Saying “fuck you” to the people who teach our children is not the answer, and taking away their collective bargaining RIGHTS, is pretty much telling teachers and those who support them to take a long walk off a short bridge. These people paid THOUSANDS of dollars so they could be qualified to teach, and now you want to throw that investment back at them and say “Oh well, so sorry?”
How about YOU take a pay cut? How about YOU give up the cushy pension fund you’ve got lined up for yourself?
Teachers don’t make all that much money to begin with, and now you want to screw up their RETIREMENT as well? There are already too many teachers who won’t retire because their retirement isn’t enough to support them, and now you want to force them to work even longer, just so they can save up enough money to SURVIVE on? These people are smart enough to go and do anything they want to, yet they chose to sacrifice their earning potential so that our children could have a good education, and YOU want to PUNISH them for that choice?
I’m happy those senators walked out, especially given your “no negotiations” attitude. These teachers have come back and said, yes we’ll take a pay cut and pay more for our health benefits, yet you’ve stuck to your plan like glue, not because of cost, but because you are a selfish bastard who has no interest in protecting the people, just your own special interest groups. Good luck getting re-elected, voters don’t take kindly to governors who fuck with teachers.