Why Scott Walker Can’t Quit

I posted this quite awhile ago – it’s a simple graphic depicting the power public-employee unions have over all our lives (unlike unions in the private sector). I think it demonstrates succinctly why Scott Walker must win in Wisconsin.

The Problem

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7 Responses to Why Scott Walker Can’t Quit

  1. Justin says:

    It really boggles my mind to see teachers protest so much. We’re all running deficits, and Wisconsin’s seems particularly accute because of the higher salaries they pay their educators.

    Wisconsin did not have even one high school in the top 20 nationally ranked high schools, according to a recent Newsweek article. Texas has five, as well as the number 1 spot, despite paying its teachers $5,000 less on average, and despite a large influx of students to Texas that don’t really care about speaking English.

    It shows. The dumbing down of our educational system seems to correlate with teachers that demand the state run a deficit so that they can continue to hold jobs with above-market compensation packages and the ability to retire after 20 years of service with full pension – while at the same time kids with teaching certificates cannot find teaching jobs.

    They probably had the same football coach teaching their civics and economics classes in high school, and then weren’t required to take these courses in college.

  2. jackhudson says:

    Have you seen Waiting for Superman yet Justin? Saw it this weekend – I am becoming increasingly convinced the best thing we can do for American education is break the grip teacher’s unions have on our schools.

  3. Justin says:

    I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my list.

    We have to face the facts – even if teachers unions did not significantly impact teaching salaries, they still agressively protect incompetence, which is bad enough. But in reality, they do both, compounding the problem.

  4. Nate says:

    Come on guys! It’s all about the children!

    The average salary for a teacher in Wisconson is only 46,390 dollars a year! http://teacherportal.com/salary/Wisconsin-teacher-salary

    Lets forget that the average wage in the US is somewhere around 32,000. That includes all of the inflated public sector wages too so I don’t know how accurate a representation it is.

    But its all about the children! There is a direct correlation between teacher pay and student performance! wait.. no there isn’t… disregard.

  5. Justin says:

    Ha, yes, it’s all about the children! Keep them dumb and one day they, too, will want to be in a union!

  6. Justin says:

    You know, this issue is still building steam, with Michael Moore throwing his weight (as it were) around here recently, arguing that Scott has awakened a sleeping giant.

    I find this hillarious. The premise behind unions is that they can collectively negotiate with their employers.

    In the case of state employees, the employer is the taxpayer. The taxpayers’ ONLY form of negotiation is by electing people to office who do negotiate on their behalf.

    In Wisconsin, the people clearly voted for someone who would negotiate a little more firmly with the unions. Subverting this process isn’t negotiating, it’s childish and immature. To say that the system only works when unions get their way is about as childish as it gets.

  7. Nate says:

    I hear through the grape vine that the prodigal sons (and daughters) may be returning soon.

    I’ll wager before Friday. You never do anything big on a Friday or weekend news bumps it out quickly. My guess is Wednesday, but I want some wiggle room.

    Take a look at this too, I’m sure no one has heard of it. Why? Well the offender is protected :)
    http://congressshallmakenolaw.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/civility-please/

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