We in the private sector have been working for less and just trying to survive since the beginning of the recession, why can not the public employees pitch in. The past recession has not even touched the lives of many a state employee anywhere. Teachers were in the classrooms, firemen were in the fire stations, and police officers were on the roads. It is a fact that not all the demonstrators were even from Wisconsin and those in the crowd will still receive their paycheck even though they were not at the jobs they are being paid to do! Nice work if you can get it, if I do not show up at my job, I do not get paid. The fact does not change that the government is out of money and the state employees have to be aware of it. Reality check: my paycheck has gotten smaller, I send fewer dollar bills to the government. Regardless of the fact, if you think the teachers are doing a good job or not, the money is not there anymore.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says his party has been emboldened by massive protests against his controversial budget plan.
Walker said demonstrators who filled the state Capitol building in Madison and the boycott by state Senate Democrats — some of whom fled the state in protest — have steeled the resolve of members of his party.
"If anything, I think it's made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger," he told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren in an interview Thursday night. "They're not going to be bullied. They're not going to be intimidated."
The unrest in Wisconsin has attracted attention from national lawmakers and political figures, who have incorporated the state's tussle over Walker's budget proposal into the debate over the federal government's fiscal woes.
Public-sector workers are upset with the plan, which calls on them to pay to receive pension and health benefits and removes collective bargaining rights for some.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a statement backing Walker's proposal, saying, governors like Walker "are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, meanwhile, has called the plan an "assault" on the middle class and compared Walker's plan to drastic cuts House Republicans in Washington, D.C., want to make.