John R. Houk
© March 22, 2012
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is facing a recall election because of the sour grapes and vilification of Unions and Leftists. In a failed effort to reverse successes achieved by Governor Walker the Leftist Dems and Unions tried to regain the Senate majority be doing a recall election of State Senators. The ploy failed! The Republican remained the majority political party.
So the Dems and Unions set their eyes on Governor Walker himself. The Governor faces a recall election on June 5. The path to the recall already demonstrated probable voter fraud to register signatures on petitions as legal voters. When the Walker camp wanted to examine the signatures to verify they registered voters rather than dead people or Mickey Mouse, a Wisconsin Judge nixed the examination.
The refusal of the State Appellate Court to uphold the original ruling of the State Circuit Court seemed a bit suspicious. Twenty-nine Wisconsin Judges had signed the recall petition to dump Governor Walker. These 29 Judges should have recused themselves from any Court cases involved with a recall election and especially pertaining to the validity of petitions put forth by the corrupt Unions and the nefarious Leftist Dems.
So what has raised the ire that Unions and Dems are resorting to machine politics of yesteryear against Governor Scott Walker?
Walker is the target of a recall effort funded by national labor unions. Why? Reforms he made to balance the budget have dramatically diminished the influence of public employee unions. If not reversed, these reforms will inspire similar efforts across the country, and the outsized power of public sector unions will finally be reined in.
Walker came to office in the Republican wave of 2010. He inherited a mess. Under his profligate predecessor, Jim Doyle, state government had operated almost as a slush fund for public employee unions. Giveaways to teachers and others put the state on an unsustainable fiscal path, so Doyle raised some taxes and threatened to raise others. He raided a state fund set up to cover medical liability, essentially stealing contributions doctors had made to the pooled account. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against that pilfering, but the money had already been spent. Even after budget gimmickry that would make Fannie and Freddie blush, the official deficit was $3.6 billion.
Just over a year later, Walker and the Republicans in the state legislature have nearly eliminated the deficit. For the two-year budget cycle, the state will show a $143 million shortfall because the stagnant economy has resulted in lower tax receipts than had been projected. But the shortfall is for the first half of the cycle; Wisconsin will run a surplus in the current fiscal year. And Walker said last week that he will eliminate the remaining shortfall without raising taxes. It’s a credible claim. He reduced the deficit without raising taxes. In fact, one of his first moves upon being sworn in was to cut taxes on businesses. His subsequent reforms have allowed property tax receipts to go down for the first time in years—by some $47 million.
The recall vote Walker faces comes because of these results. The key to his success was his restructuring of health and retirement benefits for many state employees, asking them to contribute 5.8 percent of their salary to their pensions (up from 1 percent or less) and to pay 12.6 percent of their health insurance premiums (up from 6 percent or so).
The unions correctly understood these changes as a mortal threat. Without compulsory membership, unions would lose a major source of funds. And without the ability to bargain collectively for benefits, the unions would lose their most compelling argument to convince public employees to contribute a chunk of their income—in many cases more than $1,000 per year—for the privilege of membership. So they took to the streets in massive numbers and pressured the Democrats they’d elected to do everything possible to sabotage Walker’s plan. Democrats in the state senate fled to Illinois. Protesters occupied the state capitol. The fight captured national attention for months in 2011.
The unions lost that battle, but they did not give up the war. They launched an aggressive effort to recall several Republicans in the state senate with the hope of reversing the reforms before it became clear that they were working. They spent heavily—an estimated $30 million—and lost again.
Meanwhile, the results of the changes began coming in. In Milwaukee, the reforms saved some $11 million, an embarrassing windfall for Democratic mayor Tom Barrett, who had predicted that the city’s structural deficit would “explode.” Localities across the state have seen similar savings. There is no disputing the central fact of Walker’s tenure as governor: His reforms are working.
That’s a huge problem for the public employee unions as they try to convince Wisconsinites that the man responsible for this dramatic turnaround should be recalled. So they’re focusing on two other issues: his 2010 campaign and an investigation into the activities of former Walker employees.
In light of the success of Walker’s reforms, complaining about what he said in 2010 seems unlikely to win many votes. So Walker’s opponents want to change the subject. Last week, Mike Tate, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, toured the state in an attempt to link Walker more closely to an investigation of some of his former employees. Here again, Democrats have resorted to distorting reality in order to smear Walker.
The campaign against Governor Walker is not based on what is good for Wisconsin. Rather the thuggish Union and the Leftist Dems of Wisconsin are out to get their duly elected Governor because his success in Wisconsin could very possibly mean the destruction of the power base that has perpetuated corrupt Unions and fiefdom Democrats.
The Unions are not hedging their bets with the recall election of Governor Walker. They are still doing the thug thing. Republican State Senator Pam Galloway is resigning early from her first term in Office. Officially she is telling that the ill health of a couple of family members has led to her decision. And yet some media investigation which some credit to Media Trackers, that Union thug boss John Spiegelhoff had been running a campaign of intimidation against soon resigning Senator Galloway to scare her from voting for Governor Walker’s economic change around for Wisconsin.
Whether you live in Wisconsin or not, friends of sane politics and actual Liberty really should support Governor Scott Walker to overcome the huge amount of money from the nefarious sources of corrupt Unions and Leftist Democrats that have been twisting data into lies and/or simply outright lying to place irresponsible government back into Wisconsin.
Why should those of us outside Wisconsin support Governor Walker? The reason is because Wisconsin Unions and Leftists are merely mirroring the underhandedness of Leftist-in-Chief President Barack Hussein Obama.