Sick-out freak out: Fox anchor rips Wisconsin labor leader over teacher protest

by editor on February 18, 2011

Fox News anchor Stuart Varney was not happy about the Wisconsin teacher sick-in. Not happy at all.

He jumped all over Robert Kraig, executive director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, an “independent” group that’s thrown its weight behind the public employee unions in their battle against Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget slashing plans.

Varney noted, rather reasonably we thought, that it’s irresponsible for teachers to use taxpayer-paid sick time to demand that the taxpayers give them even more.

When the Fox host rolled video of public school teachers “using their students as political props,” Kraig lauded the teachers and students for “standing up for their fundamental human rights.”

“Collective bargaining laws in Wisconsin were created,” he said, “to create labor stability so that you didn’t have any kind of public service disruptions.”

You know, like sick-outs.


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deepthinker February 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

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The teachers have absolutely no right to exploit the children of the tax payers. If they wish to exploit their own that is one thing.

Stuart Varney was correct for calling them out on using sick leave. What would be truly funny is if the governor took action against all of them that can be identified for miss using sick leave time. I know if I did what they have done, I would be standing before the man and explaining myself as to why I should not be hanging from the yard arm.

Where is the Labor Board or better yet the EEOC on this? Here you have a person or persons in authority forcing or coercing individuals to part take in an action where if they did not take part there where be consequences.

cjger February 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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Dear Deepthinker,

Think some more. The actions of this governor represent nothing less than an assault on people who work for a living. Unions are a singular bulwark against the destruction of the earning power of the middle and lower classes. Unions in the private sector are all but destroyed. Only the public sector remains to stand up to wealthy oligarchs like the Koch Brothers. United States of America, be afraid. Deepthinker, go deeper.

editor February 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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Have a little more Kool-Aid, cjger. It’s on the house.

cjger March 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

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I imply from your reply, editor, that you do not find the actions of Walker to be an attack on unions and/or that you do not know that the widening disparity in wealth in this country is a threat to the democracy. I come to this opinion from the writings of Kevin Phillips, an economist in the Reagan administration and generally considered a conservative. There are no hallucinogens involved in my views. I restate the obvious. Unions have historically created a framework to strengthen the position of middle class and poor working people in opposition to the power of wealthy corporate interests. Sometimes I think the spiked Kool Aid is being consumed by those same middle class people who support the oligarchs who have taken control of the political discourse through a media that is anything but liberal. Why would a rational person (other than one in the upper 5% of wealth) consider Stuart Varney to have anything of value to say them? Why would someone in that position tune in to FOXNews? Or vote Republican? It is voting AGAINST their own interests. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my view.

editor March 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

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Yes, of course, you are correct. Those idiots in the middle class who watch Fox and voted for Republicans and conservatives en masse in November are morons. They can only be saved by the actions of their moral and intellectual superiors in the union movement.

Thank you for your selfless devotion to your inferiors.

john_of_il February 18, 2011 at 7:10 am

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Did you notice that sign at the beginning of this clip that said “Death to Tyrants”? So, all that flap about Palin using crosshairs on her website only apply to the GOP? Hypocrites!

mojo February 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

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Did they get permission slips from all the parents of their little manikins? If not, I smell lawsuit…

Elrond Hubbard February 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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I live in Wisconsin where taxpayers are getting pissed off by the reckless, illegal actions of the teachers’ union. The Madison school district has now been closed for three days because of “sick” teachers, the Milwuakee school district closed today. What really galls me and other taxpayers is that we are, in effect, subsidizing the teachers’ illegality and, even worse, we know that the teachers will probably get away with their criminality. Every Wisconsin teacher who called in “sick” this week and cannot provide a doctor’s note to verify the illness should be fired. Hell, a lot of them could be fired without any damage to public education.

danybhoy February 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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cjger February 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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L. Ron:
Protests tend to have that aura of ‘stepping out of the ordinary.’ Teachers are losing long-standing rights by the unilateral action of the Republican governor and his cronies in the legislature. Protests are appropriate. This is a ridiculous attack on unionization of a vital element in our society. You should get pissed off about that. You could be next.

B.C. February 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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malinger ma·lin·ger (mə-lĭng’gər)
v. ma·lin·gered , ma·lin·ger·ing , ma·lin·gers
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.

Most work places have rules against deliberately falsifying time cards/sheets/attendance records. In fact, I’d be willing to bet quite a large sum that all state, local and Federal governmental agencies have policies that specifically prohibit the deliberate falsification of said public records. (Yes, the time cards of public employees are, indeed, public records.) All of the teachers who called out sick and attended the protests should be summarily fired for violating the public’s trust and receiving benefits under false pretenses.

Zach Allen February 19, 2011 at 4:46 am

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2+2=Stupid……if you are a teacher in Wisconsin.

machogwapo February 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

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Funny study in the disparity between the two parties. GOP Senators will attempt to repeal the Health Care bill, knowing full well they will lose. Stand up for their voters and America. The jackasses in Wisconsin, don’t even have the guts to stand for their convictions. Just run away run away!!! Maybe they should run away farther?
The Governor should fire them all. No need for public service unions, rather many government jobs need much more accountability. Especially public school teachers.

finally February 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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so just found this site. Thank god. You guys are great. I live in Wisconsin and it’s nuts here. Fortunately, the adults will eventually prevail – either by passing the bill or having to cut thousands of jobs. Either way….the union looks foolish. Two jokes I’ve read – one….You know how the Green Bay Packers are the National Champions? Well…the Wisconsin Democrats have a better running game. (hahah) the other is…I bought a gallon of milk tonight and the Wisconsin Democratic legislators were on it. (again…hahaha).

editor February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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Welcome. Glad to have you. Tell your friends about us. Tell complete strangers about us.

kb March 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

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Uh, collective bargaining is not a fundamental human right…..

KimmyQueen March 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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I looked in the Constitution just to be sure and lo and behold it isn’t there… go figure.

danybhoy March 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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Most liberals & progressives yell about “rights” that they will defend to the death that do not exist in our constitution, but have no prblem crapping all over things that are. Like gun free speech & gun rights, no problem. But the real problem is this, most leftists are more in line with the 10 Pillars of Communism then they are with The Bill of Rights…

…& tell me I’m wrong.

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