Donald Lambro

Christie has been on the phone to several governors, urging them to stand firm against powerful labor union bosses and praising their efforts to curb sweeping collective negotiating powers, while championing ordinary working people who must struggle to foot the bill for health and retirement state benefits that many of them can't afford.

"In Wisconsin and Ohio, they have decided there can no longer be two classes of citizens: one that receives the rich health and pension benefits, and the rest who are left to pay for them," he said this week.

Christie points out what you do not hear reported on the nightly news shows; other major states, like New York, are moving to balance their budgets, in large part by bringing public employee pay and benefits more in line with private sector workers.

"These ideas are not red or blue. They are the black and white of truth," Christie says.

Back in Wisconsin, Gov. Walker faces a firestorm of labor union protests at the state capitol, but shows no sign of backing down. If anything, he is digging in for a long siege after Democrat lawmakers fled the state to deny GOP leaders the quorum needed to take up the governor's budget.

It is shameful to see the way now-powerless Democrat leaders are showing their absolute disdain for democracy in action and for the will of Wisconsin's voters.

The governor and the GOP state legislators were elected by the people to carry out their wishes to sharply cut spending, balance the budget and reduce the state debt. But 14 Senate Democrats left the state in an attempt to bring democracy to a halt in the Senate, where the governor has the votes to pass his bill. In other words, they are saying, "the election be damned."

But it isn't just Republican governors who are calling for sweeping budget reforms. Democrats like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for reductions in spending, debt and taxes that would also include changes in state employee costs for pension and health care benefits.

The Tax Foundation says New York has the second highest state and local tax burden, at 12 percent, and Gov. Cuomo has just declared that his state is "functionally bankrupt." Why? Cuomo says, "The state of New York spends too much money. It is that blunt and it is that simple."

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.