In Wisconsin, the future of public education is now.

Union teachers, so ever concerned with their students getting a full-day’s worth of valuable study time, have been taking their students on class time to protest the Wisconsin governor’s plan to eliminate collective bargaining for public employees.

How bad are these teachers? They didn’t even bother to teach their students what was going on:

Yesterday, Madison schools were closed because of a district-wide “sick out” among teachers. Yes, the education union cares that much about kids’ education.

Obama of course said that what’s going on in Wisconsin is an “assault on unions.” Now that would be a rare turning of the tables.

Naturally, the Hitler imagery and death threats are flowing like melted Wisconsin cheddar as well.

Update: Where there are massive union protests, there will be people handing out socialist propaganda:

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Update II: Anti-capitalist capitalist Michael Moore weighs in (can he do it any other way?)

Update III: So I guess that “new tone” thing is over, eh? On the left it never started:

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Update IV: Courageous Wisconsin Democrat politicians are on display today. At least they would be if anybody could find them:

MADISON, Wis. – Police officers were dispatched Thursday to find Wisconsin state lawmakers who had apparently boycotted a vote on a sweeping bill that would strip most government workers of their collective bargaining rights.

The lawmakers, all Democrats in the state Senate, did not show up when they were ordered to attend a midday vote on the legislation.

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24 Responses to “Great Moments in Public Education, Part XXXIV: ‘Our Teachers Brought Us Here to Protest Some Dude’; Updated

  1. nannykins on February 17th, 2011 1:37 pm

    Ah yes – it's for the CHIIIIILLLLLDDDDRRRREEEENNNN – snort, snort.

  2. nannykins on February 17th, 2011 1:39 pm

    By the way Doug – Michigan's version of "All My Children" school union soap opera is supposed to take place at 11 am here in Lansing at the Capitol. Oh the humanity!!! No doubt they will be dragging their students downtown for some edumancation.

  3. Doug on February 17th, 2011 1:45 pm

    I might have to run down there if I can…. I'm just a couple miles away right now!

  4. backwoods on February 17th, 2011 2:08 pm

    Obviously, the education system needs more money thrown at it.

    /sarc

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  6. Marshall_Will on February 17th, 2011 2:35 pm

    "Update:"

    "Tax Corporations and the Rich" ( Their last refuge ) I've seen that echoed in numerous venues over the last several days. Rather than confront the inevitable ugly and sober reality of state-level insolvency it's "We-re in this fix because corp's and fat cats are scamming the system!"

    When these clowns say "the Rich" ( do they mean like school administrators that make $350,000 a year? ) Just… wondering.

  7. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 2:56 pm

    After GWB`s "Tax Breaks for the Rich", the left identified who they think the rich are – EVERYONE WHO FILED A TAX RETURN !!

  8. Clu Seatoe on February 17th, 2011 3:05 pm

    Tax break for the rich?

    Read it and weep! Try not to punch the screen.
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/03/26/13370

    It may be a corp but when you go high enough up the food chain….

  9. Marshall_Will on February 17th, 2011 3:22 pm

    Clu,

    Right, for you & me we get a grand total of $3k "carryback". A number for those of us Plenty Small Enough To Fail that hasn't been adjusted since the 1970's!

    Like are you kidding? In the wake of the dot.com bust many of us lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in our non-qulaified/taxable accounts. So let's see… at 3 grand-a-year… I'll have this off my books in..? Wait! ( I'll be DEAD by then? )

    Yeah, no equity in that situation at all. I've been on a soapbox about it since 2001. Wish me luck.

  10. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 3:37 pm

    Other than "scale", did BoA or WF do anything you couldn`t in a similar "costs / losses exceeded income" situation ?

    The Fair Tax would eliminate all that, wouldn`t it ?

  11. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 3:40 pm

    Good luck !! ;-)

  12. Marshall_Will on February 17th, 2011 3:57 pm

    SPG,

    The Bubble Bloggers would have given anything to be a fly on the wall when those deals were being cut! Wachovia ( and I had a number of friends that worked there, your neck of the woods ) was in real trouble. Subprime OTA.

