Wisconsin Poll Shows 71% Approval For Governor Walker’s Budget Changes

The capitol in Madison may be swamped with angry leftist and union protesters, but according to at least one poll it appears as though the citizens of Wisconsin at large are with the governor and the state’s majority Republicans who are pushing for the budget changes.

No surprise since these are the people who put Walker and the Republicans in charge to make these tough budgeting decisions.

Poll Shows 71% of Wisconsinites Think Walker’s Budget Changes are “Fair”

February 24, 2011- Alexandria, VA – Most Wisconsinites believe that Governor Walker’s proposed budget changes that include unions to pay 5.8% of their salary toward the cost of their pensions plans and double their contributions for health care premiums to 12.6% are fair, according to a new poll sponsored by WisconsinReporter.com.

The poll which was conducted on February 21, 2011 of 500 likely voters in Wisconsin also showed a perceived discrepancy between benefits for public and private sector employees, with 69% believing that government workers in their community have better benefits than private sector workers.

The polling data is at the link. Here’s the key question and results:

4* Governor Walker is asking unions to pay 5.8% of their salary toward the cost of their pensions plans and double their contributions for health care premiums to 12.6%. Is that fair?

71% Yes
22% No
7% Not sure

You probably won’t get this impression from the mainstream media, but it looks like the people of Wisconsin are with the Governor.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    It is what he was elected to do….

  • SigFan

    He ran on a platform of doing just what he is trying to get done now … and the voters elected him. No surprise that the majority of WI citizens would be supportive of him, or that the media is trying to downplay or hide that fact.

  • David

    How about collective bargaining rights? You’re only talking about the contributions to pensions and healthcare, a compromise the unions have said they are willing to make. They have said they’ll agree to everything except for losing collective bargaining rights. On that note, here are the numbers from the link you posted:

    “According to the poll, 56 percent say Wisconsin state employees and public employee unions should have collective bargaining powers. Thirty-two percent disagree, and 12 percent of those polled are unsure. “

    • johnnylink

      But according to the bill, state teachers will continue to have collective bargaining rights for wages and benefits. They just won’t have collective bargaining rights for work rules and tenure. I haven’t seen the poll. Did they further break down the collective bargaining question that way? I’m guessing if they did, you’d again see 71% of people believing that is reasonable.

      • Dakotacyr

        no they won’t. they lose all bargaining rights except for wage and only to CPI. That’s no bargaining.

        • Dakotacyr

          And it takes away all bargaining rights for higher education, childcare and healthcare workers entirely.

          • johnnylink

            OK. Had a chance to go out and see the highlights of the bill. I’ll agree that they’re pretty draconian cuts from where public employee unions have been. But there’s also an increase in workers’ rights too. Today, the state is required to collect and pay union dues for all state employees. With passage of this bill, Wisconsin employees would have the ability to opt out of the union.

        • 2hotel9

          How about you show us the specific line in the Bill which strips teachers of their collective bargaining? Or is that just one more thing you will refuse to do?

    • sixhertz

      News Flash. There is no such thing as collective bargaining RIGHTS. It’s a privilege.

      Private unions are fine…however, there is a huge moral hazard with public unions in the first place, and Gov. Walker is doing the right thing.

  • Guest

    I’m not surprised. Providence, RI just issued pink slips to all their teachers. Hear that in the news? It’s budgetary, not ideological, in both cases.

    • Dakotacyr

      not having collective bargaining is not related to the budget at all.

  • Dakotacyr

    the budget’s financial changes, not the collective bargaining changes. Wisconsinites polled clearly favor public employees having collective bargaining rights.

    • JustRuss

      It is likely they don’t have much clue what “collective bargaining” means, it is also misleading to state that the Gov wants to take away those rights entirely.

      • Bat One

        I question whether collective bargaining should be properly called a “right” in the first place. It may be a popular convention brought on by the liberal media, but if a single piece of legislation can take it away, then it really can’t have been a “right” in the constitutional sense to begin with.

