February 18, 2011
The events in Wisconsin in recent days, should be bringing out the common sense gene in all of us. The frivolous spending of government entities is a known fact to us quite well in the private sector. Public money is thrown at education year after year, with the purposed exploitation of students. Heartstrings tugged, cries of “DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN” echo through meetings and are printed on yard signs. Quite often, that money is squandered on union demands and administrative waste. Do a quick mental evaluation of your district. Have the mill levies you’ve voted for, or voted to extend; new education specific taxation or newly acquired, overpriced superintendents, improved your districts’ test scores?
We’ve all witnessed friend after friend, family member after family member, and even ourselves perhaps, not only lose benefits provided through our employment, but sometimes, lose their actual job. How many of you have lost substantial amounts on your 401k? How many of you have had to borrow money against your 401k because your spouse lost their job, and bills need to be paid? How many of you even have an employment provided benefits plan, period? Additionally, many public sector employees do not pay the 7.65% Social Security/Medicare tax the rest of us do. So they come home with mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money.
The teachers’ golden child, Barack Obama, stated himself that we would all have to make sacrifices during these tough times. Well Wisconsin? Congratulations, you’re now making the sacrifices that some of us have been doing for quite some time. You are not special, you are not unique. You have not made great sacrifices in your personal life because you CHOSE to become an educator. Assuming that your job, and your benefits package, is more valuable than your next door neighbor, who perhaps is employed as a butcher, or a garbage man, or a whatever; is quite presumptuous of you. We all have our lots in life, we all make choices that have placed us in the very chair that we are currently sitting in. Is education valuable? Absolutely. But so is the garbage that’s picked up from your curb each week.
Get over yourself!
Oh, and Wisconsin legislators that skipped town? Where I’m from we call individuals such as yourselves, cowards. You were elected to take a stance, and make it known. The pay you receive from the Wisconsin taxpayers needs to be immediately halted until you decide to 1) Do what you were elected to do. And 2) You decide to act like adults.