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.