Of course Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin is a poster boy for the Tea Party. The Tea Party stands for small government, low taxes, and the proven concept of the free market system and Walkerâ€™s onboard 150%. Whether Walker claims his Tea Party kudoâ€™s or not, he is still their champion. Of course there are others including New Jerseyâ€™s Governor Chris Christie who fights the same fight against public employees unions and to re-establish a pro business attitude in his state. But Walker is the rock star this week because of the recall election which occurs today.
This week we hear Walkerâ€™s Democrat opponent, Tom Barrett, talk about Walkerâ€™s legendary status among conservatives as if it were a bad thing. Jeeze louise.
Letâ€™s take a look at Walkerâ€™s record.
He all but eliminated a 3.6 Billion dollar budget deficit in just a little over a year. He stripped public workerâ€™s unions of their collective bargaining rights which put teachers and garbage collectors into the same canoe with the rest of us who must actually pay part of our health insurance protection costs. (Wow! Now thatâ€™s Draconian!) He did all of this without raising taxes on the people of Wisconsin.
When you consider that, over the past decades, public unions (whose members are teachers, firefighters and policemen whose services are essential to the captive audiences they serve) have grown at an astonishing rate while private sector unions (including carpenters, boilermakers, plumbers and electricians which do not have a monopoly on the sort of work they do) have withered on the vine, you get a good picture of why public unions play such an important part in the nationwide conversation around cutting government spending. Big unions are losing ground in the private sector and the Walker recall election may be the effective end of public union thuggery across the nation.
Itâ€™s practically a certainty that when Walker is left standing after the ballots are counted tonight, that states with similar union issues like California and Ohio to name just two, will soon be taking similar steps to divest public workerâ€™s unions of the club theyâ€™ve been using to assert themselves and their â€œrights.â€
The fact is, there is no place in public service for unions. The people to whom we trust essential services have no business using hired union muscle men to hold the taxpayers hostage. I canâ€™t say it any better than the New York Supreme Court did back in 1943.
â€œTo tolerate or recognize any combination of civil service employees of the government as a labor organization or union is not only incompatible with the spirit of democracy, but inconsistent with every principle upon which our government is founded. Nothing is more dangerous to public welfare than to admit that hired servants of the State can dictate to the government the hours, the wages and conditions under which they will carry on essential services vital to the welfare, safety, and security of the citizen. To admit as true that government employees have power to halt or check the functions of government unless their demands are satisfied, is to transfer to them all legislative, executive and judicial power. Nothing would be more ridiculous.â€
And so, Wisconsin friends, get out there and do your part for Wisconsin. But know also that you are doing your part for the entire country today. You are setting the agenda for the next decades with your ballot. Today you will vote to right a terrible wrong. Thank you.