With Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s ass-kicking of the labor unions, I’m feeling a little bit giddy.
Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governorâ€™s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obamaâ€™s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat. Weâ€™ll see how well this strategy of opportunistic detachment serves in the fall as Obama reaches out to unions for support.
However, I’m so used to disappointment over the last decade or so, I can’t bring myself to truly enjoy it. If this rising red tide carries through November, however, all bets are off and there’s going to be a river of PBR-flavored puke rolling down my street and into the Tennessee river for a day or two.
UPDATE: Cranky here adding a little victory dance to PTH’s party.
What do you say when a governor is elected by a majority of voters, is put through the legitimate recall process and again wins the majority of votes in the recall?
Well, if you don’t get your way, you’d call it the “death of democracy”.
Sorry Chuckles, but the voters consider the loss of some of your collective bargaining rights and the goodies that come with enjoying a higher level of benefits than the average Wisconsinite worth the exchange for a government that can actually balance its checkbook and somehow see improvement in education.
Yes Preston, there is hope.