On, Wisconsin!

Governor's leadership provides much-needed stability to struggling state

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Wisconsin is busy celebrating the University of Wisconsin’s third-ever appearance in college basketball’s Final Four.

How about a few cheers for how the state’s conservative leadership is moving the struggling blue state toward prosperity?

Most of the success is because of Gov. Scott Walker, whose plan to return nearly half of a $1 billion budget surplus back to residents in the form of property and income tax cuts recently sailed through the state’s legislature.

His simple philosophy – that citizens can oversee their money better than bureaucrats – is one we wish more of this country’s leaders would follow.

The 46-year-old Republican attracted the media spotlight in 2011 when he fought, and beat, the out-of-control public-sector labor unions that had drained the state’s finances for decades. The battle, which drew national attention when a group of Democratic legislators tried to block reform efforts by fleeing the state, became personal when opposition groups began harassing his elderly mother and teenage son.

Vanquished at the statehouse, Big Labor then poured tens of millions of dollars into a recall election, which Walker won with help from beleaguered taxpayers.

Today, Wisconsin is a better place. Its latest unemployment rate, 6.1 percent, is down from 9.2 percent in 2009. And more than 106,100 private-sector jobs have been created since Walker took office three years ago.

Amazing things happen when people can spend, save and invest more of their own money.

Of course, liberals and their mainstream-media cheerleaders would prefer you didn’t know about Wisconsin’s turnaround under conservative leadership.

The New York Times, for example, devoted an entire 10 lines of space to Walker’s $504 million tax cut plan, which will let the typical resident keep an extra $200 in his pocket. The New York Daily News didn’t cover the story at all, but it ran a 150-word piece about Walker using his official Twitter account to tweet a Bible verse.

Business as usual.

Wisconsin’s turnaround appears to be bleeding over into its southern neighbor, Illinois, a historically Democratic state with a strong union presence, weak credit ratings and high unemployment.

There, businessman Bruce Rauner recently won the GOP nomination for governor by running on a Walker-esque platform of curbing public-sector unions’ incestuous power.

Investors Business Daily editorialized: “That Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, may turn red in November may seem implausible. But then, it wasn’t that long ago that a relatively unknown Scott Walker was tilting at union windmills in Wisconsin.”

Walker appears to hit on a winning formula for governorship. We hope Wisconsin fever becomes contagious.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/01/14 - 03:52 am
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Democrats in the Trash Compactor

Yeah, buddy...That's what I'm talking about. Conservative government is how you turn around these states and cities that are being squeezed by the trash compactor out of existence. There is no better way to stimulate the economy than returning a billion dollars back to those citizens who government took it from. They know best how to spend THEIR money. The whole country is taking notice and come November the Republicans will be rewarded.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/01/14 - 04:50 am
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The liberals will continue to
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The liberals will continue to attack conservative leaders, even when they have proven success, and continue to attack liberal "leaders" (leading from behind) even when they have proven failures. It makes no sense.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/01/14 - 05:13 am
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even those who worship at the altar of big government

can see the record... conservative principles
are better
by any objective and equal measure

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/01/14 - 06:37 am
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I read an article about how

I read an article about how the top five best run states were run by Rep governors and the lowest five lead by Dems governors. Then we have Texas which is quickly outpacing California as the largest population and most productive.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/01/14 - 06:51 am
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I think

We will see a blast of states turning red in the next elections....maybe we can save this Nation afterall.

localguy55
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localguy55 04/01/14 - 06:58 am
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This display of statistical

This display of statistical data, factual empirical evidence, can not be disputed. It is there for anyone to see.

All that is left to the opposition,in the face of these facts, is an emotional outburst or the use of anecdotal evidence, "information that is not based on facts or careful study"

But most of the time it is the emotional outburst that shows up in debate because their ideology has no foundation from which to argue.

deestafford
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deestafford 04/01/14 - 08:25 am
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One of the great things about America and its ability...

One of the great things about America and its ability to have 50 laboratories which can experiment with different courses of action. Then the others can look and see what works and what doesn't and then copy emulate what they think fits best for their situation.

At least that would be the way it was set up by the Founding Fathers and has been diluted by the left over the years with its quest for more and more control over people's lives.

Think of how much better the country would be if the states were able to look at examples set by governors like Walker and compare and contrast those of the those of the lowest ranking states and then decide which way they want to go without federal intrusion by the ruling elite.

What's a shame is how people are to tied to leftist dependence that they refuse to look at what's best for their state and continue to vote in corrupt, self-serving Democrats.

