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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Why the Wisconsin recall election results should matter to you...

So the past couple days I've been thoroughly pumped about Scott Walker's resounding recall election victory this past Tuesday.  Not only did he win, but so did his Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch (and if anyone wants an inspiring American story, just read about her) and 3 out of the 4 Senate seats up for recall.  Yeah, the Democrats won majority with that singular win, but it's a moot point since the state senate will not be in session until after the general election in November, which will undoubtedly shake things up again.  Anyway, didn't mean to get too off topic, but the point being that this was a big win in so many ways.  And I was a bit saddened to realize that not many people, every day down to earth Americans, know or really care about it.

Not that I was surprised really.  In fact, before I started reading Breitbart and other conservative blogs, the most I knew about the Wisconsin recall election was the governor pissed off the entire state.  And that's probably what many people think, if they even know who Scott Walker is.  But, unlike a lot of political news, even Breitbart's Obama Vetting coverage (which I think is great), the Recall election is something I feel every day citizens should know about.  In one event, we witness the embodiment of liberal propaganda and union thuggery at work while also watching conservatives fight back and prevail.  It's a story of every day American conservatives fighting back against the liberal narrative and the union's scare tactics.  If there's any symbol of hope that every Americans can take back their country from the liberal bullying that's ruining our nation, the victory in Wisconsin is it.

First, let's talk about what happened:

In the fall of 2010, Republican Scott Walker, running on a platform of reform won the Wisconsin gubernatorial election.  The left didn't like this very much and almost immediately they began working toward recalling Walker.  Walker, not being a slouch and wanting to stuff done, immediately went into action. Barely a couple months into his term, he introduced the bill to the state legislation.

With a Republican majority, the Democrats knew the bill would pass along party lines.  So what did they do?  They did everything they could to keep the bill from passing, including 14 democratic senators fleeing the state to Illinois to avoid having the bill come to vote.  You see, because the bill touched on financial matters, there was a quorum (minimum amount of voters) that needed to be met. Without those 14 senators, the state Senate didn't have the quorum and couldn't put the bill to a vote.

Let's stop a sec for a quick aside.  Because this is the first point in showing how much liberals do not really believe in democracy.  They only believe in it when the majority aligns with what they think is right.  They deliberately stopped doing their jobs, the jobs that they were elected to do, because they didn't like the anticipated outcome of the vote.  So instead of doing their duty, they tried to short circuit and undermine the legislative system.  It's a disgusting tactic.  While stall tactics are common in politics, you generally play within the rules.  It's one thing to dissent and disagree and argue about a law.  It's a completely different thing to deliberately derail the system that's in place because things aren't going the way you want them to.  And liberals do this type of stuff all the time.  Don't think so?  Look at how many times Obama has tried to get around the Constitution to do what he wants.  Look how often he relies on crony agencies to create an enact laws.  Look at how Eric Holder's DOJ is trying every tactic possible to keep from having to comply with a court order that demands the release of all the documents surrounding Fast and Furious.

Ok, back to the story.

Despite several increasingly vehement attempts by Walker to get his missing legislative members back on the job, the democratic senators sat smugly in Illinois, thinking they had beaten him.  Except, they didn't.  Instead of trying to get the required quorum, Republicans altered the bill so that it no longer required a quorum at all.  Since the only piece that required a quorum was about money, they just took at that stuff, keeping in the stuff that actually mattered.  It was put to a vote and, of course, it passed.

This seriously pissed off the unions and recall action went immediately into effect.  The unions brought in protestors from all over to march on the capital, destroying public property, and generally making life miserable for everyone else.  Signatures were acquired, even though some were against the law (there's some law the prevents public law offices from participating in things like these), but alas there was enough to send Walker, his Lt. Gov and 4 Senators to recall.  The left cheered loudly.  It was a proud day for "democracy" and the "working class" and all that other quasi Marxist rhetoric that's thrown about.

And then Andrew Breitbart came to a Wisconsin Tea Party rally.  His words, and the way he was able to connect the dots between the protests, Big Labor and democrats ignited a grass roots effort by the Tea Party and Republicans. The supposedly irrelevant Tea Party and that cracked out, crazy Andrew Breitbart.  They started to fight back.

Also, something very awesome started to happen.  The reforms Walker put in place started to work almost immediately in every county that adopted them.  There was quantitative and undeniable success right in everyone's face.  Suddenly, the gloating unions and democrats, sure of their ousting of Walker, weren't so certain any longer.

