Scott Walker Victory: 53%-46%

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.

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4 thoughts on “Scott Walker Victory: 53%-46%

  1. although the governor maintained his seat at what cost? there will be no money for mitt romney’s campaign…as far as having unions. ..what needs to be done is for new hires, give them a separate set of bargaining rules…people who have worked many years for their retirement, should not have to contend with the government who now wants to take it away.. government employees have always maintained the pension system until the USA went into an economic down fall…whose fault is that? …..It certainly is not the fault of the employees worked the many years to attain a retirement maybe elected officials should give up their pensions, as well as their increase in pay instead of taking it away from those who actually work….

  2. The issue isn’t that the government is taking away anybody’s retirement. People in the private sector work many years for their retirement, too, but they have to contribute to their own retirement funds, unlike government employees. Government employees also have much more lucrative pension plans than the vast majority of the taxpayers who are picking up the tab for the government employees’ extravagant pension plans.

    Government employees are not a separate class who deserve more than the people who pay their salaries and benefits. Governor Walker’s plan required them to contribute less than half of the national average of what private sector workers contribute for their benefits and pensions. How could anybody consider that unfair?

  3. The really encouraging thing about the Walker victory is that it shows we have not passed the tipping point beyond which free enterprise and personal accountability cannot be recovered from democratic socialism. We can save ourselves.

    There is no objection or fallacy in contributing to a worker’s retirement. The fly in the buttermilk is that collective bargaining for the benefits is not an adversarial process. As a result we have the unsustainable situation wherein our officials owing their re-election to the unions have been cajoled into promising guaranteed benefits not contributions. That is actuarily impossible.

  4. Linda Sutter: I am a retired Public Employee and former Union member. When our country goes into deep financial crisis, probably a Depression, there has be shared sacrifice by all citizens. Most of the time, Public Employees are insulated against layoffs even when private sector employment goes drastically down. The cost of Public Employment with full benefits and retirements simply can not be sustained by the taxpaying public including tax payers who work for the government. Governor Walker was maintained in office because a significant number of Public Employees voted to retain him. Why? Because he saved their jobs. Otherwise, many of them would be unemployed and on food stamps. Too often, I have observed that Public Employee Union Leaders (not the rank and file) around America dig in their heels and refuse to give into making concessions until they are forced. Look what happened in San Jose’s Election last Tuesday. (A much more Democratic area than Oregon) A Democrat Mayor led the way to make the Public Employees pay more for retirement or suffer a lower benefit later. It was not even close with 71% Voting Yes. If I were still working, I would keep my mouth shut and be glad that I still had a job.

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