    In ways, it was a shotgun wedding. BofA stopped doing Subprime in 2001. So they got the assets, real estate ( what of the workforce they 'wanted' ) and a pretty sweet tax deal. It's good to be the King.

  13. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 4:12 pm

    "It`s good to be King." Indeed…

    Wachovia was good to me; financed a m/c and a car thru them…..

    I know it isn`t the end-all, fix-all, but the Fair Tax sounds sooooo much simpler and FAIR for all than the progressive income tax system; plus, it would get the nosey feds out`a your biz ! I like that last part !

  14. Marshall_Will on February 17th, 2011 4:29 pm

    SPG,

    As the CPA-lobby wanes.., I suppose anything is possible? They've been a major stumbling block for decades. Their basic premise is that "Any tax system that doesn't at the very least take into account deductions is fundamentally flawed".

    Roll out the breast pumps please! Doug and MM have the proper context here, we've got to stop manipulating the tax code, effectively "picking winners and losers".

  15. nannykins on February 17th, 2011 5:31 pm

    LSJ has photos and I have one question? All these state employee unions and teachers unions are parading around wearing t-shirts proclaiming their allegance to their unions. When are they going to start wearing a t-shirt that shows their employers name on it? As the taxpayers who foot the bill for their wages and benefits you would think they would be greatful to us. Instead they spit in our face. Well I have had enough. I wish the governor of Wisconsin would proclaim school open on Friday and if the teachers don't show up they are FIRED!!!

  16. nannykins on February 17th, 2011 5:38 pm

    It appears that is what happened here in Michigan today. The gov is proposing elimination of the State EIC and everyone pays 4.25% income tax regardless of income. And everyone is going to pay income tax on pensions – public and private. Michigan was one of only three states that exempted pension income from taxes.

  17. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 7:51 pm

    Ditto !! Fire`m like Reagan did the air traffic controllers !

  18. Marshall_Will on February 17th, 2011 8:23 pm

    Wow, the stuff you don't learn while blogging huh? Uh… that's pretty earth shattering stuff. Doubly so for Peggy the Moocher and all her friends that worked off the assumption they'd never be affected.

    Oh and don't forget all the retirees that figured they were so sheltered they could get creative in their voting as well? We're ALL Bozo's on 'this' bus! Welcome aboard. Thanks for the heads up.

    My buddy at the Guard Unit ( native Michigander intent on retiring back home just might want to think this over? )

  19. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 9:00 pm

    Re: the dems who left the state to avoid having to vote on the governor`s bill – I heard some dems left Texas once in a similar move…..Does anyone know what happened to the Texas dems once they returned ?? Just curious….can the WI dems be recalled (fired) ?

  20. Nanny on February 17th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Well we all have to "share" in the pain, however, the pain I would gladly share in is if our gov enacted legislation like Wisconsin's gov did to the unions there. Let's just hope the Wis. gov and republicans there hold the line. It will filter to other states. Stand strong Wisconsin!!!

  21. Nanny on February 17th, 2011 9:15 pm

    Just read over at Brietbart that the Wisconsin Democrats fled to a luxury resort in Northern Illinois. It is also being reported that Zero's "Organizing For America" group is who funded the bus loads of union activists now in Madison.

    Illinois and Wisconsin Tea Party Groups are mobilizing as we speak to head to the Illinois resort where the demorats are hiding out. Love It!!!

  22. Marshall_Will on February 17th, 2011 10:45 pm

    Nanny,

    Just moments ago I saw that on Gateway Pundit and ( assuming it's true? ) am absolutely delighted!

    But perhaps not for the reasons most would think. Remember all summer and certainly after the mid-terms, wishful thinking Leftists were only too happy to describe the Tea Party as a "one hit wonder" blah, blah?

    I didn't see it that way at all. I view them more as the Minute Men. An on-call Militia that has a meek and mild existence… until called to ARMS! We don't NEED "full time staffers" and legions of yes men. We see wrong, we right it. Pretty simple really, and this proves it!

  23. SignPainterGuy on February 17th, 2011 11:27 pm

    Capable of "multi-tasking" ! Always peaceful !

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