Our next Republican presidential nominee should be a governor with a track record of successful executive experience. To me Walker is that man, along with Perry, but I don't see Christie as the man who should be our standard bearer.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/01/14 - 08:56 am
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Wisconsin had a surplus

Wisconsin had a surplus because it has a a very high tax rate.

While the rebate is nice, it still bleeds its citizens dry.

I lived there for 3 miserable years, we purchased a house for $80,000 and we paid nearly $3,000 in property tax.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/01/14 - 09:01 am
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More yellow journalism from the Chronicle

Unemployment peaked in Wisconsin in June 2009 at 9.2%. In February 2014, it was 6.1%. Of course it peaked so high thanks to the Bush recession. Obviously, the Chronicle attributes the drop solely to Walker.
Unemployment for the nation in June 2009, was 9.5%. In February 2014, it was 6.7%. Obviously, the Chronicle attitributes the drop solely to Obama. Or does it?

"Big Labor then poured tens of millions of dollars into a recall election"??? Again, why does the Chronicle have such a problem with telling the whole truth? Yes. labor backed Walker's opponent. The Chronicle tries to make it sound like poor little Walker was just overwhelmed by money from the big bad unions. I know the Chronicle hates the truth but, here you go:
Just the dark money spent on the recall election
SCOTT WALKER SPENDING:
$30.5 MILIION DOLLARS
66% of which came from out of state.

TOM BARRETT SPENDING
$3.9 MILLION DOLLARS
26% of which came from out of state

"Walker, meanwhile, has benefitted from the state’s election finance rules that allowed his campaign to raise unlimited contributions from individuals after recall petitions were filed in November 2011. His challengers could take no more than $10,000 from individuals.

Through April, Walker’s top three donors combined gave more than challenger Barrett’s campaign had raised overall. Four of Walker’s top seven donors are out-of-state billionaires, including former Amway CEO and former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, and casino magnate Adelson, who each gave $250,000." (The Center for Public Integrity) The only source which backs the Chronicle's claims is the Koch funded fake "think tank", the MacIver Institute, which makes up charts and figures, with zero sourcing, and is staffed by an ever changing group of criminals and thieves who been brought up on multiples charges from various scams and other criminal and illegal activity. A typical type of "reliable source" for the Chronicle, so I wouldn't put it past them.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/01/14 - 09:16 am
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ROFLMAO! Body You mean like

ROFLMAO! Body You mean like all the crap Obama makes up and lies about-talk about cooking numbers? Reliable resources-like yours of course are the only reliable ones. Too funny.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/01/14 - 09:23 am
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"The 2012 Wisconsin

"The 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was a recall election to elect the governor and lieutenant governor of Wisconsin. It resulted in voters re-electing incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker over the Democratic candidate Tom Barrett by a slightly larger margin than he had in 2010, in which Walker had also faced and defeated Barrett two years earlier. Most Democrats opposed Walker's agenda, particularly his limiting of collective bargaining rights for state employees[2] and they collected over 900,000 signatures to initiate the recall election process.[2] There was also a recall for Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. She won her race defeating Democrat Mahlon Mitchell making her the first lieutenant governor to have[clarification needed] and survive a recall.[3]
The Democratic primary took place on May 8. The recall election was held June 5[4] with Walker defeating Barrett. Walker is thus the first U.S. governor to continue in office after facing a recall election.[5]"
"The recall election was the most expensive election in Wisconsin history.[35] According to the advocacy group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, candidates and outside groups spent more than $80 million in the governor's recall race. This compares to $37.4 million spent on the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.[36]
According to USA Today, much of Walker's $30 million in contributions came from outside the state with much of Barrett's spending of about $4 million directly coming from Wisconsin contributors[37] plus another $20 million from labor unions.[38] Kathleen Falk, who was defeated by Barrett in the Democratic primary raised about $5.2 million from public-sector unions inside and outside the state.
The cost of the recall election to Wisconsin taxpayers was $18 million.[36]
So Bod these are referenced posits that state your wrong about the Dems-they spent 24 million vs 30 million.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/01/14 - 09:25 am
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So paint the kettle black-Bod

So paint the kettle black-Bod accuses the AC of yellow journalism and then give misinformation or lies to support some meaningless posit. How choice.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/01/14 - 10:11 am
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National politics

If The Democratic Party thinks that Republicans are their worst enemy for the next several years, they need only to look within at Obama, Biden, and The Democratic Party themselves AND; OH YES; Obamacare!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/01/14 - 10:17 am
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National politics 2.0

I admire all of the liberal programs that WE Democrats are doing and are trying to do, BUT the BIG RUB is taking away from tax payers and going deeper into the national debt!! People on both sides of the aisle say that the national debt is going to be passed on to our children and grand-children. TELL ME, what future generation is going to start the hugh task??!!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/01/14 - 10:25 am
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one more time--it was barney

one more time--it was barney frank and the dims who rejected advice to stop loaning money to unqualified home buyers...those who could NOT afford the homes.*...THIS caused the 2008 crash....

