Rightbloggers Denounce the Wealthy, Treasonous Schoolteachers of Wisconsin
Robert Stacy McCain wrote that "the average teacher in Wisconsin receives $77,857 in total compensation, when the value of their generous benefit package is added to their salaries. Given that the median household income in Wisconsin is just above $50,000 (and the typical household has more than one wage-earner), this means that the striking teachers are earning substantially more than the people whose taxes pay their salaries."
But according to McCain's own sources, the Wisconsin median household income figure doesn't include benefits (which, believe it or not, many employed non-teachers enjoy), and the Wisconsin teachers' average salary is $49,093 -- close to the norm, it would seem.
Piece of Work in Progress more honestly admitted the similarities in teacher/non-teacher salaries, but moved on to this interesting attempt: "A two-teacher family employed in Wisconsin public schools (and it's not uncommon), is pulling in double what the average Wisconsin family does." Yes, and if that teacher-family has two teacher-kids living at home (or if liberals succeed in their plan to institute polygamous teacher-marriage), they could earn four times as much as the non-teacher kind!
Here's another freeloader. I bet We The People paid for his fancy glasses.
"Wisconsin Teachers are Damn Greedy," snarled Conservative Blogs Central. "Political muscle-flexing by a well-funded special interest group," scoffed Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner. "Wisconsin Hatemongers Control the Children," roared Nevada News and Views. "Teachers in Wisconsin are demonstrating... that their greed knows no bounds," quipped The Conservative Libertine.
Some rightbloggers seemed to sense that ordinary people don't despise teachers as they do, and tried to sugar-coat it. Kyle Olson of TownHall, "Founder and CEO of Education Action Group Foundation," allowed that "the majority of public school teachers are dedicated and hard working," but had been let down by the unions who are "Cheapening Our Profession" by making teachers take decent wages and job protections against their wills. Olson also said "there are myriad examples where the union has to 'rein in' an eager teacher who willingly works beyond her contractual duties," but failed to provide one example, let alone a myriad.
Rightbloggers weren't all negative. They lustily applauded the heroism of Governor Walker. "We need more leaders like Scott Walker," bellowed Angry White Dude, and "less of the RINO turds currently in office."
John Rosenberg of Discriminations compared Walker to Wisconsin's famous Progressive governor, Bob LaFollette, but in reverse (a Regressive?): Rosenberg quoted an old paen to LaFollette's battle against "corporate exploitation," and said, "all one need do is substitute 'union' for 'corporate' in the passage above to see the striking resemblance." And if one substitutes "Scott Walker" for "Jesus" in the Bible, this also speaks well of the Governor.
When the Wisconsin Democratic state senators left the state rather than supply the GOP with a quorum for a vote, rightbloggers considered it a cynical ruse -- sort of like filibusters when someone other than Republicans is using them. "It serves as further proof the loathing progressives have for the will of the people," said Eye of Polyphemus.
Some plotted to remove the senators from office. Republican operatives have actually started a recall movement against some of the missing senators, but Mouth in the South developed his own unique plan: Since the state constitution allows the governor to fill "vacancies" in the senate, reasoned Mouth, Walker "is well within his rights to call an election" for the absent senators' seats. Vox populi, ladies and gentlemen.
Plus they get free apples!
Rightbloggers endeavored to show that, despite the hordes of protesters surrounding the state capitol, the people were on their side. But they had some trouble finding Wisconsinites to go on record. The Weekly Standard listed several opponents of Walker who were native to the state; the Walker proponents they drummed up were the Governors of Ohio and New Jersey. The sole local supporter they cited was an unnamed "long-term substitute teacher."
Not to worry -- Phil Boehmke at Pajamas Media had the hometown team covered. He quoted several "friends" who were "positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants." "A co-worker named Jason who hails from the Dairy State," for example, allegedly told Boehmke, "Walker should do like Reagan did with the air traffic controllers and fire their a**es!" and "Jack-ass Jesse Jackson? That proves we're right."