I have to say a word about what's going on here in Madison, WI. Its not Egypt, but we are on the national news (CNN) today because the public school teachers are striking all over southern Wisconsin. There is also a rally in the State Capitol full of people. The reason for this behavior is because our new Governor Scott Walker is threatening to pass his "budget repair bill" that will take away collective bargaining rights, in other words eliminate unions. So the state workers are rallying and the public school teachers are on strike. CNN claimed that the teachers here are taking paid sick days for this strike, but that is untrue! I am living here in the middle of it, both my parents work for the state, and the school system is demanding that teachers report, and if they don't they do not get paid.It makes me so angry that CNN in lying.
- If this bill passes the state will be paying significantly less for health insurance and retirement, so that money will be coming out of state workers salary.
- We will lose our ability to fight this because Walker will eliminate unions by taking away the right of state employees to collectively bargain.
- In the Capitol, Walker is refusing to budge, and the legislature is supposed to be voting on the bill today but (thankfully) the democrats have refused to show up. So as long as one democrat does not show, they cannot vote on this bill. No one is budging.
- In the papers, you can see that most the protesters are willing to give up some of their benefits to help the state's budget, but they feel that cutting their collective bargaining rights is going to far. I agree.
If you agree, I would appreciate you sharing this post with others who might agree! I usually am not very politically motivated, but the fact that this is happening right in my own city and the media is lying about it, just makes me want to get the truth out!!
This is our Capitol right now:
Here is a link with more info:
**I don't claim to be an expert on politics, or to know what the solution to our problems are, I just have a strong belief that people deserve to know the truth and everyone should be treated fairly!!**