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Re: Enough Already
July 15, 2011 | 12:59 PM

I DON'T think you were directly referring to this teacher. That's why I said I was giving you the benefit of the doubt. And I would understand (and agree with) your point about hypocrisy if I had ever said anything at all about George Soros in my original post. YOU brought up George Soros and I agreed that he should be treated no better or worse than the Koch Bros. I think you're trying to set me up as some Olbermann-watching straw man and I'm sure you'll understand if I ask you to keep the debate more honest than that. An honest debate would entail admitting what the vast majority of economists know, which is that we need to cut spending AND raise revenue. Now if the spending cuts involve paying a bit more into healthcare and pensions, fine. The public workers of WI agreed to that rather quickly. But to use them as scapegoats for the State's problems and to classify the stripping of their collective bargaining rights as simply "tough choices" is quite a stretch. The union-busting, specifically, is a clear and obvious political power grab and it does nothing for WI except damage an excellent educational system. Speaking of budgets, my Dad used to quote to me, "Don't TELL me what you value. Show me your budget." I can't think of any clearer example of absurd priorities (and I'm not referring to YOUR priorities, personally) than protecting tax cuts for billionaires while blathering on and on about how someone making between 30 or 40 grand needs to "sacrifice." Dan is right. This teacher deserves to retire on a livable income and decent healthcare. Maybe those in the private sector (myself included) should be demanding our own decent treatment rather than trying to make everyone else's situation as crappy as ours.

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