Let's talk about the Reform Act for a moment.  Why did the reform act piss off the unions?  What was going on?  Here's what it was like before Walkers reforms:

Pretty much all of the public school teachers in Wisconsin belong to a union, the biggest being the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC).  These unions had collective bargaining rights which allowed to negotiate with the state on just about everything.  Membership to a union was compulsory.  On top of that, union dues were automatically deducted from a teacher's paycheck.

With the power the unions had, they were able to aggressive "negotiate" contracts with the state counties, giving its workers proportionately exorbitant compensation packages.    Ok so what? Teachers should get paid well for the job they do, right?  Yes, they should, but no, it didn't justify what was going on here.

You see, these cost of these contracts were immense.  And remember, being public workers, who pays for their salaries?  That's right, the Wisconsin taxpayer.  Because of this stranglehold that the unions had, most of a school districts' budget went to paying these teachers and their unions.  This left little to work with after the fact, forcing schools to cut back on jobs and/or programs.  But more importantly, the compensation packages were just unsustainable.  It was bankrupting the state.

And it's not like these public employees were merely getting paid fairly.  On average, the public sector worker was making a whopping 28% more than their private sector counterparts.  So the workers making 28% less are having their taxes pay for the ever increasing burden of a public sector making over a quarter more.

That's where Walker came in.  His reform bill restricted public employee collective bargaining, wresting control of the school districts from the unions and giving them back to the counties.   Teachers were no longer required to join a union and automatic union deductions stopped.  By giving the power back to the counties, they were able to make fiscal decisions that made sense and weren't being held hostage by an unbudging union knowing full well they had them over a barrel.  (In a quick example: In a few districts, the unions would not budge on the outrageous cost of the mandatory insurance the districts had to purchase.  Yet, after the reforms, the rates mysteriously dropped to reasonable prices.  Some districts told them where to stick it.  I would have too.)

All this means that the unions, without their compulsory dues and their absolute bargaining power, now were looking at a severe loss in dues and income.  In other words, they saw their survival at stake.  Ultimately this is what pissed them off:  They lost control of the racket they've been running and weren't too happy about it.  Walker and his ilk had to go.

Which brings me to my next point:  Liberals and their union buddies will do everything they can to hold on to their power.  Law and voting results be damned.  They know what's best, not everyone who voted in the majority.  The irony being they somehow are the "open minded" and "little guy" party, but seem to conveniently be close minded to the little guys that don't share their opinion who happen to outnumber them.

Ok, so back to the story...

The unions were pissed, recalls were scheduled, the Tea Party and Republicans rallied around the governor and his legislation with the courage to do the right thing.    The left pulled out all the stops.  Eric Holder's DOJ even sent some people to monitor for election fraud.  Except, they didn't monitor the heavily left leaning areas where reports of intimidation and fraud came from.  For instance, milwaukee reported a 119% registered voter turnout.  What that means is not only did every registered voter vote, but almost 20% more showed up and registered on the spot to vote.  The problem?  Numbers like that never happen.  Not to that degree.  Furthermore, conservative election judges were ignored when they noticed a person voting three times.  Some were thrown out.  The left sent out a mail shaming people into voting by exposing a neighbor's voting history to everyone else.  Jesse Jackson even had vans blast his vote message that drove around poor neighborhoods.  

Even then, despite the union spending $20 million dollars on the recall effort and all the other stops, the recall election provided overwhelming support for the incumbent Republicans.  Walker, the Republicans, and the Tea Party prevailed.

Ok, so WHY is this important?  Because if you're an average American that just goes by what's on the mainstream media, you'd have been told a story where the entire state of Wisconsin wanted Scott Walker gone.  You'd have been told that he was screwing over teachers and hurting students.  In short, you might just believe he's a jerk governor that somehow survived recall because he outspent his opponent.

Yet, when you look at what really happened in the state, you'd see a completely different picture.  If you were to see Scott Walker speak or go into the details, you'd see the truth of the matters.

So it's important first, because it exposes the mainstream media narrative that does its best to tell you what to think through its left leaning reporting, non reporting, and narrative framing.

It's also important because it also shows you that yes, conservative policies do indeed work.  It's important because it shows that we're not alone out there.  The left and the media would like you to believe that your conservative views are stupid, backwards, and in the minority.  But that's not the truth.  If Wisconsin is any indication, it shows there are more conservatives out there than liberals.

And finally, it's important because it shows that yes, we can fight back and make a difference if we the have the courage to not let the left bully us any longer.