for leadership.

Hmmm…I’ve never thought of teachers as overworked. They get 2.5 months off during the nicest part of the year and big vacations during Christmas and Easter. I recall when I was in high school…my German teacher was complaining about having to teach every day for six hours. I responded, “Six hours each day? That’s almost full-time!”

BTW, I teach math at a college so I’ve seen first hand how pathetic teachers can be. The one nice thing about it though is that the MEA always sends me a nice mailer telling me all the awesome liberal candidates I should vote for.

Goldenavatar on February 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

No doubt about it.

Christie sparked a revolu-tion.

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Parallels with that self immolation guy in Tunisia?

Count to 10 on February 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

The public-sector union tantrums, meant to make lawmakers wobble, have an inadvertent message for the rest of us: Voters can vote all they want. We can elect a cheapskate governor and a Legislature to match. But come the moment, unions will have the last, loudest word.

This is a perfect example of why public sector unions are ANTI-DEMOCRATIC. Which is the type of language that needs to be used by public officials to fight them.

oddjob1138 on February 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Alberta Darling wasn’t moved by WEAC’s tactics…

The bill has passed the Joint Finance Committee and passed to the State Senate.

Keep on screamin’, you f**kin’ brats. You’re not going to get your way.

MadisonConservative on February 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM

BTW, I teach math at a college so I’ve seen first hand how pathetic teachers can be. The one nice thing about it though is that the MEA always sends me a nice mailer telling me all the awesome liberal candidates I should vote for.

Goldenavatar on February 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

At least it lets you know who to vote against.

Count to 10 on February 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Order them back to work tomorrow. Tell them how illegal this is. If they fail to meet the deadline, fire them.

/Reagan on ATC

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

When does the Organizer in Chief weigh in on this attack on teachers unions around the country? These are his people. Will he support the unions or the taxpayers?

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12292.html

President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers who ignored his order to return to work. The sweeping mass firing of federal employees slowed commercial air travel, but it did not cripple the system as the strikers had forecast.

Reagan branded the strike illegal. He threatened to fire any controller who failed to return to work within 48 hours. Federal judges levied fines of $1 million per day against the union.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM

How do teachers get away with taking students out of the school without permission? If the student left school on their own I think they would be in deep mess. Unless, of course, they were getting an abortion. Unemployed people should home school their kids, that would send a message.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Via drudge dear leader is siding with the unions

Shocka

cmsinaz on February 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Outlaw the NEA. NOW!

IlikedAUH2O on February 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

I almost feel sorry for the troll.

A Balrog of Morgoth on February 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I have a number of public school teachers in my family in Georgia, South Carolina and Georgia. Most are about to retire.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM

How do teachers get away with taking students out of the school without permission? If the student left school on their own I think they would be in deep mess. Unless, of course, they were getting an abortion. Unemployed people should home school their kids, that would send a message.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

They just say that they’re taking them to Planned Parenthood.

darwin-t on February 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Grow Fins on February 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Hey dude, if everyone except teachers move from Wisconsin to Texas….where do the teachers get paychecks from?

belad on February 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM

After WI passes this, they need to start work on a voter ID bill.

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I almost feel sorry for the troll.

A Balrog of Morgoth on February 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Who? Fins?

Count to 10 on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

If my child was taken out of class without my permission and led by the teachers hand to this protest and demonstration in WI, I would sue the individual teacher for child endangerment…

If an event like this gets out of control, kids are at physical risk, and the teachers would be at fault.

PatriotRider on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Two words for Governor Walker: FIRE THEM.

Lizzy on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

My sister-in-law is retiring this year, after learning that her wage penalty for retiring from the LAUSD is zero.

unclesmrgol on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

My husband also has a great retirement but to get there you had to have 30 years service to get the 80% at the age of 55 or take a 2% cut for every year. We have good health insurance but it is not cheap.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I think at the school district I work for, your total age and years of service have to equal 80 or more. At that point you’re eligible to retire and collect a pension. The amount depends on the number of years worked and the average of your 5 highest annual salaries, but bottom line is unless I’m reading it wrong, TRS(the Teacher Retirement System) here in Texas would allow me to retire at age 54. That’s insane.

BTW, if I do stay here that long, I will NOT be retiring at 54. First, because the wife will kill me. Secondly, because that seems like outright theft from the rest of the taxpayers. And third, because I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

Doughboy on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

It is time to do away with the Federal Department of Education. Education should be solely a local, state issue.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Why do these teachers care more about their money than they do about teaching children?

Weight of Glory on February 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

After WI passes this, they need to start work on a voter ID bill.

artist on February 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Don’t worry. It’s in the bank as well as conceal carry. Conservatives have been liberated in Wisconsin!

WisRich on February 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Order them back to work tomorrow. Tell them how illegal this is. If they fail to meet the deadline, fire them.

/Reagan on ATC

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Yep. Fire the no-shows. It’s building up to a big showdown, and if the governor blinks, he’s going to lose the whole thing. If he prevails, this will happen in dozens of state almost immediately. There’s no reason any government employees should be able to collude with one another for the purpose of ripping us off. Outlawing the teachers unions will be a great start.

forest on February 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM

PBHO may have also ‘jumped the shark’ by have such a strong backing for “unions”.

It is becoming more apparent each time he throws his support behind unions that he’s engaging in political payback and cronyism.

belad on February 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM

As a resident of Minnesota who heart is always in his home state this is a sad reflection on the Badger State. I have seen friends, good friends post angry rhetoric that they have been fed by the unions. I don’t see why these unions are a golden calf for liberals.

