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I called and made the point that, effectively, what is happening is that the Governor of Wisconsin is increasing taxes on the teachers and other government workers.  I mean, when all is said and done, the Governor is reaching into these workers' pockets and taking out about $100 from every week's paycheck.  What else would you call it? (My math is at the bottom of the post).

Sean - and every other right-wing host's - argument is that Wisconsin needs to tighten its belt.  It can't spend what it doesn't have.

I thought that was odd coming from a guy that supported two wars that our country put on its credit card.  I mean, if we have to pay for our stuff, why isn't he suggesting tax increases to pay for the wars?  Could it be because he might have to part with a few of his ill-gotten gains?  Or, if his argument is that we cannot afford to increase taxes in the middle of a recession, then why is it OK to (essentially) increase the tax burden on teachers?  Surely, if they can afford it, the top teir of wealth-holders in this country can afford to do a little more as well, right?  Sean?  Sean?

Sean's response?  No, seriously, I'm not kidding....

"9/11, 9/11, 9/11!!!!!"

The math:

Average teacher pay, according to, of all people, Michelle Malkin:  $52K
After tax income:  $52K*.65 (assuming overall federal/state tax burden of 35%)$33,800/yr
Additional contribution demanded by Wisconsin governor:  $5K
Therefore, average weekly teacher pay will be reduced by $100/wk (or 15%), from $650 to $550

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