Greetings from the front in Wisconistan, the name adopted by tens of thousands of protestors who have converged on the state capitol building in Mad City in the wake of the new governor's plan to slash salaries and benefits of public servants statewide ~ including teachers.
I won't get into the budget details except to say that Wisconsin is in the same shape as most of its 49 bretheren. Not enough cash coming in, too much going out. You may have heard that the federal government's coffers are about bled dry, too.
They were walking down State Street, on their way to the Capitol, when they encountered a tea party type. She leered (according to eyewitness accounts) at the sign above.
"She can be replaced, you know," sneered the tea partier.
"By whom," my eldest countered. "You?"
The budget crisis is real, I'm sure. But why start with the teachers? The governor says he'll call out the National Guard to do the jobs of those who walk off the job in protest. I may be biased, but I'd like to see one of those camo-clad warriors in Room 215.
"Well, your classes wouldn't have any discipline problems, that's for sure," opined one of my cherubs, who hails from an Army family. "And we'd all be really, really organized."
But would the kids learn anything? Only, I suppose, that the governor has tried to balance the budget on the backs of those who, for a lack of a better cliché, might figure in shaping their futures.