I love Wisconsin. A vastly beautiful state that is underrated for its splendor, wonderful people who are friend and will help you out, not to mention the Super Bowl XLV Championship Packers who are the best franchise in professional sports. I live in the closet politically and have seen several dozen anti-Walker postings. Some of them are mad about what he is doing and I can partially understand why they feel that way. But the hate in some of my Facebook friends are unbelievable. Calling him a do*chebag, comparing to Mubarek, Hitler, Mussolini, etc.

My only solace is that they are reacting this way because they see the writing on the wall. Wisconsin, like many states, IS BROKE. They don’t have the money. Governor Scott Walker appears to be sticking to his guns and that makes me immensely proud of Wisconsin.

closetgop on February 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM

In Oswego, NY the student population is falling year after year while the school board hires more and more teachers. Not only that but more class rooms were added at the high school. The spending is completely out of control too. Here too the graduation rate is very poor. I think it’s 67%.

mixplix on February 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM

How do teachers get away with taking students out of the school without permission? If the student left school on their own I think they would be in deep mess. Unless, of course, they were getting an abortion. Unemployed people should home school their kids, that would send a message.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

They indoctrinate this stuff into them every day, this was merely a culminating event of their training. They see strength in numbers, hence they decry homeschooling because it limits their power and control over you, your kids, and our government. These unions are merely doing what unions do. They should be beaten, scattered and imprisoned for this.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Thanks for reporting on this by the way. Governor Walker might not be as dynamic as Christie but he is trying to do the right thing.

closetgop on February 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Why do these teachers care more about their money than they do about teaching children?

Weight of Glory on February 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Because ‘teaching children’ is merely the avenue they walk in order to arrive at the final destination of ‘their money.’ There is no one, NO ONE, who cares about your children like you do. Nevermind what the bouncy 23 yr old first grade teacher tells you on parent teacher day…it’s a farce.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Hilarious Headline for WaPo’s Harold Meyerson column:

Workers toppled a dictator in Egypt, but might be silenced in Wisconsin

Believe it or not, it pretty well encapsulates his column.

Drained Brain on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Here’s BHO’s statement on the Wisconsin union…right on cue.

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Anyone who can afford it should pull their children out of that brainwashing factory called “public education.”

VBMax on February 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Who? Fins?

Count to 10 on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Yeah. Poor bastard. Can you imagine going to Daily Kos every day and posting?

A Balrog of Morgoth on February 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM

“Teacher . . . leave them kids alone!”

More teaching and less indoctrination please.

The unions are proving Gov. Walker is right.

WannabeAnglican on February 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Hilarious Headline for WaPo’s Harold Meyerson column:

Workers toppled a dictator in Egypt, but might be silenced in Wisconsin

Believe it or not, it pretty well encapsulates his column.

Drained Brain on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

That guy reminds me of some of the commie professors I had back in college. He actually argues that the economy is stagnant because there isn’t enough unionization in the private sector. Good grief.

forest on February 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Exactly the kind of thugish behaviour you would expect from the union. I hope the other unions don’t fall in line like they usually do.

fourdeucer on February 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Not me…I hope they do and I hope they get national coverage on every MSM outlet. The more the union thugs get exposure the more the truth about them as greedy thugs shines through.

Go for it unions! Maybe you will finally get shoved on the trash heap of history.

belad on February 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Dem/lib teachers and unions using kids to further their agenda, imagine that.

Kissmygrits on February 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I guess that’s why my wife and I home school.

Weight of Glory on February 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Here’s BHO’s statement on the Wisconsin union…right on cue.

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” President Obama

You’re damn right. That’s the whole point. In fact, I don’t want it to be harder for them to collectively bargain (aka collude), I want it to be illegal, just like collusion is illegal for businesses.

forest on February 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I guess that’s why my wife and I home school.

Weight of Glory on February 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Same here!

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Workers toppled a dictator in Egypt, but might be silenced in Wisconsin

Believe it or not, it pretty well encapsulates his column.

Drained Brain on February 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

he called his governor a ‘cheesehead pharoah’…? crikes.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I’d like to see the first step, being fired.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I love it! Gov Walker’s firing back on Twitter, of all things:

Protesters have right 2 b heard. But their voices should not drown out WI taxpayers who know r plan is reasonable

tree hugging sister on February 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Doughboy on February 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I know what you mean. I am currently unemployed and although I am a bit older than you and it’s freeing. I’m not crazy about it, especially since I won’t take the “extended” unemployment from the Feds. I like to shop.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I love it! Gov Walker’s firing back on Twitter, of all things:

Protesters have right 2 b heard. But their voices should not drown out WI taxpayers who know r plan is reasonable

tree hugging sister on February 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

good on him!

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

matt drudge is now headlining this. I’m sure that Francis Fox Piven must be proud.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Go Wisconsin! Although never stated, Oregon is right behind you. Our ridiculous bankrupting benefit program is called PERS.
Somehow these elephants in the room have to be discussed and if it takes these unions throwing a temper tantrum, so be it. You can’t give in. There is no money.
Anywhere. Not even in debt not debt Washington DC.

ORconservative on February 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

In Wisconsin, about 1,000 teachers called in sick Wednesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to strip their union bargaining rights.

Fire them. That’s nothing less than defrauding taxpayers, same as any other thief.

MNHawk on February 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Fire the whole lot of them and replace them with non-union teachers who actually care about teaching!

pilamaye on February 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

SAVE OUR CHOOODWEN!

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Teachers unions dropped $40 million on the midterm election, which Democrats desperately needed — and which did them almost no good in the end anyway.

If I were a teacher paying dues, I’d wonder why the union has $40 million to piss away on political campaigns.

John Deaux on February 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

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