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Thanks to public employees

I paid my property taxes the other day. I “saved” $150, or about 3% over 2010. I could get on the bandwagon and thank Gov. Scott Walker, but I won’t. All he did was ram a bill through a friendly majority.

I will, however, thank my local teachers, educators and public workers. They are the ones who sacrificed about 10% of their middle-class incomes so I could save a few bucks. My local educators are the ones who dedicated their lives to helping me raise and educate my successful children. Sorry, but I can’t think of a single legislator who has had any impact on that effort.

The sad part is that outstanding leaders would have accomplished the same budget savings without the bullying, rancor, cost of a recall or negative publicity for Wisconsin. Most union members I know knew the state was having fiscal problems due to the recession and were willing to pay their fair share. The governor and legislators could have amended the “3.8%” law to “0%” for a year or two until things were back to normal, for example, and most would have understood.

Instead, Walker destroyed 50 years of bargaining rights legislation, gave the rich a megamillion-dollar tax break and denigrated educators and other public service workers. Now I see him on TV taking credit for saving me $150 instead of thanking our public workers for their financial sacrifice. He has no one to blame but himself for the recall effort. We deserve better leadership.

Thomas Balliet

Mequon

(Source: jsonline.com)