Wisconsin Democrats, Washington elite and insiders, and liberal special interests have joined together to fight for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's election. But this past Friday, when I saw them also send in the big gun -- former President Bill Clinton himself -- against Gov. Walker, I knew I had to enter the ring, too.
The Los Angeles Times reported last Thursday: "Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Thursday that Clinton would be campaigning with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as he looks to unseat Gov. Scott Walker in next week's recall. The former president will take part in a rally with Barrett, according to the Barrett's website."
There's one primary reason that Clinton came out to Wisconsin to engage in the battle to recall Gov. Walker, and I will tell you it in one moment. But first, the facts.
In the short 18 months in which Walker has held his gubernatorial position, his bold reforms have helped eliminate Wisconsin's $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes -- there are lower property taxes for a median-valued home -- and create more than 23,000 jobs. (Before Walker took office, Wisconsin lost more than 150,000 jobs between 2008 and 2010.)
The Associated Press reported that 23,300 jobs were created in 2011 in Wisconsin, based upon figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said it was exactly 23,608. More than good news for Walker, that's good news for his state.
Wisconsin's economy is stronger and more fiscally solvent because of Walker's leadership. In fact, a new Marquette University Law School poll revealed that citizens -- by a 50-43 percent margin -- believe that Walker would do a better job with the economy than his opponent, Barrett.
On day one in office, Walker began to implement a comprehensive emergency jobs plan. As his website explains, he and the Wisconsin Legislature passed measures that included but were not limited to these things:
--Cutting taxes on small businesses.
--Curbing frivolous lawsuits that drove costs up.
--Eliminating the state tax on health savings accounts.
--Reforming the state's Department of Commerce into a true economic development agency.
--Immediately convening a Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission, which was intent on curtailing wasteful spending at all levels of state government.
Walker is not a RINO, or Republican in name only. He walks his conservative talk. He refuses special interests. He opposes accumulating debt and raising deficits. He cuts excess spending. And he stands for issues that are important to every conservative, Constitution- and freedom-loving patriot.