Is There A Lesson In The Wisconsin Elections?

picture of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin

Depending on which newspaper you read, or which network news you watch, there are many lessons that might have been learned. I think it is simpler than that, and it doesn’t take a lot of bandwidth to explain.

Here we have a state governor who effectively stuck his finger in the eye of Big Labor by legislatively out manoeuvring state employee unions, and canceling some of their awesome political power. Therein lies the genesis of the fight. It was all about power.

When it came to crafting messages for the electorate, the argument was always economic. To the voter it was all about money, and the unions could not argue on that basis. Union employees would not be fired, and their pay would not decrease. But, here is the winner. Union members would be forced to fund part of their pensions and part of their healthcare. Every private employee in Wisconsin was already funding their own pensions, and a good bit of their healthcare if they could afford it.

Logically, why should the taxpayers of Wisconsin fund all of the state employees pensions and healthcare when they couldn’t afford to pay for their  own? In retrospect the results were obvious.

The unions did not lose any rights. They lost the power to blackmail the citizens of Wisconsin into paying more and more for state services, higher and higher union pensions, and using non-competitive healthcare providers. The power to take money from a population is not a right. The unions message could never could dominate, and the governor’s common sense message won.

I believe this election will have little effect outside of Wisconsin, but the unions are gearing up for a similar battle in Ohio. A skillful governor can use the same tactics on the unions in Ohio because I don’t believe the unions understand why they were defeated.

Being outspent seven to one is the union excuse, but that number that doesn’t stand up to inspection. The unions paid workers to go door to door, and to protest Governor Walker’s events. A good bit of the governor’s money came from small donors outside of Wisconsin.

This will be the mother of election years.

5 thoughts on “Is There A Lesson In The Wisconsin Elections?”

  1. Wisconsin just kicked self-entitlement’s butt. as you say, let’s hope this causes a domino effect in favor of the rights of the people of our country. great points!

  2. This will be the mother of election years.

    Can’t argue with that.

    If what happened in Wisconsin does spread to other states, we’ll be in the midst of a sea change. A sea change is exactly what we need in America right now — the primary goal of the change to get that Marxist out of office!

  3. I wrote this article with the thought that the Wisconsin elections would probably not carry any momentum outside of the state, but I certainly hope it will. The arguments were pretty well local, and that’s what I based my opinion on. Thanks!

  4. One thing that Walker took away from the unions is their ability to force people to pay union fees, even if they didn’t want to. It’s amazing that this kind of shake-down can actually happen lawfully, but that was the biggest and most damaging blow he struck against them. Thank heavens the people saw through the unions and sent them packing.

    Another thing I think that some may not see readily now that Walker has prevailed is that the repercussions for all the other states would have been far worse if he had lost. If he lost, would any other state dare to take on the unions knowing they may well lose in the long run, I think not. The Conservative and small-government movement owes this fellow a lot for prevailing against the leftists hellbent on shoving their ideology down everyone’s throats.

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