    • 2hotel9

      So show us where in the Bill they are stripped of them.

  • Dakotacyr

    The unions have already given on those areas.

  • Mike_Adamson

    Looks like a pretty even split to me.

    Wisconsinites are evenly split on their support of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill and the union workers protesting the legislation, according to a new poll sponsored by WisconsinReporter.com.The poll of 500 likely voters, which was conducted on Monday, Feb.21, showed 50 percent had a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” opinion of Walker’s bill, while the same percentage had a “somewhat unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion.

    On the question that is causing all of the angst:

    According to the poll, 56 percent say Wisconsin state employees and public employee unions should have collective bargaining powers. Thirty-two percent disagree, and 12 percent of those polled are unsure.

    I note that the headline at Wisconsinreporter.com seems more accurate than the headline they put atop their press release…I suppose those opposed to unions are running with the latter.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Memo to Scott Walker: “Fuckem Bucky” Do not let the unions take my vote away from me.

    • Bat One

      Who was it that once said. “I Won!”

    • Dakotacyr

      The unions haven’t touched your vote.

      • Spartacus

        Only because they’re preoccupied with giving their members a reach around and touching their wallets. They’re kind of like that creepy guy down the street that likes to touch little boys private parts.

        • Dakotacyr

          is that the best you can come with?

          • Spartacus

            It seems to fit. Consider that only a small portion of the populace needs to pay for sex and only a small portion of labor needs to pay for representation, either way neither can get what they want on their own merrits. How do you define a loser?

      • di_da_is_alpha

        Hell if they haven’t. How much money do public sector unions funnel into the dimocrat party every year? They take peoples tax money, and give it to those who collect taxes. What a scam. Buncha filthy criminals whose time is just about up

      • robert108

        When the voters elected Walker, they voted for his agenda; now the union greedheads want to take away that vote.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Look, the good old days are gone. The Democrats have driven the gravy train off the tracks. State workers are already protected by the same labor laws that the public has. They do not deserve the privilege to tell the tax payers what they will accept and how much we will pay for their privilege to work. This whole labor scam is a conflict of interest. Labor unions collect dues from workers who have their benefits paid for by tax payers and use it to bribe Democrats to make legislation against the tax payers best interest. This stinks of corruption.

    • JustRuss

      Actually, they have every right to make demands of the public….they just don’t get to hold a gun to our heads as they make those demands. The government should have the right to politely refuse and hire new workers to fill the now vacant positions.

    • Dakotacyr

      what you forget Mickey is that these workers are Wisconsin taxpayers as well.

      • di_da_is_alpha

        No, they’re not. If you steal my wallet, then give me back 5%of the cash, should I thank you? Pull your head out of your butt. Their entire paycheck is tax money, so giving back a bit does not make them taxpayers.

        • robert108

          Even worse, the money they pay in taxes goes to the greedy govt, not back to the taxpayers who pay them.

        • Spartacus

          5%? There’s nothing in the 16th stopping the government from levying a 100% income tax. And you wonder why they spend like it’s their money, because it is, your ancestors voted in favor of it. It just makes you want to go piss on their graves, doesn’t it?

          • di_da_is_alpha

            I just used the 5 because it’s the same key as the % sign. I suppose I could have made it 55%, but didn’t wanna give ‘em any ideas.

  • SigFan

    All these people howling about the unions and their collective bargaining rights need to get the story straight. The unions will still get to bargain collectively as it relates to pay, just not on benefits and pension. One of the main reasons that they need to eliminate the collective bargaining as it relates to benefits is that the teachers are forced to buy their insurance from the WEA Trust, that is the Wisconsin Educators Association Trust, or the union itself. By allowing individual districts to shop competitively for their insurance it is estimated that the state can save millions of dollars that can be used for school supplies and improvements and teachers’ salaries. Read this article if you want a better idea of what this scam is all about:

    http://biggovernment.com/kolson/2011/02/23/wisconsin-unions-insurance-scam-at-stake-in-collective-bargaining-reform/#IDComment130088495

    The unions have set themselves up as the single source of both teachers and then the insurance the teachers employers must buy. And they continue to use their rank and file members dues to buy political favors. This is why the fight is on and why the taxpayers of WI are fed up.

