I'd be pissed.
First of all, it's becoming abundantly clear that the Governor did not ask for enough economic concessions from the teachers' and public employees' union. If the budget is such a huge problem, then why didn't he ask them to take a large pay cut in addition to paying for their benefits? They rolled so easily on paying more into their health care and pension plans, I would think they probably would have acquiesced to a 7 or 8% pay decrease as well. Dumb.
I think I can figure out his reasoning--- which was to break the unions first, as part of the big nationwide GOP Governors' plan dictated by the Koch boys, then institute more draconian pay cut measures later. It's backfiring, and now he may not even get the pension and health insurance changes. Dumb.
The Republicans have paid off their special interests with tax cuts, now they may not get the budget cuts to pay for them. Taxpayers and middle-class lose. Twice.
Secondly, even if this whole mess gets resolved tomorrow, parents have had to find day care for their kids and will likely have to extend the school year into vacation time in the summer or have their kids miss lessons. Why? Because Walker miscalculated and the Republican state house didn't count the votes. Dumb.
The point of this escapade is that public employees know that they have generous compensation packages; they're not stupid and they negotiated them. To ask them to sacrifice for the good of the community is not outrageous, but to ask them to be silent forevermore is.
I don't argue that Wisconsin schools aren't poor; judging by the fact that half the population wears plastic food on their heads 6 months out of the year, something is lacking. But let's agree that we as a nation should all be working towards obtaining the things that union employees have bargained for: assured health care and retirement benefits.
The problem is not that Wisconsin teachers have too much-- it's that the rest of us have too little.... and the Kochs and the GOP Governors are okay with that.