However, I find it repulsive that we are taking the economic downturn out on them (and other public workers) instead of taking it out on the people who caused it; all of whom are skating away freely while working people attack other working people.
And everyone here just completely ignores the fact that Walker has put his plan to sell public property (funded by taxpayers) off to anyone he wants at any price he wants.
He's corrupt and he hates working people. I'm just surprised that working people seem to want to take everything away from other working people instead of trying to improve their own benefits to match those of public workers.
There was a time when a LOT of workers had good benefits. But those have all largely been taken away in the name of even more wealth for people who are already so wealthy they couldn't possibly spend it all. Average wages for working people have stagnated for more than a decade; but productivity has risen; profits have risen - which means we are all working harder and not seeing the fruits of our labor.
We've become complacent and decided that we don't deserve what we earn for our work. We have let certain classes take good-paying jobs and benefits away from hard-working people.
This was once a country that held the promise that if you worked hard, you would do better than your parents did. No more. Now, you should consider yourself lucky to stay even with them and not fall behind.
Again: housing costs 1970 to present have risen more than twice the rate of wages. Health care has risen 5 times wages since 1970.
If productivity and profits are up - but wages are stagnant - it means that we're not getting paid for our work anymore.
Teachers are not the reason this economy fell apart. Neither are cops, janitors, that old bitty at the BMV, or fire fighters.
This economy fell apart due to ruthless people who abhor the middle class and are trying to further destroy it with bills like this.
The only way to keep capitalism afloat is to keep the masses comfortable. That's the problem with today's capitalists. They hate the middle class so much that they're beginning to bury them. The results will eventually not be pretty. I know it will sound weird to you, but I like capitalism.
I like what I do for a living and I'm living more comfortably than I ever have. Unlike some people, though, I realize that it was more than just my hard work to get where I am. It was my education and it was a government system that protects my physical and intellectual property. I don't mind paying for those services and I don't mind the people who provide them making a decent living.
the only hate i see comes from rich democrats who loathe the thought of the poor becoming less dependent on the government or the middle class becoming wealthy.
half of my closest friends(club) are millionaires, the other half are mostly blue collar friends from the gun and sportsmens club. no one rich I know hate the middle class and none of my hourly wages buddies think that either. what both groups tend to dislike are rich libs who whine about the plight of the poor while scheming to keep them that way
Here's the rub: She didn't do jack **** for it either - but she'll still benefit from the tax if the economy is thriving and the remainder of her inheritance continues to grow thanks to rising market.
Simply put: when Clinton raised taxes, we were told by your types that the economy was going to collapse and the rich would "suffer". Well, they didn't suffer because we had a thriving middle class who raised the incomes of the rich by purchasing their products. What's good for the rich is NOT good for the middle class; but what is good for the middle class is good for the rich.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb