Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’
Will the American Republic be restored? Or will we become like Greece, Italy, France, or worse?
WALL STREET JOURNAL: A single election rarely determines a democracy’s fate, but some matter more than others. Tuesday’s recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is one that matters a great deal because it will test whether taxpayers have any hope of controlling the entitlement state and its dominant special interests.
Specifically, we will learn if a politician can dare to cross government unions and survive. Mr. Walker isn’t facing this extraordinary midterm challenge because he and a GOP legislature asked public workers to pay 12.6% of their health insurance premiums and put 5.8% of their paychecks toward their pensions. Those are small sums compared to what private employees typically pay.
His political offense was daring to challenge the monopoly sway that public unions have come to hold over modern state government through collective bargaining. Public unions aren’t like private unions that negotiate labor terms with a single company or workplace. Public unions have outsize influence because they can often buy the politicians who are supposed to represent taxpayers. The unions effectively sit on both sides of the bargaining table.
Thus over time they have been able to extort excessive wages, benefits and pensions, as well as sweetheart contracts like the monopoly provision of health insurance. Their focused special interest trumps the general interest of taxpayers, who are busy making a living and lack the time to focus on politics other than during elections or amid a fiscal crisis.
Democrats—even liberals—once understood this danger and opposed collective bargaining for public workers. No less a Democratic hero than Franklin Roosevelt once said that collective bargaining “can not be transplanted into the public service.” As recently as the 1970s, Jimmy Carter signed the Civil Service Reform Act, which reduced collective-bargaining rights for federal employees. But as public unions began to dominate the modern labor movement, collective bargaining became a sacrosanct part of the liberal agenda.
SEAN TRENDE-REAL CLEAR POLITICS: If it holds up, the 7,316-vote victory claimed Monday night by Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge David Prosser over Democratic challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg would be a blow to liberals in the state. Prosser is a longtime Republican state legislator, and his victory would give conservatives a working 4-3 majority on the state’s high court.
Regardless of who eventually comes out ahead in the seemingly inevitable recount, however, Wisconsin clearly remains a bright “purple” state. This reality has significant implications for the upcoming recall elections, which we can now examine in more detail.
Overall, the prospects for a Democratic takeover of the state Senate this year appear slim, and are largely tied to the outcome in a district where the incumbent’s personal problems will likely play a larger role in the outcome than any backlash against the Walker administration. Indeed, Democrats could conceivably lose a seat or two, as they have some vulnerable members.
No new civility happening in Madison, Wisconsin, as government union thugs and other assorted Obama-style leftists took to the streets to protest a peaceful Tea Party rally.
These Leftists evidently equate patriotism and the National Anthem with the Tea Party. So when the National Anthem was played, these government union protesters just couldn’t restrain themselves (even for P.R. purposes).
Like Obama, they just don’t like this country very much.
You would think these liberals would at least pretend to be patriotic, if for no other reason than to win this political battle. But they just can’t help themselves. Their true colors always show through in the frenzy of the moment. Michelle has more of these public moments of candor (P.R. slip-ups, political gaffes) than Barack because she’s not a disciplined politician.
But they’re all birds of a feather. They all believe pretty much the same thing — that the United States of America is a problem. America is an Inconvenient Truth for liberals because America has shown that freedom actually works . . . and socialism doesn’t.
JAMES TARANTO-WALL STREET JOURNAL: The candidate on the losing end of Wisconsin’s hotly contested state Supreme Court race has started raising money for a recount,” the Associated Press reports in a dispatch this morning that could have been written any time in the past 2½ days. The AP buries the lead in a shallow grave, the second paragraph:
JoAnne Kloppenburg’s campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken, said Friday that fundraising efforts for a recount have begun, but she stopped short of saying the candidate would request one.
Huh? Didn’t Kloppenburg declare victory Wednesday, sitting atop a lead of more than 200 votes (out of some 1.5 million)? Didn’t MoveOn.org’s Steve Hughes confirm this in an email yesterday? Yes, he did:
We just had a HUGE win!!
