The election I speak of is the Scott Walker Recall Election in Wisconsin. Two weeks from today, on June 5th, the recall vote will take place. With polls showing Walker anywhere from 4 to 9 points ahead, and the state’s largest newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsing Walker, it’s not exactly looking rosy for the Democrats and the labor unions.
But it’s not a done deal yet. Despite losing the Wisconsin Supreme Court elections last year, the Senate recall elections, despite spending tens of millions of dollars on losing efforts, the unions are gearing up for one last push. Why? Because if Walker wins, after constant assault for nearly 18 months, it shows that pension and benefit reform for public sector unions can be done and won’t end someone’s political career.
Amidst all the weeping and gnashing of teeth, people need to take a step back and understand that Walker’s Budget Repair Bill is massively successful. Wisconsin may be able to book $154 million in surplus in 2013. When Walker took office in 2011, remember the deficit he was facing? $3.6 billion. Instead of bemoaning what an ogre Walker is (OK, maybe I exaggerate just a touch, but it sure seems like it at times), the mainstream media should be applauding the Wisconsin Miracle, especially in these economic times, which, if you haven’t noticed, aren’t the greatest.
So whatever you can do to help out Scott Walker, do it. It could be a contribution to his campaign. It could be a contribution to help out American Majority Action with its Liberty HQs doing door-to-door work (using the awesome tool, Gravity) with the help of local tea party volunteers. It could be even going yourself to Wisconsin to help out. The importance of what will take place on June 5th in Wisconsin cannot be underestimated: if Walker wins, it will empower other governors and legislators to follow in his footsteps. If he loses, it will have a chilling effect on much needed reform.
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