Skip to comments.Landslide! It looks like Waterloo in Wisconsin for government unions.
Posted on 04/09/2011 3:26:02 PM PDT by rhema
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But whereas we thought Kloppenburg had a real chance of beating Prosser, we've always been skeptical to the point of incredulity about the prospects for recalling Republican senators. That's because under Wisconsin law, an official has to have served for a year before being subject to recall. That shields both Walker and all Republican lawmakers who replaced Democrats in last year's election. As Wisconsin senators serve four-year terms, only those who survived the Democratic sweep of 2006 or 2008 can be recalled.
It only gets worse for Wisconsin Democrats. Kloppenburg's campaign implied--though in her "victory" press conference she robotically denied--that she would provide the deciding vote on the court to overturn Walker's reforms. Her defeat means that those reforms will soon take effect unless they have an actual legal defect.
One of the most important reforms is that union dues will become voluntary. State and local government will no longer take money out of their employees' paychecks and hand it over to the unions. This is likely to be the last Wisconsin election in which the Democrats have the advantage of support from organizations with the power to raise campaign funds coercively.
The unions' show of muscle in this week's election was not unimpressive, even though it was insufficient to the task at hand. Starved of the nourishment of forcibly collected dues, they may look like a 98-pound weakling by 2012.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
The whole WI scenario has made my year politically.
I love reading stuff like this...
It took the right circumstances, yes. But without a leader like Scott Walker, these things are impossible.
I agree. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...and then some.
Kloppy right after the election kept saying how the voters decided that because she would be an ‘impartial justice in the court’ that is why ‘she won’. She kept reiterating this over and over which only raises suspicions that she is covering over that she would really be a leftist hack from the far left.
I’m a Wisconsin Tea Party supporter, I am giddy. I vote in the community where the Supreme Court votes were counted yet initially unreported to the AP . We are whooping it up now that the liberal Supreme Court justice candidate is some 7000 votes behind after declaring victory.
“The whole WI scenario has made my year politically.”
Ditto. Thank you Scott Walker and the Wisconsin conservatives!
So good, I read it thrice.
Probably a school teacher - doesn’t know the difference between “our” and “are”. :)
Must be a gifted teacher.
It seems like this is what every liberty-leaning state should do. Forget all the other issues for now. Just argue the fiscal savings of the state not spending administrative costs on, what amounts to, doing the union's work for them.
There's no doubt in my mind that every single union would be kaput in less than 5 years time. Maybe 2 or 3, even.
Don’t forget that alot of prayers were instrumental in all of this drama and outcome.
Love the cartoon! Looks like Horton from Dr. Suess.
I doubt very many will stop paying dues. All this does is stop them from being “involuntarily” deducted from the paycheck. Most of the members will be bullied into paying them “voluntariy”.
Now enact voter I.D. and other election safeguard laws. These have the Left screaming almost as loudly as union busting laws.
Not to be confused with Elenor Holmes Horton of D.C.
She bees smoking her Tea rather than drinking it. She’s been feeding her munchies side effects too.
Now is not the time to get giddy and start popping champagne corks. The left has shown historically that when the going gets tough, they dig their heels in and turn up the heat. We could learn a few things from them.
Stratenshardenfreudery = Strategery + Schardenfreuden
I just keep staring at the article and the 98 pound comment. I don’t want to navigate away.
Congratulations! Really, truly exciting.
Maybe you can answer a question I’ve posed on FR a few times since this turnaround. I’ve closed several election polls in VA over the years, and we call our results in to the state electoral board that enters them in the state’s unofficial results.
The media follows that state board’s tallies. We never call anything into the media. I don’t know if it’s forbidden, but it’s just not done. Is there a reason the Clerks call their numbers into AP in WI?
Union member puzzled by your post: “So whatz the big deel? Nuthing is rong with that sine.”
Let’s hope he doesn’t throw away his values in pursuit of re-election—the way every other politician does.
Union Thugs Intimidate 16 Year Old Worker
And may it be propagated forthwith to all 57 states.
I heard recently that after Gov. Daniels ended mandatory dues collection in Indiana, union dues income from public employees fell by 95%.
Sorry can not answer that.
No way. If that were so, why would it have been set up in the first place?
No. I have to believe that once people need to pull out the checkbook and send the money themselves, they’ll figure out real quick that they LIKE being non-union.
Walker for president in 2016. He might even save the country. The guy has serious chops.
If you look to Indiana after they stopped automatic dues collection union membership went from 16,000 to 1,500. Numbers from memory.
Yes, he does indeed.
And if he doesn't run, he needs to put together and teach a mandatory seminary for all Republicans on regaining your gonads.
You mean if they can save $1000 a year at a time when their wages are frozen?
In other places that allow government unions and dues are paid by the members writing a check, compliance is way way down. I think I read somewhere its like 25%. So a 75% drop in income for government unions would be a huge drop in available Rat campaign contributions. I am sure there will some attempts at coercion similar t the beating up on a 16 year old girl that was posted here recently. No way it would make up the difference and if it got too out of hand the bad PR would make things worse.
Send them Monopoly money. That’s what I’m sending the RNC.
I spoke to a couple of guys who claimed to know Scott Walker personally. This was in the middle of the chaos in Madison, the fleebaggers, etc. They said Walker would not back down. They were right.
Idiot can’t spell. I hope she’s not a teacher.
Great article. Thanks for the link.
I don't know, after a couple visit by the unions goon knee-breakers to members that "forgot" to mail in their dues. Many may be wishing for the days of auto payroll witholdings.
That’s why enacting CCW legislation is so critical.
Obviously one of our fine Wisconsin “edjamicators”.
In 2005, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels stripped collective bargaining from state employees through an executive order.
According to numbers from the Indiana State Personnel Office, there were 35,000 state employees in 2005. Twenty-five-thousand of those employees were covered under collective bargaining, and 16,408 paid union dues.
For 2011, Indiana has 28,700 state employees and 1,490 pay union dues, a 90 percent reduction in dues-paying members.
I think Wisconsin union members yearning to breathe free would prove they’re made of sterner stuff. See post 49 for Indiana’s example when fetters were unlocked.
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