Apparently, other states are watching to see the outcome of this whole fiasco. And other countries, too- Pic from Egypt, found on Facebook:
Rachel Maddow in the second link pretty much explains the bare bones of the situation. How it's really the Republican party attempting to crush Democratic opposition. Fine, we all know that happens, right, but the way this is happening is going to throw the quality of life in the state down the toilet. Forcing public employees to pay that much for their benefits and such, when they are only living a middle-class lifestyle and generally a bit poorer than average as well. For some reason, people don't seem to understand this. People are hating teachers and city workers and other public employees right now, and they don't seem to understand the implications of this mess.
I know all this and it affects me personally. My father and stepmother are both teachers in Wisconsin. If this bill passes, they would be having to pay so much more that it would throw them into debt for the rest of their lives. They already take care of my stepmom's three kids full-time, and have me and my brother every other weekend. Plus the general cost of living is skyrocketing as they boycott places that supported Walker in the elections- Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Gordy's County Market, AT&T, 3M, Wells Fargo, Sprint, Verizon, Jimmy John's, YMCA.
Our family used to frequent many of these places. Sam's Club provided food in bulk for seven people. McDonald's was cheap on-the-run food. Dad and Stacey use Verizon(and are attempting to drop it), Gordy's and Wal-Mart were other sources of food. 3M makes all kinds of supplies, and my stepbrothers go to the YMCA for after-school care. Trying to replace all of these things is going to be expensive.
If this abomination actually passes, Dad and Stacey are taking the boys and moving to Minnesota. The three boys are all special needs kids on the Autism spectrum, and with the quality of education about to collapse, they are going to need to get out of there before it negatively affects the kids' development. And Dad and Stacey's jobs are going to be worthless as well, so really it's hard to stay regardless.
Um... I just kind of wanted to get this out there, so... discuss if you wish. I personally hate what is happening, if you couldn't tell, and I actually cried when I heard about it.