Monday, June 04, 2012

Democratic Disaster in Wisconsin? Scott Walker and the Recall Vote

Republican Scott Walker was elected Governor of Wisconsin to stop the budget hemmorhage.  To do that he had to get some rather mild restraints placed on the state's government employee unions.  The result was a balanced budget for the first time in many months.

The red ink stopped.  However, liberals and Democrats were not amused, not to mention the greedy state employee unions who got used to the perks and benefits that union blackmail can bring.  So they launched a movement to recall Governor Walker for doing the job he was elected to do.

Tomorrow, June 5, 2012, the voters of Wisconsin will decide to keep or oust Governor Walker and return to out-of-control state spending so that fat-cat union operatives can continue living at a level considerably higher than their true economic worth.

Polls show Walker in the lead, but it is always dangerous to predict the outcome of a race that has been close for many months.  However, Jonathan Tobin of Commentary seems inclined to believe that Walker will survive the Unions' vengeful scheme.  He writes:
The immediate problem in Wisconsin for liberals is not so much that Walker has persuaded a majority of voters that he is right — though there is clear evidence he has made headway despite the avalanche of criticism he got in the mainstream media — but that even many of those inclined to side with the Democrats have been convinced the left is dead wrong. The recall election is rightly perceived as nothing more than a form of payback for the drubbing the unions got in the legislature last year, and that has left a bitter taste in many voters’ mouths. If Walker survives tomorrow, the consequences will not only mean he will be strengthened, but that Democrats will emerge looking both petty and weak.
Whatever the outcome, it may be a bellwether for the national elections in November.   For that reason, tomorrow's election in Wisconsin is both highly important and very interesting.

Read Tobin's article here.


Always On Watch said...

For once, I'm keeping track of something going on in another state's politics. I hope that Walker "wins"!

Stogie said...

AOW, me too! It would be such a delicious poke in the eye for the greedy Unions.

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