A win for Wisconsin

Voters stand by governor's template for fiscal sanity

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The message out of Wisconsin couldn’t have been clearer Tuesday night: Voters wanted a strong leader to make tough decisions and lead a rescue from fiscal disaster.

Gov. Scott Walker kept his seat in a recall election that pitted him, a defender of taxpayers, against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who threw his lot in with public-sector unions determined to bleed state coffers dry.

Opposition hyperbole flourished. One protester, as the votes piled up for Walker, bemoaned to a CNN reporter that “democracy died tonight.” Rubbish. About 2.5 million voters – an estimated 58 percent of Wisconsin’s registered voters – showed up at the polls, and he said democracy died?

And consider this prevarication: CNN’s website ran the headline “Walker survives recall election” – as if the governor’s 7 percent victory margin could be considered barely scraping by.

No, no, no – you know what survived? Fiscal sanity.

Walker ran for and won office in 2010 on a pledge to reverse Wisconsin’s gaping multibillion-dollar deficit by trimming government spending instead of relying on more burdensome taxes. And that trimming meant putting long-needed limits on unionized government workers.

And those workers screamed when Walker pushed his platform requiring public workers to pay more of a fair share toward their pensions.

They exploded in protest when Wisconsin legislators passed a bill logically limiting public-sector union pay raises to the rate of inflation.

They howled when the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Walker and the legislature legally – and we would add responsibly – put a rein on public workers’ collective bargaining rights.

Every step of the way, irate workers and their sympathizers clawed desperately at the power and taxpayers’ money that unions have clung to since Wisconsin became the first U.S. state, in 1959, to institute collective bargaining rights for public workers.

That kind of bargaining on the citizen’s dime cannot continue if Wisconsin’s government is to remain solvent.

And the voters agreed. In the words of Henry Olsen of the American Enterprise Institute: “After $100 million and national attention for 17 months, the Wisconsin voters have said, in their polite Midwestern way, ‘Yeah, we really meant it.’”

Union workers tried to feed the public a diet of red herring by flogging this as a labor-rights issue, when it was a fiscal issue from the get-go. What about taxpayers’ rights? Would you like to see up-close what happens when public-sector unions get the upper hand? Buy a ticket to Greece.

Pundits are busily debating how Tuesday’s results could affect this fall’s presidential election. Henry Olsen called Walker’s legislation a “defunding of the Democratic-party shock troops.” Also, Walker’s win could embolden governors to take similar brave stands to repair their states’ economies.

It’s an encouraging path to recovery, and the roadwork continued Tuesday in Wisconsin.

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JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 06/07/12 - 03:54 am
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The funny thing is the left

The funny thing is the left disintegrating with the Democrat woman slapping Tom Barrett, the loser. MSNBC went on and on saying the whole election process doesn't work anymore. The networks had the race a deadheat using exit polls data and they couldn't accept the actual huge margin of defeat. They wondered aloud how the results could differ so much from the exit polls.

I'll tell them why, conservatives quietly cast their ballots and left. The leftists screamed and ranted around the polls to anyone who would listen to them. Conservatives have slapped them hard, grabbed them by the back of the collar, thrown them out of the state house, told them to take a bath and get back to work.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 06/07/12 - 05:06 am
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And not a word about these

And not a word about these same voters restoring the Wisconsin State Senate to Democratic control?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/07/12 - 06:07 am
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Rationalizing

Whatever gets you through the day. Hopefully this election is a harbinger of things to come.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/07/12 - 06:12 am
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Campaign

Campaign contributions:
WALKER, SCOTT
REPUBLICAN
GOVERNOR
Won - Recall Election
$30,492,244

BARRETT, TOM
DEMOCRAT
GOVERNOR
Lost - Recall Election
$3,948,627

copperhead
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copperhead 06/07/12 - 06:14 am
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The libs are crying! Wonder

The libs are crying! Wonder if they will want ANOTHER do-over?

copperhead
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copperhead 06/07/12 - 06:16 am
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Techfan,show us how much

Techfan,show us how much hussein has spent,please.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/07/12 - 06:16 am
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RETIRED ARMY
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I heard about the Dems winning the Wis. senate on...wait for it...FOX NEWS! Still, we all know the Dems, and the unions, were banking on Walker being thrown out. I'm sure after Gray Davis was drop kicked in California, the Dems haven't lived down that black eye. The voters kept Walker. Imagine that. Years later, MASS voters put in Scott Brown as senator after DECADES of Dems owning that state. In 2010, the voters kicked San Fran Nan's tuckus to the curb in the house. And polls are showing that Obama will indeed be a "one termer." Sorry, those pesky facts just keep getting in the way, don't they?

copperhead
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copperhead 06/07/12 - 06:22 am
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Oh,that's right,hussein is

Oh,that's right,hussein is campaigning on the taxpayer's dime.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/07/12 - 06:23 am
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COPPERHEAD
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Don't be surprised if Tech ignores you. According to Bloomberg, the Obama campaign spent $740 million in 2008, give or take a few million. That'll be cab-fare compared to what his campaign will spend this year. Why do you think he's hitting the Hollywood crowd so much, and offering "A dinner with the President and first lady" if you send in a donation? And this is the party of the working class? Yeah, I'm laughing too.

TParty
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TParty 06/07/12 - 06:24 am
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RA: No, not one word because

RA: No, not one word because the only reason anyone cared outside the state of Wisconsin about their election was the recall portion.

