There is no love lost between myself and Wisconsin. Honestly, between the Green Bay Packers and the fact that I get a speeding ticket every time I cross the state line, I find Wisconsin to be one of those states that are just better left alone (see also: Ohio). But while I might lack respect for his little piece of the American midwest, I do have a great deal of respect for Scott Walker, who, based on today’s news alone, has giant, cheesy balls of steel.
Scott Walker has won re-election three times in less than five years, in the face of staggering opposition from public sector employee unions (that, I suppose, turned out to be not so staggering when they actually had to end their statehouse die-ins and get real people to polling places). In return, Walker has become a national foil for progressive agitators, a sort of Boogeyman on par with those nefarious Koch brothers, who pull the strings on the conservative movement from their bat-infested vampire castle atop a ski hill in Aspen. And in return for that, he’s politely encouraging Wisconsin’s college professors, who lead the initial assault, to shut the hell up and get back to work.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, defending proposed budget cuts for higher education, took a swipe at university professors who he said could be “teaching more classes and doing more work.”
“Maybe it’s time for faculty and staff to start thinking about teaching more classes and doing more work and this authority frees up the [University of Wisconsin] administration to make those sorts of requests,” Walker (R) said Wednesday on Milwaukee radio station WTMJ.
Walker’s comments came as he spoke about his proposed budget, which would cut $300 million over the next two years from the University of Wisconsin system. He added the school would still receive block grants.
Walker said his proposal would hold the university accountable and “puts the ball clearly in their court.
In other words, Scott Walker isn’t going to pay the University of Wisconsin to pay it’s teachers to sit in the statehouse all day in union tee shirts and chant in a drum circle. If you’d like more money, in order to provide a standard of living for the last remaining Communists in America, you’re going to have to force said Communists to do the kind of work that normally constitutes proletariat productivity. They are, in this equation, not the “have nots.” Much to their chagrin, I’m sure.
Balls of cheesy steel.
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