Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has prevailed over the recall attempt promoted and heavily funded by the public employee unions! This sends a clear message around the nation that citizens are sick and tired of paying exhorbitant salaries and benefits to government employees while the rest of us struggle with a crumbling economy, and our states and our nation teeter on the brink of insolvency.
In 2010, Scott Walker ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and reform. After being elected to cut government spending, he proposed a budget repair bill that would save the state from imminent bankruptcy. Among other reforms, the bill eliminated collective bargaining for government employees (except police and firefighters), raised their contributions to their pension and health care plans to about half of the national average, and eliminated automatic deductions of union dues from government employees’ paychecks. It also required an annual vote by the members of all public sector unions on whether to continue being represented by the union.
This infuriated the unions — and the Democrats whose campaigns are largely funded by them. They launched an unprecedented $60 million recall campaign, culminating in the recall election on June 5, 2012. They attempted to recall not only Governor Walker, but also the Lieutenant Governor and four Republican state senators. All but one of the Republican incumbents won by a wide margin, and the recall attempt was soundly defeated.
This was the third time in in American history that a recall election was held for a governor, and the first time in which the incumbent won. What makes this even more historic is that Wisconsin is traditionally a blue state.
Congratulations to Scott Walker! It took an amazing amount of courage to do what he did. He stood on his principles against the wrath of the all-powerful unions and won. Now, perhaps other elected represenatives around the nation will muster up the courage to follow his example.