The above link is to a news article relating that the state of Wisconsin is voting on de-linking the state from the collective bargaining agreement with state employees and teachers. The law passed the legistlative committee and was expected to pass in the state house quickly. Apparently, during the entire decision process thousands of teachers and state employees packed the state house and surrounding capitol to protest this decision. It seems the state is asking state employees to boost their contributions to their medical program form .02 (read free) to 5 percent of the costs and to pay 12 percent toward their retirement fund. State employees, accustomed to a plush ride on the taxpayer gravy train, are balking.
For anyone who has studied the progressive movement in the U.S. this development is stunning. Wisconsin was the very heart of the socialist movement fifty years ago with Robert LaFollette leading the charge for the union cause. What caused such a stunning turnabout in, historically, a relatively short time?
Well, it seems the taxpayers in Wisconsin, and everywhere else in America, have finally decided that they've had enough of throwing billions of their precious taxpayer dollars for teachers that are inept and ineffective, spoiled and overpaid. Taxpayers are tired of suffering of their own family budget constraints while seeing unionized state employees earning three times what the private sector earns. The costs of maintaining huge federal and state bureaucracies is staggering and has bankrupted the states. California is laboring under perennial $25 billion dollar annual deficits and the same burden is being carried by New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin and two dozen other states. The home state of our President, Illinois, is also suffering from crippling state employment costs but they apparently have enough socialists in the statehouse since they were able to impose a 75% INCREASE IN THE STATE INCOME TAX!