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/01/14 - 10:29 am
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General comment

As I read these extremely well researched and lengthy comments, "I think to myself, why aren't these people writing LTE's so their research will be read by tens of thousands of AC readers??!!"

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/01/14 - 11:22 am
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Darn t3,

you are becoming to be the MAN!

localguy55
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localguy55 04/01/14 - 12:10 pm
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1:02 p.m.It appears that the

1:02 p.m.

It appears that the Administration is cooking the books again in the announcement that Obamacrapcare has hit the 7 million mark in signing up.

The Obama sycophantic media is elated and they don't even question the numbers.

Let them believe it is here to stay. I predict thethose teaparty candidates in congress will demand a vote. My bet is that no matter how the media spins it and no matter how this sickening administration spins it, this law will be repealed. Thank God for the Teaparty.

Obamacrapcare is poison plain and simple.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 04/01/14 - 12:31 pm
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policies that work

Last week I sent our governor an email raving about Walker. We should be paying attention to him, as well as Florida and Texas!! When you focus on facts, not ideology, conservative policies always guarantee a better future for Americans.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/01/14 - 01:20 pm
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I can't believe Bod is STILL
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I can't believe Bod is STILL blaming Bush....well, yes I can.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/01/14 - 01:33 pm
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"SCOTT WALKER SPENDING:$30.5
Unpublished

"SCOTT WALKER SPENDING:
$30.5 MILIION DOLLARS
66% of which came from out of state.

TOM BARRETT SPENDING
$3.9 MILLION DOLLARS
26% of which came from out of state"

Hey bod....you got any reliable sources you can cite for your information, or are you engaging in "yellow journalism?"

By the way you copied and pasted the following "Walker, meanwhile, has benefitted [sic] from the state’s election finance rules that allowed his campaign"

When you copy and paste from the Washington Post as you did (misspelled word and all) you should put copy the quotes at the end of the quotation as well, or leave them both off so that it's harder to discover your plagiarism..........since you didn't actually give credit to your word for word quote.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/01/14 - 01:39 pm
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"The only source which backs
Unpublished

"The only source which backs the Chronicle's claims is the Koch funded fake "think tank", the MacIver Institute, which makes up charts and figures, with zero sourcing"

Funny thing to say, from someone JUST busted copying other people's work with zero sourcing. Just what is your source that MacIver Institute makes up their charts? We'll be waiting for your proof.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/01/14 - 02:53 pm
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CobaltGeorge @ 12:22

"you are becoming to be the MAN!"

Thanks CG!! I have to call 'em like I see 'em!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/01/14 - 03:53 pm
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So I get an abuse warning for

So I get an abuse warning for speaking in general as a reply to Pond. I didn't read Bod's post if he said it. Sean said it was "obvious" so he is a freaking mind reader. I'm surrounded by clairvoyants. That's manure-I'm honest enough to admit when I'm wrong-and I almost always apologize to someone I offended. Now let me state this categorically it doesn't apply to Bod but a general statement. I stand by my post-you have to be an idiot to blame Bush now for Obama's policies and record. It is neither logical or rational to come up with such-might as well blame Clinton for Bush's era and so it all goes back to Clinton.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/01/14 - 06:08 pm
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I'm a Southern redneck,
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through and through. Don't care for yankees, naacp, entitlement communities, left-wing democrats, obama, biden, holder, reid, pelosi and their ilk. I have made one exception in the aforementioned group. yankees. Scott Walker and Paul Ryan (Wisconsonians (sic))will get all of my support.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 04/01/14 - 08:36 pm
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Oh boy
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Oh boy

KSL
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KSL 04/01/14 - 10:44 pm
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I cannot believe bod still

I cannot believe bod still believes what he spews.He seems intelligent, but misguided. Or is that called brainwashed?

KSL
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KSL 04/01/14 - 10:53 pm
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I will believe everything the

I will believe everything the left wing reports, but nothing the right wing has to say because they are lying. They are biased.

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