Yes, I haven’t blogged at all in the last week. I’ve been on vacation, so sue me. Even I need a little me time. Unfortunately, there was a whole bunch of things that went on that need to be talked about. So I am going to hit the most obvious one first.
Scott Walker became the first governor to survive a general recall election last week. If you don’t think that is a big deal, think again. Wisconsin has been a heavily blue state since the end of the Reagan years, but Scott Walker, a republican, managed to win election to the governor’s office on a campaign of reform for a state running a 3.6 Billion dollar deficit. When he got into office he did exactly as he said he would and broke the hold of the unions sucking the life out of Wisconsin. He changed the pension plan for Wisconsin employees, making them responsible for their share of their own pensions. Then he limited raises to the rate of inflation and ended automatic dues collection by the state while requiring public unions to re-certify. Additionally, he busted the monopoly on health insurance in the education system. All the districts were paying massive premiums to WEA-Trust, the healthcare corporation that was the single provider of health insurance. The corp. was also owned by the Union. Reports indicate they overcharged the market price for benefits at or around 2 million dollars per district.
The thing here is, Unions didn’t like it that Walker had taken them to task, and stripped away some of their power as well as their ability to fleece the state to the tune of millions and millions of dollars. The reforms Walker enacted are a win for everyday citizens, a win for entrepreneurs and business men, competition, and equality. But unions don’t like to play fair and they want their graft, kickbacks, and political advantage.
So, they started a massive campaign to conduct a recall election. They ended up getting their way, but they did not fool the everyday citizen of Wisconsin, who understood that Walker was only doing what was good for the state. Don’t cite the amount of cash spent in disparate amounts or commercials as the reason for the win by Walker. Walker won quite simply because he was elected on a reform platform in 2010 and in 2012 during the recall that election was reconfirmed by the voters. Democrats and liberals have been lamenting the amount of cash spent by Walker and the republican machine for ads and the whatnot, but I’ll tell you right now fancy ads and lots a money spending by a political organization don’t change the ideological thought of individual people. That Scott Walker posted almost the same results in his recall election as he did in his 2010 election only means the vast majority of people have been satisfied with what he is doing.