House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came out strongly in support of Wisconsin teachers and students who are protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to public employees of collective bargaining rights.Jesse Jackson also supports the protesters, as does Obama. The Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature have fled the scene in their version of a show of support for the protesters.
Pelosi told reporters Friday that the protests are “an extraordinary show of democracy in action.”
“Wisconsin's workers, teachers and public servants must have a seat at the table to fight for a safe workplace,” she said. “I stand in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers fighting for their rights, especially for all the students and young people leading the charge.”
Ahem. The average annual compensation for a teacher in the Milwaukee Public School System is over $100,000 (videos from MacIver Institute):
Taxpayers' dollars, of course, fund the salaries of these public employees.
Many of these taxpayers are already overburdened, and the state's budgets as well as local budgets are in free fall.
Furthermore, taxpayers funding the salaries of public employees lack jobs that offer the level of benefits that public employees enjoy.
The situation is fiscally unsustainable.
One can hardly say that Milwaukee's schools are successful and that the teachers are earning their compensation:
Hardly a success story with regard to educating students!
Milwaukee Public Schools were closed on Friday:
The state's largest school district has joined those that have canceled classes due to teacher shortages caused by union protests at the state Capitol.How much do these protests cropping up in the Midwest matter to the rest of America? From this source:
Officials say more than 600 of the 5,400 teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools called in sick Friday to attend the protests over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.
...In a time when large and tense demonstrations have become increasingly rare in America, the Wisconsin protests could provide an Egypt-like moment, says Norman Ornstein, a fellow at the nonpartisan American Enterprise Institute in Washington.Read the rest HERE.
"If there's a big tea party demonstration in Madison, we may see a direct clash, just as we had in the streets of Cairo," he says.
One protester's sign at the capitol said, "Impeach Scott Mubarak" – a direct reference to protests that led Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign last week....
...On his radio show Thursday, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck called the Wisconsin union protests "the beginning of the American insurrection."
Also see THIS by Reliapundit of THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS.
Are we truly seeing such an insurrection coming to America?
I don't know about you, but I never thought I'd see the day that we'd see such protests here in the United States, particularly in the Midwest. Of all places!
Please make time to check out this must-read post by Epaminondas of Infidel Bloggers Alliance. As Epa points out:
...If the government cannot [abide] by the vote of majorities of citizens in the state control it’s own financial health, then the survival of a democracy or republic is in fact in control of the most ruthless, critically situated, or powerful grouping.Read it all.
If the unions WIN over the citizens voting in a govt specifically to change this situation, the citizens are not in control. Vocal minorities who can stage a TV event, and intimidate are in control....
Your thoughts as to what's transpiring now in the Midwest?
Video added on February 21, 2011, with thanks to Bunkerville: