Governor Walker famously removed collective bargaining from public sector employees. We all know that government jobs (excluding armed services) are filled with gravy and perks that folks in the private sector only dream about. Those same private sector workers are the ones forced to pay for all these perks. This is not fair. I envy Wisconsin and their brave leader Scott Walker.
Not only did he free the tax payer from unlimited theft by these unions, he also balanced the budget. It's not impossible, even in this economy. He has turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a 154.5 million surplus without raising taxes one penny. Unemployment in Wisconsin is 6.7% against the US average of 8.2%. Even average income is higher in Walker's Wisconsin beating the US national average by 0.5%.
The single most informing statistic about the Wisconsin recall is this one:
Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state's second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011 (via American Thinker)That is just over a 54% drop. Public Sector Union members in Wisconsin were given the choice to be a member or nonmember. Amazing. The clear majority of unionized employees were involuntary members. If you've been in a unionized environment in Canada, you know that union membership is forced on all employees whether you want it or not. It is a clear sign that Unions are parasites on the workers they purport to represent. This is why Unions must have the dictatorial privilege to force entire shops and job sites into membership. The involuntary membership privilege is a key existential factor to the way unions operate around the world. Imagine if unions had to win the trust and cooperation of their membership to gather and keep members? Imagine how they would change for the better?
This is the reason that the big unions tried to recall Governor Walker. Wisconsin is the example that could not be allowed to stand. 900,000 signatures were collected over 2 months by the big unions to force the recall.
The union sponsored recall attempt not only failed, it has given Governor Scott Walker a resounding democratic mandate to keep doing what he is doing. Walker has won the recall by 8 points, more than he won the original election. The people want more!