I guess in your mind, laws passed by democrats can't be changed.
That's the third time in this thread that a position has been assigned to me without any support. It's ridiculous.
Your thug public unions
This phrase alone tells me that you have no desire to engage in serious discourse.
But I can't help myself. Briefly, as to your other points, I understand where you're coming from. Compared to where many other workers are currently, things have been pretty good for me and continue to be.
But what you're telling me is that I don't deserve to have a good deal, that I'm making too much and deserve to make less. When a democrat says that about a CEO, republicans often start spouting off about class warfare, wealth redistribution, and socialism.
Furthermore, do you understand that these benefits were negotiated? That "thug public unions" agreed to take lower pay for higher benefits? So now that benefits are being reduced, do you understand why people are a little bitter? But I also understand that benefit packages are changing all over and there's no reason teachers should be immune. That, of course, reverts back to my previous point; the gist of your argument is "Everyone else has a crummy deal...they should have a crummy deal, too!"
I'd also like to point out that, since public union workers and our families were largely the ONLY people asked to sacrifice to bail Wisconsin out of the deficit, shouldn't we now be seeing a little bit of a break since Wisconsin is in the black again? "Boy, times are tough now. You know, we've always given you a pretty good deal. We need you to make a sacrifice now, but when things are better, life can go back to normal for you." That would've been decent. Instead we get "You 'thug unions' caused the problem and we're going to hold you under our thumb for as long as we can." Did you know I can never get a raise higher than 2% again? Even if inflation goes above that level, even if I increase my education, even if I'm recognized as an outstanding teacher according to some baloney test, I'm by law limited to 2%. Let me tell you - there's not much financial incentive to perform well there or to increase my education or perfect my craft.
I don't have WEAC insurance, so you can take that point and politely discard it.
And let me say this again because it's conveniently ignored by everyone who comments on here about Act 10. One of the Fitzgerald brothers said at a fundraising meeting that it was important to get Act 10 passed quickly. Surely it was important for deficit reasons. With a $6 billion hole to plug, we can't waste time. Surely that's the reason he gave, right?
He said they had to act quickly so that the unions couldn't contribute to President Obama's re-election. So excuse me if I'm a little angry that my wages and ability to support my family were tampered with to support some futile bid to undermine a politician's reelection campaign.
I guess that wasn't brief. Brevity was never my strength.