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Scott Walker, An American Hero
Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky

Posted on 06/11/2012 5:46:00 AM PDT by Kaslin

The battle is over for now, but the war has just begun. Scott Walker has responsibly and successfully led duly-elected officials in an historic effort to permanently change this nation’s course. You don’t need a PhD. in math to understand that our government is headed toward fiscal Armageddon, principally because elected officials have made reckless decisions and promises whose effects on future generations were never considered. At last, we now have a genuine hope to regain America’s future.

In 1958, New York Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. signed an executive order allowing the formation of public-employee unions. This was duplicated at the federal level in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, who was deeply indebted to the unions for catapulting him into office. Since then, the number and clout of unionized public employees has soared – along with the size and cost of government.

A combination of three events then accelerated the downhill spiral. First, union leaders convinced legislators to compel automatic deduction of dues from employee paychecks and required all new workers to become union members as a condition of employment. Second, they used those coerced dues to purchase elected officials (through campaign contributions and other mechanisms), an initiative so successful that in many states and municipalities unions now maintain a relentless hammerlock on public policy. Third, they used this clout to provide their members with outrageous salaries and benefits, thereby generating ever-larger amounts of dues that only reinforced the cycle of manipulation.

We can get past all the mayhem that happened in Wisconsin to focus on the material. We can now put aside the fact that just questioning the status quo prompted the Left to call the Governor a “bomb-thrower,” or that those courageous legislators that dared to challenge an overblown government that feeds the pigs at the trough were considered the embodiment of evil. We can also put aside the fact that Democrats ran to Illinois and hid like children instead of honoring the votes of their fellow residents and acting like grownups. And, finally, we can put aside the failed attempts to recall state senators, state Supreme Court justices, and, ultimately, the governor and lieutenant-governor, in a vain attempt to overturn the will of a responsible electorate.

We can put all these aside, but we can never, ever forget them. In Wisconsin, this death spiral has been stopped in its tracks.

Mr. Walker accomplished two momentous things that will have a lasting effect in Wisconsin, and will hopefully spread throughout the nation. First, he proved that you can cut the size of government, balance a budget (which was $3.6 billion in the red) without raising taxes, and improve the economy all at the same time. Clueless elitists in America and Europe brand responsible actions like this with the pejorative term “austerity,” but Governor Walker made it work. Unemployment is down and the business environment is vastly improved. Teachers’ jobs, which the union leadership was willing to sacrifice just to line their own pockets, have been saved. Since Walker became Governor – only 17 months ago! – Wisconsin has jumped 21 spots in surveys that measure the climate for business owners and entrepreneurs. He has single-handedly defeated the liberal assumption that growth requires you to “stimulate” the economy using borrowed or printed money.

His bigger accomplishment was to kick-start something that many Republicans have wanted to do for ages, only to be undermined by spineless and wavering elected officials. Walker has begun to defund the Left. Through its two largest financial sources, the Left has for decades used government funds to promote liberal Democrats at the expense of the taxpayers. Both trial lawyers and unions that feed off government funds continually influence legislation and budgets to perpetuate their income stream and power. Democrats happily hand taxpayer resources over to these favored constituents, who then use the money to keep their favored children in office.

Through his experience as County Executive for Milwaukee County (the second largest government in Wisconsin), Scott Walker knew how the game was played. He knew that if he was going to straighten out the state budget without penalizing the working people of Wisconsin, he would have to take on the unions. Incidentally, don’t feel too sorry for the Wisconsin public employee union members. Their average salary after reform is $81,000 along with benefits. Private sector employees get $67,000 for the same job, which means there is still work to do.

About a year ago, a friend of mine asked me when will the people of America wake up to the crisis in pay, pensions, and health care benefits for our public employees. I told him that it was coming, little by little. With the leadership of Scott Walker, we’ve now have taken a giant step. With the 2-1 votes in San Jose and San Diego to restructure public employee pensions even deranged Californians have caught on to the pending disaster. There are many, many battles ahead. Winning this war will require hand-to-hand combat in cities, counties, and states throughout the country, but we have no choice because the future of America is at stake.

Scott Walker has given us inspiration, and a huge leap forward. That is why he is an American hero.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 06/11/2012 5:46:04 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Governor Walker will go on to great things in the service of the Republic if he isn't swallowed up by the Dark Side.
2 posted on 06/11/2012 6:00:02 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; ...
No doubt he is.

He is very careful too to point out he gave the taxpayers BETTER services with his reforms, where his opposite image in Maryland lib Gov MO Malley cuts services and raises wave after wave of taxes to protect union benefits.

No one else quite like Walker in the R party who has surfaced yet.

Walker hero

3 posted on 06/11/2012 6:02:15 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Kaslin
It is so simple to understand this, like it was so simple to understand the mortgage mess that also was a democrat scheme designed so that democrats stayed in power.

It is why I can not speak to any democrat. They care about themselves, not the country, not the future, just right now for them.

4 posted on 06/11/2012 6:04:08 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Kaslin

Governor Walker & Sheriff Joe... Keep up the fight, we have your back.


5 posted on 06/11/2012 6:28:37 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia. 2016 starts today!)
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To: momincombatboots

Governor Walker, being the highly capable and principled leader that he is, will still continue on to help his home state, otherwise he’d make a perfect vice-president.

Sheriff Joe should be appointed AG which could lead to the current AG either leaving the country or becoming a vital statistic.


