SACRIFICING TEACHERS AND FIREFIGHTERS TO WALL STREET GREED

America owes a debt of gratitude to such insightful Republican governors as Walker of Wisconsin, Kasich of Ohio, Snyder of Michigan, and Christie of New Jersey.
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SACRIFICING TEACHERS AND FIREFIGHTERS TO WALL STREET GREED
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America owes a debt of gratitude to such insightful Republican governors as Walker of Wisconsin, Kasich of Ohio, Snyder of Michigan, and Christie of New Jersey.

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Were it not for them, many Americans – myself included – would still be thinking that today’s state budget messes are mainly the product of a national economic crash caused by the reckless greed of Wall Street banksters and rich speculators, as well as the abject failure by political leaders to tax their super-wealthy campaign contributors in order to meet the growing needs in education and other essentials. Luckily, the GOP guvs have set the record straight by explaining that the budget woes are the fault of teachers who have health coverage and firefighters who get pensions.

You see, it’s these greedy public employees, pulling down $30,000 to $50,000 a year, who’re sapping the economy and draining government treasuries – NOT billionaire casino dealers in Wall Street hedge funds who pay far lower tax rates than a firefighter and contribute far less to our nation than a teacher. It has literally incredible been to hear these learned governors lecture us that fixing state budgets is simple: deregulate corporate power, cut taxes on the superrich (again), fire tens of thousands of middle-class public employees, eliminate state programs even as the need for them rises, and – just to boost the morale of teachers, firefighters, and others – take away their democratic right to bargain collectively for workplace fairness.

Unfortunately for the governors, the public still doesn’t get it. By overwhelming margins, the people oppose these gubernatorial assaults on workers, worker rights, and America’s middle-class dream. The governors can flim and flam, deceive and deflect, but they should remember that two and things not long for this world, are dogs that chase cars and politicians who lie to the people.

“Letter to the editor by Robin S. of Austin,” Austin American Statesman, March 6, 2011.

“Putting Teacher in the Firing Line,” The New York Times,” March 8, 2011.

“Battling the bastards is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.”

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