I like that Scott Walker is the first Wisconsin governor in 64 years without a university degree and admitted to a 2.59 GPA when he left Marquette University one semester shy of a bachelor’s degree. I’ll take that any day over the imposter we now have in the White House. Chuck Norris has chimed in too throwing his support behind Walker, calling Walker’s recall the OK Corral for Democrats.
With all eyes on Wisconsin and the recall election outcome less than 48 hours away, we have guest-blogger, Donna Sweere of Kailua-Kona to thank for this synopsis on Walker’s first two years:
In 16 months Governor Walker has erased a $3.6 Billion dollar budget deficit.
Property taxes up more than 40% since 1998 are now down for the first time in years.
Unemployment is down from 7.7% to 6.7%.
An increase of 23,000 jobs in 2011 was confirmed by the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development from 95% of actual employers reporting gains (despite an earlier Bureau of Labor survey of only 4% of employers who guessed and reported a loss of 33,000 jobs).
Wisconsin’s ‘Best State for Business‘ ranking by Chief Executive Magazine, moved up to 20th from 41st in one year.
As a result of Walker union reforms (Act 10), most public employees now contribute 5.8% of their salaries to their pensions. (Why not 50%?).
Likewise, most public employees now pay 12% of the cost of their own health insurance premiums. (Why not 50%?)
Three months before the election an interview in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published that “The way the proposal would work is we would take the choice out of the collective bargaining process.” Now many employees love the choice of not having union dues automatically withheld from their paychecks.
When Walker did that, the unions orchestrated raucous protests (causing million$ in damages to State property). Senate Democrats fled to Illinois for weeks to block the vote. The bill passed, survived legal challenges and became law.
With Walker reforms, the Neenah School District saved $1.8 Million on health insurance and raised the minimum teacher pay by 18%.
Milwaukee Public Schools avoided the Walker reforms with existing contracts and have experienced two waves of layoffs.
Restoring collective bargaining rights for public employees ranked 4th in a poll of voters. Creating new jobs was the top choice of voters.
Governor Walker’s promise to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term with 2 years to go, has created 23,000 (with the recall distraction) so far. He has been hammered by his opponent, Mayor Barrett about jobs.
But under Mayor Barrett, Milwaukee’s unemployment is over 28%, taxes and fees have gone up 43%, and Milwaukee is the ninth poorest city in the country.
Under Walker’s voluntary union membership, county & state employee membership has decreased by 45%. Not surprisingly, national unions have been called in to defeat Walker.
The Union’s promise to start a “bloody civil war” in Wisconsin has been kept. Character assassination and extortion are familiar to Wisconsinites. Governor Walker’s effort to pass a Voter ID bill was defeated by a circuit judge and Walker’s greatest concern going into the recall election is the ‘likelihood of voter fraud”.
In summary, Walker explains,
“We didn’t have to raise taxes. We didn’t lay off thousands of public employees. We didn’t cut Medicaid–in fact I was actually able to add more money to Medicaid than any governor in Wisconsin history. And we didn’t use budget tricks. If we hadn’t done what we did, there’s no way we’d have been able to avoid one of those, if not all of them.”
All eyes to Wisconsin on Tuesday. This is a watershed vote for all conservatives!
~Remember: The government has NO resources. They produce NOTHING. They can only take from one group and give to others they feel more worthy of their largess (buying votes). Support tax reform!