There are lots of children in Wisconsin schools, but they’re not sitting in desks. They are called “teachers” when they’re doing their job and not abusing sick leave to throw a temper tantrum at the capitol (I say “teachers” in quotes because I refuse to dishonor real teachers.) These union thugs have proven, as if anyone still doubted it, the disdain that they have for the taxpayers who pay their worthless asses. They all should be fired.
The left has come unglued. Forgetting that public sector employees work for the taxpayers (and not the other way around), unions descended upon the Capitol in protest.
Among the loudest protesters were the teacher unions. Angry that the governor was not treating them as professionals, some teachers unions staged a “sickout,” causing schools to cancel classes due to insufficient staff levels. (Talk about a mixed message.)
Better still, some teachers dragged students to the Capitol as political props. Video released by the MacIver Institute shows students marching through the streets, carrying signs and protesting. Only one problem: the kids don’t have the slightest clue why they’re there. In the video, one student says, “We’re trying to stop whatever this dude (meaning Gov. Walker) is doing.”
But the depth of the students’ cluelessness was matched only by the nastiness of their teachers. Some union members were also seen holding signs that read, “Death to Tyrants.” Other messages included, “Hosni Walker,” “Hitler Outlawed Unions, Too,” and “Walker puts the dic in dictator.” Stay classy, government school teachers!
One protestor had sign that read, “I am not replaceable. I am professional.” Really? Do professionals disrupt the learning process to engage in silly political theatrics? Do professionals use students as political pawns to help secure hefty retirement and benefit packages for themselves?
Perhaps the teacher unions would have more credibility if taxpayers ever saw the unions’ expend this much passion and energy over the drop-out rate and the travesty of seeing high school graduates who cannot read their diplomas. Remember teachers, actions still speak louder than words.
Now that the unions are fighting for their very existence, they are open to discussing education reforms and spending concessions. But the unions should have cooperated long ago, before states such as Wisconsin started careening toward insolvency.
The unions and the other special interest groups are reaping what they have sown. They’ve called the shots for so long, that they’ve made harsh budget decisions a necessity. But instead of seeking constructive solutions, they are back to spewing anger, hate and vitriol.
Soon, that may be all that remains of the American left.
Also recommended is this piece at Powerline. Don’t miss the links to Jay Nordlinger’s excellent commentary on this ridiculous situation.