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Will the US Revolution Begin in Wisconsin?

Teachers cancel school, state capitol building mobbed, media silent ... the people's uprising jumps from Cairo to Madison.

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Anonymous

Wow, where is that that teachers make $80,000. I worked as a counselor with a master's degree and 90 graduate credits beyond that for 20 years and the last year I made 45,000. I started at 20,000. Wish I had worked for that school district! When we start letting government take away people's rights to negotiate, you will soon finding you have not rights either. This has happened throughout history. If you think that government should dictate everything--welcome to Communism, my friend!

Anonymous

Wow, where is that that teachers make $80,000. I worked as a counselor with a master's degree and 90 graduate credits beyond that for 20 years and the last year I made 45,000. I started at 20,000. Wish I had worked for that school district! When we start letting government take away people's rights to negotiate, you will soon finding you have not rights either. This has happened throughout history. If you think that government should dictate everything--welcome to Communism, my friend!

Anonymous

Yes those poor teachers who facilitate the indoctrination of our kids with the garbage the very smart people feed them.

Anonymous

Yes those poor teachers who facilitate the indoctrination of our kids with the garbage the very smart people feed them.

Anonymous

Why is everyone making this protest about something it's not? Yes, there is the issue of higher wages. But doesn't everyone want higher wages? Streets, schools, factories, offices and hospitals are buzzing with dissatisfaction. Everyone is tired of the rich feeding from the slaves labour. We all want an equalization where the earth and its pleasures are available to everyone. Why pick on the teachers because they are standing up and doing what no one else is doing? They are fighting when no else will. I'm thinking their action should be commended. Isn't that what Egypt has taught us?

These teachers, their students, and all those who support them believe in non-violently fighting for the right to speak, to have a voice in a world that is growing increasingly complex. It is about defending one's right to think and freedom to make choices. These teachers are people - like so many other people around the world - who want safety, clean air and water, food, and adequate shelter. They believe that one person should not dictate to others while greedily reaping the profits of their labour.

I am a teacher. I spend each day fighting to make young people believe not just that they can think but how to think for themselves. The public system is a mess. Opportunities for real change are blocked by government policies and unions. Departments - administration, teachers, education assistants, etc - create hierarchies of power rather than spend energy collaborating on real solutions. Can anyone appreciate the value that any teacher - or government employee - has in keeping the public informed of how the government wants its public managed? I'm thinking government policies that prevent its employees from having a voice is a bad thing. I'm thinking that's a bigger concern we should all be discussing.

I agree with those of you who point out that there is a difference in the living conditions of 'us' and 'those' in Egypt. I'm willing to bypass that, though, and focus on the more important lesson awakening inside me - there are those who will fight for freedom...

Anonymous

Why is everyone making this protest about something it's not? Yes, there is the issue of higher wages. But doesn't everyone want higher wages? Streets, schools, factories, offices and hospitals are buzzing with dissatisfaction. Everyone is tired of the rich feeding from the slaves labour. We all want an equalization where the earth and its pleasures are available to everyone. Why pick on the teachers because they are standing up and doing what no one else is doing? They are fighting when no else will. I'm thinking their action should be commended. Isn't that what Egypt has taught us?

These teachers, their students, and all those who support them believe in non-violently fighting for the right to speak, to have a voice in a world that is growing increasingly complex. It is about defending one's right to think and freedom to make choices. These teachers are people - like so many other people around the world - who want safety, clean air and water, food, and adequate shelter. They believe that one person should not dictate to others while greedily reaping the profits of their labour.

I am a teacher. I spend each day fighting to make young people believe not just that they can think but how to think for themselves. The public system is a mess. Opportunities for real change are blocked by government policies and unions. Departments - administration, teachers, education assistants, etc - create hierarchies of power rather than spend energy collaborating on real solutions. Can anyone appreciate the value that any teacher - or government employee - has in keeping the public informed of how the government wants its public managed? I'm thinking government policies that prevent its employees from having a voice is a bad thing. I'm thinking that's a bigger concern we should all be discussing.

I agree with those of you who point out that there is a difference in the living conditions of 'us' and 'those' in Egypt. I'm willing to bypass that, though, and focus on the more important lesson awakening inside me - there are those who will fight for freedom...

Anonymous

Hopefully this wont be the last stand for America. We need real hardworking Americans to stand up to the corporate government that
has America in the palm of their hands. We need to fight back and lash out at them as one complete force. While we grow week and poor, they grow rich and arrogant. This is true democracy, and true democracy is a democracy that is question.

Anonymous

Hopefully this wont be the last stand for America. We need real hardworking Americans to stand up to the corporate government that
has America in the palm of their hands. We need to fight back and lash out at them as one complete force. While we grow week and poor, they grow rich and arrogant. This is true democracy, and true democracy is a democracy that is question.

Anonymous

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When the gov't begins an encroachment upon the rights of individuals to free and collective bargaining and prohibits these rights, it should be understood that even the founding fathers understood that our constitution, as precious a document as it is, is only as secure in it's protection of our rights if the people desire it to be so.

One cannot give rights to one group of people and deny to others. If there are individuals such as the Governer of Wisconsin who states that if you work for a public union you no longer have the right to negotiate, then one could legitimately speculate that we are at the beginnings of a very close and somewhat flirtatious mirroring to Munich 1933.

Anonymous

(Marli-system hasn't sent my login yet)

When the gov't begins an encroachment upon the rights of individuals to free and collective bargaining and prohibits these rights, it should be understood that even the founding fathers understood that our constitution, as precious a document as it is, is only as secure in it's protection of our rights if the people desire it to be so.

One cannot give rights to one group of people and deny to others. If there are individuals such as the Governer of Wisconsin who states that if you work for a public union you no longer have the right to negotiate, then one could legitimately speculate that we are at the beginnings of a very close and somewhat flirtatious mirroring to Munich 1933.

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