    • RobK1967

      Why do you feel the need to lie?

      • SigFan

        And what exactly is it you think I am lying about? Everything I wrote is true and factual, sorry if the truth is something you can’t deal with.

      • 2hotel9

        Really? Where is your proof that any of what Sig posted is a lie? Whip it out for us, lets us see it, sweety.

  • DirtyFrank

    Way to go, dumbass. Looks like you either blogged about an article you didn’t even read or you’re just deliberately trying to mislead people. You must realize that not only do the majority of Wisconsinites agree it is wrong to take away collective bargaining rights, but the vast majority of all Americans agree.

    • JustRuss

      And you dumbass need to realize that the Governor is not trying to take away collective bargaining rights all together, only as they apply to benefits and pensions. The unions can still bargain for everything else like always.

      • Dakotacyr

        Yes, he is Russ, please take the time to actually read the bill. He totally takes the bargaining rights away from higher education, childcare workers and health care workers. The only thing he leaves for public employees is wages up to CPI. that’s it. He makes the members certify the union every year, takes dues deduction away. that’s not bargaining. this isn’t budget related; this is nothing but union busting.

        • robert108

          In other words, he wants them to have the same rights as the taxpayers who pay their wages and benefits. Sounds like economic justice to me. Why should govt union workers get special privileges?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Economic justice? You sound like a communist.

          • $8194357

            You should know. The difference is taxpayers fund the unions and the social justice commies are the leaches suck off the taxpayer. Maybe we need you in DC hanni….

          • robert108

            I mean real economic justice, where we get what we earn. I understand your commie thinking, though.

      • RobK1967

        And you are lying out your ass

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          A popular pastime on SAB.

          • robert108

            With you and the other leftie trolls.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        And you dumbass [sic] need to realize that the Governor is not trying to take away collective bargaining rights all together, only as they apply to benefits and pensions.

        You made a distinction before determining one wasn’t understood. And regardless, it doesn’t change the factual comments he had made. He is still right about Americans and Wisconsinites, and you are wrong on the facts.

        • robert108

          He’s right on the facts; it’s the collective bargaining special privilege that has enabled the greedy unionists to break the bank in WI by demanding stratospheric benefits and pensions. It’s common to all unionized govts.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Rob rarely does anything honestly, or unintentionally. This is sheer propaganda, and this is his gravy train. Shameful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMXVLIUY7VLUM7VKECWFURBP5E She1

    To all you people who stand behind Walker you better go read the bill because it’s going to hurt all of us, unless your rich. You’ll be the ones saying what the f— just happened?
    The guy has some mental issues and they are coming out more every day.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    The polls and public opinion became unimportant to the Dems after the 2008 election.

    The had huge majorities in both houses and refused to listen to the voices of the people as they forced Obamacare on the country. Back room deals and arrogant statements from Pelosi about passing the bill to find out what is in there have cost them a reversal of fortune in less than 2 years.

    The Left continues to disregard the will of the people but we will be heard again in 2012. People will not forget how the political elites on the left show such contempt for the people.

    It is one thing to take a principled stand on the issues but is entirely different to win an election through misrepresentation and deceit. Obama is no Messiah, the sea leavels will not go down, Gitmo is still in use, he has deepened the racial divide in our nation, he has made us a laughing stock around the world, embarrassed the USA with kowtows and apologies, he has made mockery of open and transparent government, he has no plan or clue as to helping the country in troubled economic times.

    This joke of a community organizer has been wrong about every pronouncement and policy-
    Without a doubt the most unqualified person ever to be elected POTUS.
    This is a perfect example of why Affirmative Action does not work

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    I wonder what percentage of Americans like the idea that Governor Walker was considering planting hoodlums to make union protesters look bad? After all, Megyn says conservatives don’t like frauds.

