Republican Governor Scott Walker won a decisive victory in Wisconsin yesterday; defeating Democrats and the national labor unions attempt to throw him out of office.
Walker has led the country in turning back the overweening power and privilege of Public Employee Unions. Bloated salaries and benefits payed-out to State and Municipal employees is bankrupting the States and cities. Successive Democrat Governors and Legislatures have made the Devil’s Bargain, giving away gilded benefits and salaries to Union workers (on the average far higher than those paid to private-sector employees) in return for Union campaign donations and support.
Civil Servants are supposed to serve the public; not lord it over them. But over time, the roles have become reversed; with the public seen by Unions and their hand-picked politicians as a cash-cow to be milked till dry.
Well, in most states the cow has run dry!
Walker earned the ire and brought down upon himself the wrath of the national labor establishment by daring to balance the budget by scaling back some of these benefits to reasonable proportions; the only fiscally responsible way. Democrats screamed for raising taxes on the citizens of Wisconsin yet again. But that well has been sucked empty!
Last year, the national Unions turned out their members in record numbers to protest Walker and the Republican State Senate’s legislation. For months, the protesters nearly shut down the Wisconsin State House; essentially “occupying” the building!
But what Walker did to restore fiscal solvency was hardly draconian. Walker called on Public Employee Union members to pay a small co-pay on their lavish insurance packages; less in fact than the co-pays demanded on average from the rest of us in our own private employer sponsored health care plans. Even more controversial was Walker’s actions to strip the Unions of their collective bargaining rights; necessary to get rid of non-productive teachers and civil servants in over-staffed and over-funded bureaucracies. It should be noted that Federal Employees do not have collective bargaining rights; something not often pointed out when President Obama decries Governor Walker’s actions.
Walker’s victory will embolden Governors (and, hopefully, our next President) to take on the entrenched power of the Unions and the Democrat establishment; and restore fiscal sanity and solvency to our State governments.
Congratulations, Governor Walker! You have won the first great battle to save our future!
Word of Walker’s victory has reached the Devil’s General Staff in Hell! See Hitler (Satan’s ground commander) rage as word of the Democrat’s defeat in Wisconsin reaches his subterranean/subterrestrial headquarters!