I received this message from SPARTY this morning-
Has news of the situation in Wisconsin reached paradise yet? A very angry L.N. called last night and left a message on our answering machine - we were in Lansing till late. I googled the Wisconsin State Journal this morning to see what has pissed her off so and discovered among other things that the 2600-strong teachers' union closed the Madison schools today with a blue flu. This follows a crowd of 12,000 packing the the capitol grounds yesterday. When you get a chance see what this Republican governor is up to - this is the same guy who refused the federal bullet-train money.
Here was my answer: (Other Birchies are welcome to chime in.)
My sis called me last night to talk about the Wisconsin thing. She wants to head for Madison today but is no longer able to drive that far and so wants one of the local unions to send a bus. After her call, I watched MSNBC for a couple of hours and got caught up in it. I cannot believe that all this is happening. It ruins my concept of the America I once knew.
While we're clamoring for better teachers and improved education, we want to slash the school budgets, lay off teachers, cut off their bargaining rights, cut their pensions and benefits, and blame them for all the ills of the system. What a load of shit this all is.
Yesterday, Governor Boychild of Florida turned down the fast train offer from Washington.