Walker’s Wisconsin win a self-inflicted union defeat

June 6, 2012
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Scott Walker’s victory yesterday over union efforts to oust him was a self-inflicted defeat brought upon by their own ignorance of history and their bosses’ lust for power.

In its May 19th, 2012 editorial, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headlined with:  “We recommend Walker; his removal isn’t justified”

After dissecting both sides, the paper’s conclusion was:

“Even if you disagree with Walker’s policies, does that justify cutting short his term as governor? And if so, where does such logic lead? To more recall elections? More turmoil? It’s time to end the bickering and get back to the business of the state. We’ve had our differences with the governor, but he deserves a chance to complete his term.”

Such words coming from a paper in the very blue city of Milwaukee, such words also being some of the most adult words spoken in the entire debate.

In their rush to “punish” Walker and allies who dared speak truth to their power, Wisconsin public employee unions and national big labor set up a showdown that had they bothered to take a breath before rushing over the recall cliff they would have realized had no upside.

Even if they had succeeded in removing Walker from office they would not have erased the budget shortfalls brought on my excessive public union benefit and pension costs.

Shortfalls that were bankrupting not just the state, but the hundreds of county and local governments across it.

The narrative you will hear from the left is summed up in the video clip from CNN’s election night coverage. The obviously emotionally devastated Barrett supporter lost it:

“We’re not just disappointed, this is the end of democracy. We just got outspent 34 million to 4 million dollars. This was the biggest election in America, and I hope you keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you’re watching, democracy died tonight……….I’m very emotional because we all had a lot invested in this. This was it. If we didn’t win tonight the end of the USA as we know it, just happened. That’s it, we just got outspent, 34 million to 4 million dollars…….

I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that in his world, with what he’s been told, he really believes what he said, or the fact that there are untold more out there today who agree with him.

So indoctrinated are they that the only truth they know is what the unions and the media have told them. So dumbed down have they become that they cannot comprehend beyond a simpleton sound bite.

Cliché aside, it was, the typical mentality found all too often with the left today. Democracy only exists if that democracy returns a result they agree with.

If the voters dare to return a disagreeable result than it must be the fault of some vague “enemy of the people”.

And the “enemy” today is “outside money”. That terrible abomination called “Citizens United” that dared remove big labor’s ability to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to democrats while keeping wallets with opposing views tightly closed.

Touting that Walker raised 34 million to Barrett’s lowly 4 the Pravda narrative is that the election was not legitimate. That it was somehow bought by out of state special interests.

Yet that narrative leaves out he fact that big labor and the DNC had been pouring tens of millions into the state for months which is not counted against Barrett’s lowly 4 million.

To compare Walker’s months long accumulation against Barrett’s four weeks (the democrat primary was May 8th) is more than the proverbial apples to oranges, its blatantly dishonest. But that won’t stop the minion media from repeating the line over, and over and over.

Think I’m exaggerating? How many times have you heard it all ready? Now that you’re tuned in, start taking a mental note each time you hear it again.

The second falsehood that keeps getting repeated is that Walker took away the“right” to collective bargaining.

While true that Walker’s reforms took collective bargaining off the table, it is also true that it was never a “right” in the first place. Only the truly delusional believe that one group of Americans (public unions) should have the “right” to hold another group of Americans (taxpayers) hostage to ever increasing pay, benefits, and pensions.

Even the icon of the modern progressive movement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew government unions were a bad idea. In a letter to Luther C. Steward, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, in August of 1937, Roosevelt wrote that while he understood the desire of public employees to unionize he just could not agree because:

………..”meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations………………..

…….Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.”………..

Yes, it’s true. Yes, those words are from the lion of the left stating in no uncertain terms, public employee unions were NOT in the best interest of the public at large.

Two decades later, George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO stated succinctly in 1955 that:

“It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”

In the 1970’s big labor was facing a free fall in private union membership and its bosses saw their political clout and perks of power vanishing with it.

Stuck solid in the concrete of their ideology they could not bring themselves to accept the reality of a changing world so they embarked upon organizing public employees to replace the coffers. Dues were dues after all. Whether they come from private industry or on the backs of taxpayers it doesn’t matter to the party bosses, it all spends the same.

