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STRIKE: Take a lesson from Wisconsin

Letter by Matthew Philichi, Gig Harbor on Sep. 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm with 37 Comments »
September 19, 2011 1:09 pm

On Sept. 15, Washington state’s chief economist said that “the economic outlook continues to worsen.” He then said that state tax revenues could come in as much as $1.4 billion lower than expected.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if our state’s leaders had taken the actions that Wisconsin did last February? Yes, they took a lot of heat. However, now the state of Wisconsin is running a surplus. Their children are in class where they belong.

Here in Tacoma, our school district is grappling over issues like when they can fire or transfer a teacher.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin knew that to get through these hard times, state supervisors would need all of the flexibility that they could muster. The Tacoma teachers are trying to strap the district into little to no flexibility.

I have an idea. How about if we just make this simple? Any teachers who break the law lose their job. Currently they are breaking the law. Principals could interview and hire new teachers this week. School could start next week. End of subject.

Yes, there would be whining and yelling and sit-ins. Yet, look at Wisconsin and look at us. All the commotion there was well worth it.

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  1. LarryFine says:

    You hit the nail on the head. I understand htere have been a whole lot of new teachers hired in Wisc. … contrary to what the union propaganda predicted.


  2. AlabamaGeorge says:

    Mathew, did you miss the recall of two of Walker’s lackeys and the pending recall of Walker himself?

    If there were new teachers hired in Wisconsin, there is more money in the checkbook than Walker claimed. The summer pickets were not a strike, thus new hires are additional staff.

  3. LarryFine says:

    Alabama… are you claiming 2 out of 6 is a victory ?


    Forecasting the outcome of a possible recall for Walker will likely put you where Tardnos was after last Nov.

  4. bentleyl says:

    Wow where did this guy come from, Scott Walker gave the rich and corporations of Wisconsin a big Tax break and and took it from the teachers and public employees locked them out of their capitol building and railroaded his bill through in the dead of night and is in the Koch Brothers Back Pocket is this guy blind now having said all that I think the teachers need to look at their timing on this strike and exercise a little discretion. Hey we have poor people in Gig Harbor i know i’m one of em LOL

  5. LarryFine says:


    …. Even as unions and Democrats bravely talked of recalling Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year, the impact was clear to all but the reality-challenged, such as Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin branch of the AFL-CIO, who said, incomprehensibly, “Let’s be clear, anyway you slice it, this is an unprecedented victory.”


  6. bentleyl says:

    2 out of 6 recalled Senators is a huge victory deep in the Republicon territory

  7. scooter6139 says:

    LarryFine is confused to what happened in Wisconsin. Walker gave a tax break to the wealth in the amount of $140 Million then claims his state has a budget shortfall of $130 Million. (Duh, where’d the money go?)

    Then he crams through draconian budget cuts that impact the middle class and goes after unions with his cronies in the republican controlled senate.

    Fighting back through the ballot, three democrats and six republican face recall elections. All the democrats crush their challengers. The republican take it straight on the chin with the loss of two senators.

    Yes, I would call that a huge victory for the democrats, unions and the middle class in Wisconsin.

    Now he will most likely face a recall against himself come next year.

    I know, kooky.

  8. stetsonwalker says:

    Even if he does FACE a recall, he will persevere easily!

  9. LarryFine says:

    Too funny Hey “scooter” you may want to check up on current affairs in Wisconsin before you make another assinine statement.

    Even MSNBC called it a “setback” to the democrats… Kooky
    “Democrats failed late Tuesday in their effort to gain control of the Wisconsin state senate as Republican incumbents won four of six recall elections.

    The outcome was a big setback for Democrats, organized labor, and progressive groups who’d sought retribution against six GOP allies of Gov. Scott Walker, who earlier this year enacted a labor law overhaul that ended collective bargaining rights for many public sector workers.”


  10. LarryFine says:


  11. stetsonwalker says:

    Thanks for the link, I had to watch MSNBC that night just to see the whiners! It was a great second time laugh to red about it. The part that gets me is these ultra libs really feel America thinks with the same tin hats they use!

  12. LarryFine says:

    Strange it is… and their denial is palpable.

  13. Let’s see. The GOP had a decisive edge in the Wisconsin Senate. Two recalled Senators and one that has already crossed the isle against Walker and…….

    you have an entirely different face to the Wisconsin Senate. Can’t wait until January…..

    Since all six were GOP and two of them lost…..that’s not too bad, all things considered.

    On the other hand…the GOP wins a long time Dem Congressional seat and you’d think that the 2012 election is a walkover……LOL

    That link demonstrates that MSNBC, owned by the same people that own General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors, isn’t the liberal mouthpiece that the Conservatives would like you to think.

  14. The austerity measures taken by the Gov. of Wisconsin will bite him in a sensitive spot. It is a matter of time only.

  15. Publico…..I wonder why Matthew has such an issue with the Tacoma teachers. I’m betting there is an interesting story behind his resentment.

  16. LarryFine says:

    still LingMAO Is Tard talking about Obama’s GE ?

    … and no, what it proves is that at some point even the liberal mouth peices have to report some truth… kooky as it seems…

    You can cry me a river of denial all day, but it doesn’t change the results of last November (still laughing @ Tardnos’ prediction that republicans would wonder why they lost), or the results of the “recall” elections in Wisconsin, or all the new teachers hired in Wisconsin… or Obama’s lousy approval rating… palpable

  17. LarryFine says:

    … make that a river of milk denial LOL…

    So how al sharlaton and his half truth about milk pertains is ???