JBA: It was not a landslide- that's just some weird talking point by Fox News. 52 percent to 47 percent is not an "actual huge margin of defeat". And democrats did retake the State Senate.

TParty
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TParty 06/07/12 - 06:25 am
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Teachfan: How much money did

Teachfan: How much money did Obama raise compare to McCain? The one who raises the most money wins elections. Funny how that works now.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/07/12 - 06:32 am
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.

Around $104 million by Obama, $89 million by Romney, but these figures don't include SuperPac spending.
Here's the breakdown by interest groups. Big lead for GOP http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/index.php
Here's the top 20 PACs: http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/toppacs.php?cycle=2012&Type=R&filter=P
You know you can look this stuff up yourself, don't you?

Techfan
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Techfan 06/07/12 - 06:33 am
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T: Did you count PAC and

T: Did you count PAC and outside group spending for 2008?

Techfan
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Techfan 06/07/12 - 06:34 am
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Of course a 10 to 1 spending

Of course a 10 to 1 spending advantage couldn't influence an election.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/07/12 - 06:35 am
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And again, you obviously have

And again, you obviously have a computer, you can look up the figures yourself.

TParty
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TParty 06/07/12 - 06:39 am
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The point is that Obama

The point is that Obama raised a lot of money too. Was that wrong? He is probably going to raise a lot of money again. Is that wrong?

copperhead
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copperhead 06/07/12 - 06:47 am
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Techfan,do you think there

Techfan,do you think there should be a limit on what candidates can raise? If so,what would be the limit? Would your limits only apply to conservative candidates?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/07/12 - 06:49 am
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TECH
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Sorry pal, but you're beginning to sound like the kid at school, whining about not being picked to play on the softball team. The liberals, Dems, Obama, and big unions LOST Tuesday...BIGTIME! Grow a pair and just accept the fact.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/07/12 - 06:51 am
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how much free exposure did

how much free exposure did the unions and dims get from the media?? for months we heard the union side day in and day out..the dims ran away to other states...and techfan you cannot add up how much the foot soldiers for the unions contributed in time. but thats ok. but i quess the biggest question is how can collective bargaining be fairr to the every day citizen when on one side of the table you have union who contribute mightly to the otherside of the table the dims that give them the goodies...of course these so called collective rights had to change...who represented the common taxpayer...and if the unions were so dang good why did the union lose so many member this last year or so...oh its called feredom to choose..something they didnt have b/4f..

copperhead
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copperhead 06/07/12 - 07:05 am
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Techfan,hussein has raised

Techfan,hussein has raised $405,000,000 for his re-election

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/07/12 - 09:49 am
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reality check

Do ya think that once, just once, it was not about how much was spent on a campaign, but about the simple common sense that you must stop spending money you don't have?

If all the liberals can rant against is campaign money, then that's very telling. Not a single comment here about the solid win for a candidate who cut spending in order to right a sinking economic ship. I guess you can't argue against plain common sense.

Funny how quickly some folks will try to divert the focus of a story in order to avoid the obvious conclusion and impact of people simply voting to do the right thing.

allhans
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allhans 06/07/12 - 07:52 am
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With all the politicking

With all the politicking unions were doing,wow! such as running bus loads of voters to the polls and back, and some said giving them drinks and snacks...all that money and they just couldn't pull it out. (:))

From a day ago..Walker voters: 53% men 47% women. Not too bad.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/07/12 - 07:59 am
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Funny how Obama can raise all

Funny how Obama can raise all this money for his campaign but can't seem to do the same for the country. Shows you where his allegiance is-my bet he won't redistribute that wealth.

allhans
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allhans 06/07/12 - 08:10 am
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Obama is holding 3 fund

Obama is holding 3 fund raisers a day. NO sharing, here.
Evidently those with money didn't think Barrett would be a better governor than Walker. (Only 3 mil raised, pitiful).

"– WHEN OBAMA OUTSPENT MCCAIN BY 8-1, THE LEFT LOVED IT, BUT NOW THAT THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT... THE LEFT SAYS....."

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/07/12 - 08:06 am
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The power of these interest

The power of these interest in the Whitehouse is frightening. Only about 11-12% of the US population belongs to a labor union, yet look how this group is winning favor with Obama (yet the group is not representative of a large pop. of Americans).

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/07/12 - 08:06 am
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HOWCANWEKNOW
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Love your 8:41 post. It makes a good point. Expect more of this behavior from the liberals this fall. Think about it, their lapdog in the WH is the posterboy for incompetence. They can't debate his dismal record, so they have to divert attention elsewhere. Its all they have. Pitiful...just pitiful!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/07/12 - 08:50 am
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People are waking up to

People are waking up to realize the progressive controlled Dem party will not attempt to create a budget and decrease spending, want to increase the size of govt, and there only option is to raise taxes-first the wealthy but eventually everyone-just like the European model.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/07/12 - 08:29 am
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I'd vote for Gov. Walker for

I'd vote for Gov. Walker for PRESIDENT. What has happened in Wisconsin needs to happen at the federal level.

I don't care what party is in charge. Simply reduce the deficit!

john
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john 06/07/12 - 09:02 am
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run on..

they rarely run on issues, its distractions. money, hate cops, hate workers, hate old people, hate poor people. blah blah blah. I guess alot of people thought Walker was doing a good thing and chipped in.

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