In the poll, 68 percent find it acceptable requiring public employees to contribute more of their pay for retirement benefits; 63 percent are fine with requiring these employees to pay more for their health-care benefits; and 58 percent are OK with freezing public employees' salaries for one year.
But just 33 percent say it's acceptable -- and 62 percent say it's unacceptable -- to eliminate these employees' collective-bargaining rights as way to deal with state budget deficits.
In addition, 77 percent believe that public employees have the same collective-bargaining rights (when it comes to health care, pensions, and other benefits) that union employees who work for private companies have.Polls within Wisconsin show similar results. Apparently Regressive Governor Scott Walker didn't expect the first day's crowd of 3,000 peaceful protesters to grow to 15,000 the next day and over 100,000 by the end of the first week. He didn't expect Democratic legislators to stand their ground and refuse to allow teachers and firefighters to have their basic rights stripped away by letting this controversial issue come to a vote, even if it meant 14 of them had to leave the state and their families for two weeks on principle.
He didn't expect such a reaction to his War on American Workers.Regressives have always hated the middle class and done everything in their power to destroy as much of it as possible, favoring the richest 1% (their financial supporters) and huge corporations (their financial supporters).
The 3 week old controversy in Wisconsin can be summarized easily: the American teachers, firefighters, cops, snowplow drivers, etc, who make between $30k and $50k have already agreed to pay cuts and benefit cuts; Governor Walker insists they also give up their right to collective union bargaining.
Notice the obvious hypocrisy? Just a few weeks ago, Regressives screamed that we shouldn't dare raise taxes on the top-earning 2% who could easily afford it, to reduce the national debt.
The hypocrisy is claiming people making over $250k "cannot be considered rich" and therefore should not be burdened with a small tax hike, yet teachers making 45k are spoiled whiners who should have to bite the bullet and enjoy salary cuts, benefit cuts and GIVE UP THEIR RIGHT to bargain.
250k -- don't touch their money;
45k -- shut up and bite the bullet and take a cut.In the world of Twisted Republican Logic, somehow this makes sense. And this makes Regressive Governor Scott Walker the REPUBLICAN JACKASS OF THE WEEK.