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I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Fence sitters and Anti-Walker People Please Read This!

2012 Election, Collective Bargaining, Democrats, Jim Doyle, Kathleen Falk, Liberals, Public Sector Unions, PUP, Recall, Scott Walker, tom Barrett, Wisconsin

Here is a snippet from a Wall Street Journal Article.


Before you read it remember we were all told the recall was about (CB) Collective Bargaining and now that the left knows most people are okay with what Walker did and understand it had to be done, they are running away from CB as the issue!


So all of you that voted for Walker before and thought Walker did on the CB was wrong and now voting for Barrett will restore it, because he used it and knows it had to be done and WILL NOT restore it!


So you one issue voters that say, “Then I will just stay home!”  remember what life was like under Doyle because that is what we will go back to.


From the WSJ


Wisconsin Recall Amnesia


Why aren't Democrats running against Scott Walker's union reforms?


So, let's see.  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the front-runner, has focused his campaigns on jobs, education, the environment and "making communities safer.”  One of Mr. Barrett's ads singles out "Walker's War on Women," with nary a mention of collective bargaining.  Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is heavily supported by union groups, but even her issues list makes only passing reference to collective bargaining.


No wonder.  Since Mr. Walker's reforms went into effect, the doom and gloom scenarios have failed to materialize.  Property taxes in the state were down 0.4% in 2011, the first decline since 1998.  According to Chief Executive magazine, Wisconsin moved up four more places this year to number 20 in an annual CEO survey of the best states to do business, after jumping 17 spots last year.


The Governor's office has estimated that altogether the reforms have saved Badger State taxpayers more than $1 billion, including $65 million in changes in health-care plans, and some $543 million in local savings documented by media reports.  According to the Wisconsin-based MacIver Institute, Mayor Barrett's city of Milwaukee saved $19 million on health-care costs as a direct result of Mr. Walker's reforms.  Awkward turtle.


Some of the good news has been in the schools, because districts have been able to avoid teacher layoffs and make ends meet because of flexibility created by the changes.  In the Brown Deer school district, savings created by pension and health-care contributions from employees allowed the school to prevent layoffs and save some $800,000 for taxpayers.


All of this is making an impression on Wisconsin voters.  According to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday, only 12% of Wisconsin voters say "restoring collective bargaining rights" is their priority, which explains the Democratic decision to fight on other issues.


Mr. Walker's reforms were a modest but necessary response to the state's fiscal problems, and the proof is in the emerging results.  The union reaction was so ferocious because the reforms reduced Big Labor's clout over state and local taxpayers and thus its ability to milk taxpayers year after year without challenge.


Democrats and unions will still do all they can to recall Mr. Walker to prove to would-be reformers nationwide that unions can't be crossed.  But it speaks volumes that Democrats are running on everything except their real goal—which is to restore the political dominance of government unions.



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