Ryan Talks Union Protests: ‘It’s Like Cairo Has Moved to Madison’

by Katrina Trinko

In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) defended Gov. Scott Walker’s push to ban most collective bargaining for state union employees, and require that state workers contribute 12 percent to their health-care plans and nearly 6 percent to their pension funds.

“It’s not asking a lot, it’s still about half of what private sector pensions do and health care packages do. So he’s basically saying, I want you public workers to pay half of what our private sector counterparts are, and he’s getting, you know, riots,” remarked Ryan.

“It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison these days,” he said, adding that “people should be able to express their way, but we’ve got to get this deficit and debt under control in Madison, if we want to have a good business climate and job creation in Wisconsin.”