As the state of Wisconsin faces a $3.6 billion budget deficit, and Gov Scott Walker proposes changes, thousands of taxpayers descended on Madison, our state capital, to make their voices heard. Many brought signs to convey their messages. These are some of the best:
|This take off of the “Don’t Tread On Me” flags of the 60s and 70s clearly conveys Wisconsin’s taxpayers frustration at being forced to pay for benefits of state employees that we simply can no longer afford.|
|We, the workers of Wisconsin, are tired of having our rights violated. We’ve happily given great benefits to state workers for years, but our state is now in trouble and we just can’t afford it any more.|
|Let’s stop wasting money on benefits we can’t afford. We need to put an end to the union contracts that guarantee jobs for bad teachers, and instead hire some new educators who are willing and eager to get into the classroom and make a difference.
“Education First”, indeed!
|Our recent economic struggles have made the attacks on our families even more prevalent. Our family budgets are suffering, and we’re forced to make sacrifices to make ends meet. Meanwhile, we’re still forced to pay for benefits secured by unions. We need to stop these attacks once and for all.|
|Now this sign I’m not so sure of. I am indeed professional, but I am also replaceable. Knowing that there is someone else out there willing to step in and take my job helps me to appreciate what I have, and provides motivation to constantly improve myself.
So I don’t really agree with this one.
|The rights of private sector employees are at risk. No, we’re not angry that we have to pay substantially for our health insurance and retirement plans. We’re just tired of being taken advantage of by funding a concept that puts state worker benefits at a level above ours in the private sector.|
|See my comments on the previous sign.|
With all the teachers and state employees in Madison protesting against Gov. Walker’s plan, it’s great to see so many supporters of Gov. Walker and us taxpayers.