  18. LarryFine is the perfect example that FOX is mainstream and everything else is liberal.

  19. Obama’s “lousy” rating……about 3 dozen points above Congress…

    I understand that now, even one’s own Congress person isn’t safe in the election process….

    “78 percent responded in favor of fresh blood, while only 55 percent feel that it’s time for their own representative to bow out.”

    Then, of course, there is Gallup…


    Oh….does anyone remember a guy named Bush who bounced around in the 40s during the latter half of 2004 and WON the election? (sort of)

  20. stetsonwalker says:

    KARDNOS says:
    “stetson….I’m still trying to figure out how a superpatriot Conservative, like yourself, would take extended unemployment benefits, while owning two houses outright……”

    Let me help you with that, I need about $3000.00 to re carpet and do repairs on one of the houses, Unemployment BARELY lets one get by. So any finances realized from the other one (which I personnaly get no money) has to go to taxes ant insurance on both places. Help you?

  21. scooter6139 says:

    I just love how Larry laughs his a** off while deep seated republicans lose their seats in Wisconsin to democrats and the senate turns from full republican control to a more deadlocked one. No more passing the crap that Walker (Koch Brothers) desires anymore! Now he wants to work together with everyone, especially now his top aid is under investigation!


    Oh, tell me more about this future sight you have! Which batsh*t crazy, unelectable republican mouthpiece is going to win the nomination? Flip flop a day Romney or GW Bush II with the even lower IQ?

  22. LarryFine says:

    Yea scooter… 2 out of 6 is a victory in the liberal fuzzy math world. ;)

    We get it already.

  23. LarryFine says:

    Please make more predictions…
    Kardnos (formerly Sumner 401) says:
    October 13, 2010 at 11:13 am
    I am sooo looking forward to reading to the right’s whining sniveling letters in November!
    Sumner 401 says:
    October 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    I think the only ones in for a big surprise on the 3rd are the party of NO, which what they will be saying, No, no no, we were supposed to win! How did this happen again!?
    Sumner 401 says:
    September 18, 2010 at 9:54 am
    I hope you’ve got your crying towel handy because I think this ‘tidal wave you have been told about isn’t going to happen.

  24. philichi says:

    You are all missing the point about Wisconsin.
    Unions spent millions to change control of the senate there. The only losses that they produced was a republican that got caught cheating on his wife and another that lived in a democratic district.
    The real story is that 40% of teachers have quit paying dues. Union election coffers are almost empty. 2012 will only make things better for the free market.

  25. What is a “free market” in public schools, Matthew? You are so caught up the rhetoric that you can’t see reality.

  26. Kardnos (formerly Sumner 401) says:
    October 13, 2010 at 11:13 am
    I am sooo looking forward to reading to the right’s whining sniveling letters in November!

    Uh…..LarryFine….you are lying again. I have never been “Sumner 401″ and definitely wasn’t ‘Kardnos” in 2010.

  27. Wisconsin Senate – The Republican Party currently controls the chamber by a 17 to 16 margin. 6 Republicans faced recall elections on August 9, 2011, through a large effort by activists from national unions and others as the result of Governor Walker’s repeal of collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin. Two Republicans Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, lost their recall elections to their Democratic opponents. Two Democratic senators, Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin, won recall elections on August 16, 2011.

    It’s not a matter of “2 of 6″ but a matter of closing the gap on majority. Add a Republican that has voted with the Democrats already and you have Walker shaking in his boots.

  28. A little more for you, Matthew…

    “In 2011, Schultz was the only Senate Republican to vote against the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill which sparked the 2011 Wisconsin protests. Several House Republicans voted against the bill as well.

    According to Schultz, he had intended to offer a compromise amendment to the bill, but Walker “decoyed” him, misleading him into leaving the Senate chamber.”

    At that time, the GOP had a 19-14 edge……

    Good Luck, Governor…..

  29. Only winning 2 out of 6 was a set-back for the efforts of the Dems to turn around the situation in WI but losing 1/3 of their contested seats was hardly a resounding victory for the Repubs.

  30. And, as seems to be a Dem calling card, they ran a really stupid campaign – barely mentioning the reason for the recall in the first place.

  31. philichi says:

    Kardnos, I am glad that you are so happy about the paultry victory. However, with all of the millions that was spent by the unions I assure you that they aren’t happy. Politics to these people is a business. They bet the farm on this one. It didn’t work. Now for the snow ball.
    You are about to witness this in every state, including our own. You see, the credit ratings will demand it. Even liberals will have to kick out the unions or pay higher interest rates on their own munis. By next summer there will be a race to get rid of them..

  32. stetsonwalker says:

    Could I ask your first name? Would it start with an M or a T?

  33. LarryFine says:

    So there we have it folks, the lefties are standing by their assertion that 2 of 6 is a “victory”.

  34. Matthew…..you sound like a frightened boy, whistling in the dark.

    Talk to Schultz about Walker. Schultz WAS Walker’s majority….

  35. “beerBoy says:
    September 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    Only winning 2 out of 6 was a set-back for the efforts of the Dems to turn around the situation in WI but losing 1/3 of their contested seats was hardly a resounding victory for the Repubs.”

    Had the Dems won three…the GOP would be saying “we won 50%!!!”

  36. “LarryFine says:
    September 21, 2011 at 8:08 am
    So there we have it folks, the lefties are standing by their assertion that 2 of 6 is a “victory”. ”

    One seat in Queens to the GOP is a “victory”. One seat in Buffalo to the Dems isn’t. Republican math.

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