I’m personally offended over Wisconsin’s union protests. For one, I was raised in Wisconsin, have fond memories of the state, and don’t appreciate the negative press they’ve received. But my anger runs more mainstream than that.
I’m a small business owner and a teacher. I contract coaches from across the country to train academic debaters. I publish books that pay royalties. Many of our coaches take vacation in order to coach at our camps. Though I’m the boss, we’re a solid team that pulls together for the kids.
The 25,000 Wisconsin teachers would have my support, perhaps, if they rallied for higher educational standards. But for benefits? Six-figure incomes for classroom teachers? This is what motivates them to rebel against their school district and their families and ultimately the children they teach?
That’s revealing. These teachers aren’t part of the same team as my coaches. They feel entitled to benefits packages. Sorry, I never felt that way when I was a teacher, and I believe teachers who do should be let go.
I suppose it is the same tantrum that runs in the blood of the democrat congressmen who, when the vote showed they were going to lose, protested by running to hide from their constitutional responsibility to serve the people of Wisconsin. What a spit in the face of democracy.
Americans are hard working and smart, and Wisconsin is full of good people who gag at this kind of petty, childish leadership. This is why they voted in a conservative Governor and statesmen to try to clean up the state’s reckless spending. They’ve got my vote of confidence, and I hope the next voting cycle kicks out the others that ran.