I’m literally breathless. I’m witnessing history. Incumbent candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court generally get re-elected in a landslide. But in the general election yesterday, progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg closed the gap and, with 100% of precincts reporting, has beating [sic] conservative justice David Prosser!
We’ll bet Hughes is taking a HUGE breath now. Literally!!
Now that she’s lost, it’s fun to watch losing leftist JoAnne Kloppenburg declare victory yesterday her Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice election race against common-sense Constitutionalist David Prosser.
Turns out Prosser is probably going to win this race by several thousand votes after it was discovered that about 7,500 votes hadn’t been counted from a Republican-leaning suburb of Milwaukee.
There are many reasons this is such a hoot. For starters, conservatives never win these close races in Democrat-leaning states.
Yesterday, the Left was crowing with glee over their big supposed victory against Scott Walker. Here’s the text of an email Moveon.org sent out to its members:
Dear MoveOn member,
GREAT NEWS from Wisconsin, where students, teachers, and other progressives have been battling Gov. Scott Walker’s horrible attacks on workers and the middle class.
Everyone has expected Walker to rely on the state Supreme Court to rubber-stamp is arguably illegal agenda. But yesterday, a 13-year Republican incumbent Supreme Court justice tied to Walker lost an election to a progressive Democratic challenger—pretty amazing, considering the same judge won 99% of the vote in his last election.
The revolution that started in the Wisconsin statehouse is growing!
And not just in Wisconsin. Progressives are organizing in ways we haven’t in years all OVER the country in response to the same kinds of attacks we’ve seen in Wisconsin. If I told you last November, right after the election, that in five months we’d see an unprecedented wave of grassroots progressive energy across America, you probably would have called me crazy.
We’ve got to seize on this opportunity. We’re ready to build on the energy of Wisconsin with even bigger events nationwide, powerful new ad campaigns, and plans to engage millions of new people inspired by what’s happening. Can you chip in to help carry the momentum forward?
Well, now the momentum is going the other way — now that Prosser’s votes are actually being counted. It appears that Prosser (the good guy in the race) is going to win by a comfortable margin.
The Big Labor Unions staked everything on defeating Prosser and, by extension, Scott Walker. This was a huge turnout election. This election was all about whether the voters of Wisconsin like what Scott Walker is doing, or not. It was a referendum on Walker.
The conventional wisdom was that the voters of Wisconsin now hate Scott Walker and don’t like his union busting law. But it turns out the voters, even in liberal Wisconsin, do like what Walker has done. And they proved it with their votes here.
Even all that Big Labor Union money and all that screaming in the streets and defecating in the state capitol building could not carry Kloppenburg to victory. Prosser’s win is just a huge pie in the face for the Left.
What a humiliation this is for them.
This also has enormous national implications. Scott Walker’s victory here (by proxy) should do wonders for shoring up the GOP’s backbone on all kinds of issues. There’s just no reason to be worried anymore about the thuggery we see coming at us every day from the Left.
We’re winning. They’re losing. No reason whatsoever to back down. The voters, even in liberal Wisconsin, like what we’re trying to do. They like Scott Walker and Paul Ryan. And they like Judge David Prosser, who will vote on the Wisconsin Supreme Court to uphold Scott Walker’s government union busting law.
Just to remind you want this race is all about, watch this labor union protester literally foam at the mouth
WAUSA DAILY HERALD: State Sens. Joe Leibham and Glenn Grothman said they are among as many as 18 Republican senators who received a death threat following their votes to eliminate most collective bargaining powers for public workers.
The threat was sent in an e-mail late Wednesday with the subject, “Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!” according to a copy of the letter released by Grothman’s office. The e-mail also was addressed to Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau.
Grothman, R-West Bend, said the e-mail is the latest example of “a new height in incivility.” He said in recent weeks he has received obscene phone calls at all hours of the night, been jostled at the Capitol and has been shouted down during interviews.
I recommended weeks ago that they do this — calling it the “Hart Bypass Strategy”. Glad they finally figured out this obvious move.
All this angst and turmoil was completely unnecessary.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber’s missing Democrats.
All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair bill” — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.
The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday separated from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the bill a short time later.
The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday’s stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.
Nice folks, these government union thugs.
FOX News reporter hit by unionized teacher