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Gov. Walker Survives Recall Vote

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 6, 2012

In Wisconsin yesterday Gov. Scott Walker survived an attempted recall vote by a 53% to a 46% margin.  The election centered on the power and demands of government employee unions.  Last year Gov. Walker limited collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin public employees and also made these employees pay for more of their pension and healthcare benefits costs.  These actions directly led to the recall attempt.

The results in Wisconsin are significant on various fronts.  First, voter turnout was heavy making the outcome a legitimate test of the electorates’ desires.  In addition, Wisconsin is a middle-of-the-road state has traditionally had a liberal leaning.  Finally, Barack Obama beat John McCain by 14% margin just three years ago, an indication that the race will be tighter in this fall’s presidential election.

The Left has attempted to portray the election in Wisconsin as a mean-spirited conservative attempting to trample on working men in women rights.  This false narrative ignores the reality that benefit costs for state workers are at crisis levels.  According to the Pew Research Center state governments owe in excess of $1 trillion to public health care programs and pensions.  The Left’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis is bizarre and self-serving.

In a victory speech after election Walker said: “Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the world that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions.  But now it is time to move on and move forward in Wisconsin.”  If only it was this simple.

During periods of deleveraging as we now face, people are hurt economically.  As the belt-tightening continues, special-interest groups, whether labor unions or large corporations, lobby to have the other guy pay the piper.  Each will continue to claim noble reasons for being spared the cuts.  At the end of the day is merely self-interest.

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