Skip to comments.Hey California: Meet Wisconsin
Posted on 06/10/2012 6:53:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
It was one giant step for a man, and one giant leap toward fiscal sanity.
But the failed labor union recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was only a beginning. America needs a bunch more Scott Walkers, a whole lot more thoughtful, discerning voters and we need California voters, in particular, to wake-up.
So California, meet Wisconsin. Its the state where voters chose a Governor who, despite claims to the contrary, is neither destroying workers rights nor killing democracy. Governor Walker has brought government labor costs in-line with private sector labor costs, and in so doing is saving the state from fiscal collapse. Wisconsin chose wisely and California, so can you.
Im emphasizing the voters here because statesmen and women dont operate in a vacuum. We, the people can affirm and encourage elected leaders to do the right thing, or we can encourage our leaders to be reckless and self-serving. In November of 2010 Californians rejected a candidate for Governor who pledged to do much of what Scott Walker has done, and instead elected a Governor who is bought and paid for by labor unions.
The fact that California Governor Jerry Brown has recently succumbed to telling the media no, were not like Greece should be a serious warning sign. Yet Californias plight could likely be different, had voters there been more like voters in Wisconsin.
It was the fall of 2010, and Democrat Jerry Brown was running against Meg Whitman, a mega-successful business executive and Republican gubernatorial nominee. Whitman had correctly and honestly identified a main source of Californias revenue hemorrhage the ever-expanding benefits and retirement pensions of government employees and had campaigned on a promise to reign-in such spending.
Brown, on the other hand, pledged to get honest with Californians about the state budget fiasco, but also to support working Californians (which is code talk for unionized government workers), and largely dodged the issue that Ms. Whitman had courageously raised. As Megs message began to get traction, the government employees unions offered-up all the more cash to Browns campaign - and Brown gladly accepted.
By the time the first gubernatorial debate was completed, media attention was mostly focused on aesthetics rather than substantive policy ideas. Jerry was charming and warm in the debate, and really connected with the audience; Meg was cold and distant. Shortly thereafter, the National Organization of Women endorsed the 72-year old white, male (and perennial government employee) Jerry Brown, over the 53-year old female, accomplished business executive and would-be governor Whitman. On Election Day Brown ended up winning by a 13% margin.
Later in November after the election, several members of the California legislature a combination of both Republicans and Democrats enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii, funded with donations from a variety of public utility companies, and the California prison guards union. Not surprisingly, one of the first accomplishments of Governor Brown after he took office in 2011 was to negotiate and sign a new prison guards union contract which now allows guards to cash in un-used vacation and sick time at their highest rate of pay when they retire.
Governor Browns maneuver provided a nice payback to a government employees union that had invested over $2 million in his campaign. But what is mutually gratifying for Governor Brown and the prison guards union is not good for the rest of California- the new union contract added a minimum of an additional $600 million in un-funded liabilities, to a state that at the time was already sinking in nearly $10 billion of government debt.
And theres more. Despite the states debts, and despite class cutbacks and continuous tuition increases at Californias two publicly-funded university systems, the University of Californias Board of Regents nonetheless voted $140 million in faculty salary increases. In the California State University system (the U.C. and the CSU systems operate separately), university presidents recently voted themselves pay raises. And despite his year-and-a-half of warnings about a lack of funding for K-12 education (most of which is unionized in California), Governor Browns latest budget nonetheless adds an additional 13% to K-12 expenditures.
Whether its spending increases on college faculty, unionized law enforcement officers, road crew workers or public school teachers, Governor Browns fiscal priorities all point to the same objective: providing salary and benefits increases to government employees who mostly vote with his Democrat party.
Browns proposed means of paying for the increased government spending is much the same as President Obamas raise taxes on rich people. California has the worst government bond rating in the nation (the S&P is threatening another downgrade), and for the 7th year in a row the Golden State was recently voted by Americas CEOs to be the most un-friendly state for business in the nation. Yet Governor Brown and his party remain undeterred. ?
After years of this same kind of self-serving, vote-purchasing public policy, Wisconsin chose a different course in 2010 and re-affirmed that direction last week. California, you can chose differently, too but are you awake? And do you care?
We are drowning in institutional corruption where supposedly legit laws are simply cover for institutonal payoffs. The most corrupt player is the speaker of the ILL-ANNOY house and the chief law enforcement officer is his daughter who should be investigating him.
We are WAY beyond a banana republic, and beyond hopeless. The Governor, Quinnoccio, is simply a puppet with the de facto governor being the House Speaker.
The Illinois Republicans still think they can "bargain" against this corrupt system. It will take more than just bargaining to dismantle The Combine and stop the corruption.
Ever notice that Peter Boyle and Gov. Brown have never been seen in the same room?
That is because Peter Boyle is dead. Brown is still alive and kicking (CA into bankruptcy...)
<<..Ever notice that Peter Boyle and Gov. Brown have never been seen in the same room?<<
I am pretty sure Boyle being dead might also have something to do with it. But we can be sure in that state, Boyle votes democrat.
A few thoughts:
Although I’m a native Californian, I’m a citizen of Wisconsin (Yay!) and big supporter of Scott Walker. I’m currently “on the ground” in CA because my 98 year old mom (retired teacher) is in the hopsital.
Everywhere I look, there are people standing on street corners, pan handling. Others are pushing carts around picking up discards from curbsides. It’s a disgrace.
Food in restaurants is about 20% higher than Wisconsin, and daily taxes are way higher than Wisconsin. Even though my mother has complained for years about her “penurious” retirement pay, it is quite generous (now that I look into her accounts for the first time in my life.)
Crazy laws: Restaurants all display a sign that tells the customer to Beware! Food and beverages served within can cause birth defects to unborn babies (paraphrashing). Huh!?! Another sign (on a restaurant where we eat) proclaims the the restaurant is in the process of getting a new owner. How can a business operate under these conditions?
They still have something in common: Peter is DEAD, and Brown is BRAIN DEAD. As for voting, I would guess that Peter Boyle is somewhere in the Crook County voter registration system.
Hey Kalifornia, if you think the red states are going to bail you out you’re dreaming.
I have been to Wisconsin several times and I just love it. What impressed me most was how clean the state is
It’s the GREEN that I love and the relatively calm traffic. We have a 15 minute traffic jam in Milwaukee once a day.
I should add that the snow is over blown (no pun intended). 3-4 months of snow just gives us a break from mowing grass!
It is a state run by socialists and they care only about the state employees, not private enterprise which is what runs the state! It is criminal how the reg’s and taxes are chasing jobs right out of here and there should be a rebellion by business owners. How dare they pass illegal laws that destroy livelihoods, all the while living fat off the hog themselves. I am disgusted with most all government employes at this point, with the exception of our military troopers.
Vets would be thrilled to have the pension benefits enjoyed by the unions.