Wisconsin budget focus of broiling rally around Capitol Square and Walkerville reports the Isthmus. Broiling, eh?
Except, not really. "Hundreds of people braved temperatures in the low 90s for a march on Monday," so sayeth the weekly alt press here in Mad Town. Ooh, hundreds. I'm not sure why that's supposed to impress us.
Here's what does leave an impression on me. They've changed their message. Remember "it's not about money, it's about collective barganing?" Well, apparently now it's about much more. "This isn't just about unions or collective bargaining; this is about the middle class," said a union rep -- adding that Walker's "trying to strip the only voice left of the working people."
I had NO IDEA that the public sector unions represented MY voice, too. What about the millionaires that they hate? Those people work damn hard, too. The idea that the working class is comprised solely of union members is a disgusting slap in the face to the actual working class, but I bet many will fall for the charade and feel like finally someone is standing up for them.
Listen, people. Life is hard all over. The hundreds of protesters have one thing right, except the ain't admitting it: Life is hard, and it's up to you to stand up for yourself. Those union peeps are doing that. They are standing up for themselves. Other people don't need the unions to stand up for them. They are perfectly capable of standing up for themselves, and if they don't, then they get what they get.
(BTW, the #1 proven effective way to stand up for yourself? The ballot box.)