I asked some of the few people I know in the Capitol what it is like there today. One of them was kind enough to respond:
I think the crowds are smaller today than yesterday, but they’re getting more aggressive. Right around 11 this morning, they started swamping around the stairwells. Wouldn’t let anybody through. If you were wearing a suit, they would mob you and not let you move. I had a guy following me yelling “don’t let him through! Don’t let him through!” Tried to get on the elevator with one of Lassa’s staffers (Democrat), but they wouldn’t let the door close.
Several other staffers had the same experience. I just now got back down to my office (wanted some lunch!), and I’ll be going back up in a little bit. You kind of have to take the long way around - can’t just go straight up. They won’t let you get there.
Now they’re just making noise. They’ve got a drum corps (looks mostly like teenagers). They’re leaving a lot of trash lying around. Staging sit-ins in a few places - in some restrooms, I heard. Lots of kids here.
Other than this morning, it’s been a model of peaceful (if noisy) protesting. No reason to be afraid to walk the halls at all. Pretty awesome, really, even if they are on the other side. Today they’ve started stepping things up.
This is BS how they are letting this Mob take over the Capital at some point the State Police or the Guard have to be sent in to secure the building so this mob of Union Thugs cannot continue to try and harass and intimidate the democratic process. This is all the peoples building not just these Union Thug Protesters.
Drums…Drums In The Deep…We Cannot Get Out…They are Coming…
They’re leaving a lot of trash lying around. Staging sit-ins in a few places - in some restrooms, I heard. Lots of kids here.
Civility: it’s for the little people.
This is BS how they are letting this Mob take over the Capital
Oh, no: the longer this goes on the longer they look like fools and loose support.
Whats up with your blog ad that is against what Scott walker is doing? Is it your choice to run the ad or just taking money from the enemy?
Somebody should start taking photos of the faces of the protestors, put them up on the web, and direct school supers to start looking for their “sick employees.”
The fact that these teachers will face no discipline for breaking the law and workplace rules adds credibility to the charge that the unions have become too powerful and Walker’s initiatives are necessary in order to bring costs under control.
Administrators afraid or powerless or sympathetic to the cause…
Hand-picked, union-backed school boards that rubber stamp their demands…
Democrat politicians like Jim Doyle who begged, borrowed and stole to temporarily satiate the ever expanding hunger…
It’s about time we had a leader stand up for the rest of us and said “Enough is Enough!”
After all, we’re Taxed Enough Already!
Send in the Guard and get them the hell out of there. Protests are one thing, this is an unruly mob. Most of them are on the taxpayer’s dime and disciplinary action needs to be taken with them. Their actions demonstrate perfectly why the public employee unions need to be shut down.
...just goes to prove what these hypocritical overpaid under-working “horses’ as*es” think of their responsibilities AND their students versus their self-important financial thievery against the taxpayers…in other words, in the end, they don’t give a sh*t about their students…they just worry about number one.
Where was democracy when the unions were silently and covertly raising the price of these “hogs” over and above that of some CEOs without any taxpayer representation…of which is still happening at the public secondary education level AND in municipal government all over the state.
These teachers and public sector workers are grossly overpaid, dumb, fat, UNhappy, and self-serving.
I WANT MY MONEY BACK IN MY WALLET…I DON’T GIVE A SH*T ABOUT THEIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING POWER.
There is NO democracy in a public sector job.
THEY WORK FOR ME…THE TAXPAYER!
You don’t like it…....quit! PLEASE QUIT!
What the hell are unions doing in the public sector anyways?! These are unproductive parasitic jobs that add NOTHING to GDP!
They work for WE THE TAXPAYER! When the hell did they suddenly believe they deserve some kind of self-autocracy where means justifies ends in a public sector job?
Next up? The “pigs” and the firemen and ALL the secondary education’ers and municiapl workers who are stealing from our wallets.
We’re coming for the kill, you thieves.
Mr. Scott WalkerReagan…
...time to fire the whole entire lot of ‘em so they may well visit the air traffic controllers graveyard…
Early in the AM (between ~0500aCST/~0600aCST) Friday 02.18.2011 WTMJ Channel 4 Milwaukee WI announced first (with other networks following) the closing of MPS because of these Madison union “riots”.
Channel 4 had an “audio call-in” from RoseAnn St. Aubin, a “spokeswoman” for MPS.
RoseAnn St. Aubin steals $111,283.00 in pay as a “Program Coordinator” at MPS: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/dataondemand/
That’s approximately $55.00/hour.
Working in a public sector job.
...and that does NOT include her benefits, her retirement, nor her retirement percentage.
This is NOT an executive role and, even if it was, these are TAXPAYER DOLLARS…HELLO.
St. Aubin stated to Ch.4 “talking heads” the number of teachers that had already called in “sick” Friday AM. When the “talking heads” asked St. Aubin what percentage this was of total working teachers within MPS, St. Aubin griped that it was too early in the morning to do math. Eventually, one of the “talking heads” “did the ciphering”.
St. Aubin then went on to comment that we should not be concentrating on the closing of MPS but we should be thinking of our familes, loved ones, and their welfare.
Aw…isn’t that so “Walt Disney movie-ish”. They should have broadcast the interview in “‘50’s black-and-white”.
I assume St. Aubin’s statement also includes students of forced truancy…most who are probably good kids who want to learn.
Those kids will learn all right…they’ll learn the reality of the selfishness of those closest to them at MPS.
This is what is in our schools and teaching our kids.
A $112,000.00/year useless piece of shit who cannot do simple on-demand arithmetic in her head.
Gee, Johnny, why are you having so much trouble with the SATs?!
This has gone on way too long. These institutions are completely financially out of control.
I want my money back in my wallet.
I do NOT want to pay some round-faced overweight “spokeswoman” from MPS $112,000.00/year to hand me “candy-ass” lines and treat a grave situation like a 5th grader.
I want my money back in my wallet.
While I agree that her pay may be a bit high, she doesn’t “steal” the money. She was offered a job and took it. She likely didn’t have a lot of say in her wage—it just was.
We can disagree with unions all we want, but we can’t blame teachers for accepting the jobs. The union members who try to hold the schools hostage are the people who are damaging the schools.
Very well said!