The heat is on, and in a big way. I have been writing about the new governor in Wisconsin, Scott Walker and his bold moves on the budget. The government workers unions have mobilized fully, organizing large demonstrations on the capital square. Traffic was snarled yesterday here in downtown Madison. We had a customer in the area who desperately needed materials. We had to wait until after hours to get to their facility, but we took care of them and they were very happy with our service.
Today, I believe, is the last day for the demonstrations. I did see a Repbublican guy on the news last night who said that he has the votes to get this legislation through.
But I think today the unions will have pushed their demonstrations too far.
City of Madison schools are closed today, due to a “sick out” by the teachers, who will all be on the square protesting the cuts. I don’t really know for sure, but I am betting that the teachers will get paid for today, and will not lose a sick day.
But the parents of the children won’t be so lucky, unless they have generous employers. Those parents who have to scramble for day care and can’t find any will have to EAT a sick day or a vacation day – or simply won’t get paid since they have to stay home and take care of their kids and can’t make it to their jobs. This is the real world and how it works. I think this would be the best lesson for the kids to learn today, since their normal lessons won’t be taught.