6 posted on 06/11/2012 6:34:03 AM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: momincombatboots

Walker/ Sheriff Joe 2016?


7 posted on 06/11/2012 6:45:08 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Clump

That’s make my day! (in a nice way, of course)


8 posted on 06/11/2012 7:03:53 AM PDT by madison10
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To: mongo141

Governor has very powerful, motivated enemies who are determined to destroy him. I hope he is able to navigate through it.


9 posted on 06/11/2012 7:10:51 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t it refreshing to have a REAL Conservative behave like a real conservative after election day is over?

This guy has the integrity that so many ‘republicans’ lack.

I like him!


10 posted on 06/11/2012 7:55:09 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Lando Lincoln
I hope he is able to navigate through it.

He did navigate through it, several times. There is nothing else they can LEGALLY or POLITICALLY do to the man.

He is bulletproof.

11 posted on 06/11/2012 7:58:51 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: sickoflibs; Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; ...

” No one else quite like Walker in the R party who has surfaced yet. “

He stands alone!


12 posted on 06/11/2012 8:32:29 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; ...

“..No one else quite like Walker in the R party who has surfaced yet...”

AND...the added bonus...he makes the libs’ heads explode in spluttering, duct-tape wrapped rage.

Even if he never does another thing politically, he’s accomplished that feel-good imagery for me....

It’s the little things in life that mean...so much....sniff, sniff


13 posted on 06/11/2012 8:37:58 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Wisconsin PING!!!


14 posted on 06/11/2012 9:28:52 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: NFHale; stephenjohnbanker; Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy

Walker is much like school vouchers.
They both are dangerous because they demonstrate for all to see that liberal claims about government’s (only) problem that it is underfunded is a load of crap.
They have to be stopped at any cost because they threaten those public servants claim (stated as fact) that they must rule us for our own good. Public servants LOVE to believe that they must rule us because they are superior to us.


15 posted on 06/11/2012 9:56:54 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Kaslin
First, union leaders convinced legislators to compel automatic deduction of dues from employee paychecks and required all new workers to become union members as a condition of employment.

Second, they used those coerced dues to purchase elected officials (through campaign contributions and other mechanisms), an initiative so successful that in many states and municipalities unions now maintain a relentless hammerlock on public policy.

>Third, they used this clout to provide their members with outrageous salaries and benefits, thereby generating ever-larger amounts of dues that only reinforced the cycle of manipulation.

Great post...Thanks. Union thugs legalized bribery... shame on democrats.

16 posted on 06/11/2012 10:21:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: Kaslin; 10Ring; 13yearconservative; 53543freedom; 62pc62; aesop64; afraidfortherepublic; ...

Wisconsin Freeper ping here!

We love Scott Walker down here in Florida too!


17 posted on 06/11/2012 10:45:20 AM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: sickoflibs; NFHale; stephenjohnbanker; Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; ...

“They have to be stopped at any cost because they threaten those public servants claim (stated as fact) that they must rule us for our own good. Public servants LOVE to believe that they must rule us because they are superior to us.”

They really DO believe this. Stay away from them .


18 posted on 06/11/2012 10:48:39 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: seekthetruth

We love Marco Rubio too!


19 posted on 06/11/2012 10:56:10 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (GOV. WALKER WINS AGAIN!!! MUSIC TO MY EARS!!!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
RE :”They have to be stopped at any cost because they threaten those public servants claim (stated as fact) that they must rule us for our own good. Public servants LOVE to believe that they must rule us because they are superior to us.”
.........
They really DO believe this. Stay away from them

Yes, if I get too close to them they might put a pod next to my bed and one day someone looking like me will be preaching how liberals are so smart that we need them to run everything, from the UN of course.

20 posted on 06/11/2012 10:56:42 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: sickoflibs

Say it loud, say it proud...

DUMP WILLARD FOR WALKER !


21 posted on 06/11/2012 10:59:12 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy

Yep, Romney was handed an easy win with Obama’s comment about ‘the private sector’ and had to screw up using WI election incorrectly as an example.

To MR :It’s not that we don’t want teachers, firefighters and policeman servicing our neighborhoods you elite dolt, the point is that it’s just not the Federal governments job to bail them out when their benefits and pay and rules are set at the local level. Let those that make the decisions figure out how to get the money.

Liberals like MR trying to pretend they are conservative are so pathetic.


22 posted on 06/11/2012 11:17:56 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: sickoflibs

” Yes, if I get too close to them they might put a pod next to my bed and one day someone looking like me will be preaching how liberals are so smart that we need them to run everything, from the UN of course. “

Don’t go to sleep, either : )


23 posted on 06/11/2012 2:07:12 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Lando Lincoln
The funny thing is that in this last election Scott Walker gained 200,000 more votes than he did in the election of November, 2010.

We here in Wisconsin are so damned proud of his resolve. It has paid dividends.

24 posted on 06/11/2012 4:54:13 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JRios1968
Am I on your ping list? Thanks!

Jay... Stevens Point, WI

25 posted on 06/11/2012 4:55:34 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: submarinerswife

“He is bulletproof.”

????

That’s a scary analogy. The liberal/socialist jungle harbors more than a few unbalanced kooks.


26 posted on 06/11/2012 6:43:03 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Northern Yankee; afraidfortherepublic

AFTR manages the list. And now you shall be :)


27 posted on 06/11/2012 7:25:28 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JRios1968; All

I’m thinking the First President from Wisconsin in a few years.


28 posted on 06/12/2012 10:50:44 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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