- - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teachers across Wisconsin are calling in sick to protest the bill that would require them to pay half the cost of their pensions and roughly 13 percent of their health care coverage.

Can you say “spoiled brats”?

So many teachers in Milwaukee have called in sick to protest this widely supported bill that Milwaukee schools have shut down. The teachers should be fired or at least forced to sit in the corner and wear dunce hats and apologize for this juvenile stunt.

It is estimated the bill would save Wisconsin $300 million over the next two years, which would help alleviate the state’s $3.6 billion shortfall.

The alternative to not passing the bill is laying off 6,000 public employees. Wanting their fantasy cake of unaccountability and eating it too, the unions and their ignorant, brainwashed sheep are whining and protesting. So are some of the Democratic state legislators, who have fled Wisconsin and are hiding out so they don’t have to vote on the bill.

Those Democratic legislators are gutless and soulless chumps. Because the legislation isn’t breaking their way, they turn tail and run, thereby holding up a vote on the legislation. How pathetic, how juvenile, how so Democratic of them. Let us hope the good people of Wisconsin fire those Democratic punks at the next election just as they fired others in November.

It’s no surprise President Obama is speaking out and supporting the unions. Interestingly, because he spoke about education at length in his State of the Union address, isn’t it ironic that he has not vociferously criticized the teachers who are calling in sick and abandoning their duty to educate children? The president knows who butters his political bread - the unions. Tough luck, kids.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the National Education Association (NEA) isn’t about what’s good for children, it is all about how much teachers can get away with.

This bill has nothing to do with union busting, as Mr. Obama claims. What you are witnessing is a state putting into action the will of the people as stated clearly on Nov. 2. It is simply trying to be financially prudent and responsible, something about which our spendthrift president and the Charlie Rangel gang obviously know nothing.

And now master shakedown con artist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, has shown up and led the protesters in singing “We Shall Overcome.” When Mr. Jackson shows up anywhere to join hands with protesters, place your faith, hope and trust in those on the other side of the issue.

The truth is, like Wisconsin, many states, including Michigan, New Jersey, California and others, are in way over their financial heads and are drowning in debt, largely because of costly benefits paid to public employees. States that fail to rein in those unsustainable costs now will experience financial catastrophe in the not-so-distant future.

Folks, what is happening in Wisconsin is just the beginning. Other financially unstable states are going to go down this same path in short order. Some will have to make even more drastic cuts than Wisconsin. It is inevitable.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is displaying leadership by sticking to his guns on this critical fiscal issue. He is refusing to kick the can down the road for another governor to deal with. For that, he should be applauded by all responsible Americans who care deeply about runaway debt and soaring deficits. For his bold leadership, I nominate him for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, though I suspect he’s going to have to wait a few years to get one.

The jig is up. There is no more money. Wisconsin, a number of other states, many cities and the federal government are flat-out broke and in serious financial trouble.

What kind of lowlifes would call in sick when they are not? Look and see.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

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