And so here we are.

America facing a fiscal crisis like never before in her history. Local, county and state governments across the country buckling under the burdens of unrealistic contracts negotiated by politicians, for politicians.

It is the perfect scheme. “We’ll give you whatever you want now, that you contribute the dues money back to us later, and in four years we’ll sit down and do it all over again.”

In the real world it’s called money laundering and people go to jail.

Scott Walker saw it for exactly what it was and did exactly what he said he’d do to end it.

It almost cost him the governor’s office. Instead it has shown that the chains can be broken.

Much is owed to the those wonderful dwainbwains who rushed in for recall without an ounce of thought as to what they were really doing.

But we owe even more to the over 1.3 million Wisconsin voters who dared stand with Walker and keep their state on a path back to fiscal sanity.

We can only hope that six months from now, the rest of the country does the same.

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2 Responses to Walker’s Wisconsin win a self-inflicted union defeat

  1. A Nonny Moose on June 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Twitter is full of raving lunatics calling for Walker’s death today. And the media reaction to that? Crickets. Maybe we’ll get lucky and one of them will slip up and post a map of Wisconsin with surveyor’s marks on it…

    It is funny in a terribly sad sort of way to see the left’s reaction to this. Let’s get this straight: An election is held, the winner of that election dares to make a sensible move that upsets a powerful group which is typically opposed to sensible moves, as a result they force a stupid, expensive, and ridiculous recall election, that recall election is held and the previous winner wins again, and this, ladies and gentlemen, is somehow the death of democracy? It’s the very essence of democracy, even the ridiculous recall part of it. But as you noted, in their warped minds, any result that isn’t exactly what they want means the system is flawed, dead, destroyed by those who dare to hold an opinion which differs from their own. Kind of reminds one of the sports fans who cannot accept a defeat of their favorite team without screaming “the refs were paid off!”, or “the league had it in for us, they want the other team to win”. It’s never that they had an inferior team (or candidate, or entire ideology).

    It goes back to what I posted earlier about the need to paint those who disagree with us as somehow less than human, as villains of the first degree. Once we accomplish that, we can attribute to them any and all sorts of nastiness without the slightest pangs of conscience, because if they’re as evil as we have convinced ourselves they are, then they deserve all the bad things they get! Walker can’t just be wrong, in the opinion of the radicals up there. No, he has to be flat-out evil. He rapes puppies and kills grandmothers and burns down union halls and deserves to die, die, DIE! Sickening.

    As for me, I’m loving the result. Now we can sit back, watch union membership in Wisconsin plummet, and watch Wisconsin prosper, or at least prosper as much as any state can in the Obameconomy.

    • Geoff Caldwell on June 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      And “over there” Anson is left to himself to try to point out any reason. (why he continues to try still escapes my but…..)
      The latest rants “over there” keeps putting public unions on the same plane as private unions. They are two completely distinct animals and as I point out, only came to being when private membership began to decline and a new revenue source was needed. If Republicans would have had a spine 40 years ago, this public employee union crap would have never gotten started.
      For crying out loud, when you’ve got FDR and George Meany on your side what more do you need?
      I watched that idiot in the video live last night. (I tape one channel and watch the other live to get a feel for how the other side is covering it. NO, I can’t bring myself to watch MSNBC coverage but CNN comes a second close these days.)
      I couldn’t believe what I was seeing but then again I could. He was exactly the mindless robot the left churns out these days.
      I always get a kick out of all those polls showing Fox viewers or talk radio, et al being ill informed. Yet here you have Mr. Idiot declaring “democracy died” because voters said “no, we’re not going to keep working our asses off to give you more than what we have, you selfish, insolent little bastard”.
      I wish someone would do the same kind of poll on the libs only base it upon the founding freedoms, the Federalist papers, and a little thing they always spout but seem to know so little about: The United States Constitution.
      2010 scared the hell out of the left and no matter what the minion media is pouring forth, I assure you, the left is scared shitless that for the first time in two generations they may finally be exposed for what they are: Lying, worthless parasites who if left to their own devices without the power of government coercion would be nothing more than dinosaur droppings frozen in amber to be discovered a few millions years in the future.

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