Walker deserves praise, not recallTwo Democratic Party office holders in this state recently proposed their budgets.
By: By Keith Best, Superior Telegram
Two Democratic Party office holders in this state recently proposed their budgets. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett both asked public employees to contribute more to their own benefits. The irony here is that they would not have been able to do this without the governor’s reforms, which included ending collective bargaining privileges for public workers.
Supposedly, ending these privileges was a major factor in this past summer’s recall efforts against GOP state senators, but I never saw one campaign commercial mentioning this. Did you?
History was one of my favorite subjects in school and I learned that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, was not in favor of unions for public employees. Federal public employees are not unionized.
The state of Wisconsin made the mistake of allowing public employee unions to form 50 years ago. For clarification purposes, there is a big difference between private union employees, which are paid by a private company, and public union employees paid by the taxpayers.
Taxpayers have been abused by these privileges granted for far too long.
One of the abuses, for example, is Wisconsin Education Association (WEA) Trust, the teachers own health care provider, charging up to three times more than other health care providers to school districts. Districts around the state have been estimating savings in the millions of dollars.
As a result, massive teacher layoffs have been prevented, larger class sizes predicted by Democrats have not happened, and oh yeah, except where union contracts were extended before the new law was put in place.
Granted, a few in this state are upset that they had to chip in a little more toward their own benefits, but in most cases, it is still less than what we in the private sector have been paying for years.
Then there are those folks that claim that Gov. Scott Walker never campaigned on any of this. To those few I say, you didn’t pay close enough attention. As Milwaukee county executive, he butted heads with union leaders constantly. They were never willing to compromise, thwarting Walker at every turn.
So what is the bottom line here?
Starting Nov. 15, Democrats allied with myriad of left-wing groups and unions will collect signatures for a recall election against Walker. They’ll claim all sorts of reasons for this, but make no mistake … it’s all about power. They still can’t believe they lost last November when the majority of the people of Wisconsin chose a new direction.
Let me sum it up for you: A $3.6 billion budget deficit has been eliminated, the new budget balanced with a projected surplus, school districts saving boatloads of cash, all of this without raising taxes.
Gov. Walker should be recognized for the boldness of his leadership, a willingness to make tough decisions and not kick the can down the road. Instead of facing another nonsense recall election, Walker should be on the receiving end of a ticker-tape parade in every city, town and village in this state. He deserves our praise, reason being, ACT 10 is working.
To see how check out www.reforms.wi.gov as well as www.itsworkingwisconsin.com. Walker deserves to serve his full term, and then voters can again make a decision.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did away with collective bargaining in his state and his approval poll numbers slumped into the 30s, similar to where Walker’s were earlier. After his reforms had a chance to work his numbers jumped into the 60s.
One last point to ponder: A recall of the governor is expected to cost upward of $10 million — taxpayers’ money. Liberal Democrats are fine with spending money as long as it belongs to other people.
Keith Best is a member of the Executive Board of the Republican Party of Waukesha.