    • $8194357

      Quote:

      Mr. Obama will need the organized public employees next year when he seeks re-election. His “machine” is named Organizing for America. He counts on them to be there for him, in terms of money and “political activism.” (The latter not necessarily restricted to peaceful petitioning. See Rep. Mike Capuano — D-Mass. — who says, in supporting demands of public employees, that “it’s time to get a little bloody.” Welcome to the liberal “new civility.”)

      So the Washington Post delicately describes the force being brought to bear on the side of the Wisconsin teachers as “the president’s political machine.”

      What is Obama’s “machine”?

      For what must be the third or fourth time, this column harks back to a campaign promise Barack Obama made when he was seeking the highest office in the land:

      “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, and just as well-funded.”

      Read that again. Previously in this space, we wondered: Exactly what would that military-style civilian force be asked to enforce? What orders from the White House? Would the local police be displaced? Who would be targeted by a “national security” force that’s just as strong and “well-funded?”

      http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/vernon/110224

      Purple brown shirt tactics well established with Cloward/Piven community organizers….The Civilian police force of the future? Barry would tend to fall back on the Black Panthers, Nation of Islam and Black Liberation theologists as well as his union thugs IMO. What is the community organizer in cheif doing in a state issue with his organizing for America millions that he put all the illegal forign campain contributions left over from the third world citizens who wanted to elect one of their own president of the USA? (More like left over OSI Soros money)

  • LastBestHope

    Poltical miscalculation seems to be the hallmark of these “Obama” Dems. The Nov 2nd elections were evidence of this fact. This Wisc. Dem tantrum is just more of the same from tone deaf lefties, who still think they can bully, lie, yell, blame FOX NEWS, call a pig a swan and fully except MSM to convince US that swans say oink.1. The Wisc. public sector unions will lose BIG both now and in the future ’cause during the next election cycle, the voters will make sure their next legislature is Dem “runaway” proof.2. Obama has lost Wisc in 2012, as his intrusion into their business won’t be forgotten.3. Obama has lost ground in other states that are facing the same budget issues, with Ohio being the biggest loss.4. The Dems just short years ago had almost all the power one could imagine a political party having at both federal and state levels. Today, much of that power is gone and the what remains will almost surely be taken from them in the next election cycle. And on top of all their other failures, $5-$6 a gallon gas will be the most obvious and biggest FAIL the voters won’t forget or forgive.

  • Neiman

    Why is it if things are so damn tough in Wisconsin that, the GOP Governor, Senators and Assemblymen are not all setting the example by drastically cutting back their own wages, paying for their own benefits or paying a greater share if they are paying any at all, whatever the case might be; and then cutting back their staff, making their staff pay for their benefits or more of their benefits, as the case might be? If things are so bad in the country and we need to make major budget cuts, why don’t those guys in DC volunteer for major cuts in their salary, their benefits, cutting back on their rich retirement packages and in many, many ways leading by their example, suffering real pain, making their staff and other government employees suffer a bit as well? Why are Wisconsin and the boys in Washington talking about sacrifice and I mean only talking , but not really doing anything truly sacrificial themselves?

    Now, I might be wrong, maybe in both places they are volunteering for personal sacrifices, there is a host of things I don’t know; but if they are not all volunteering to make significant, painful, personal sacrifices, they need to shut the hell up until they are ready to get in the same damn boat with the rest of us.

    • robert108

      Are Gov Walker’s salary and benefits greater than other governors’? Even so, there is only one of him, and thousands of greedy govt employees defying the will of the electorate.

      • Neiman

        I don’t care! If our leaders are going to ask for sacrifices for the common good, in this case the economy of the State of Wisconsin, it is poor leadership that drives people to follow a certain path while refusing to embark upon it himself. A goat herder beats his goats to drive them, sheep follow a sheepherder because they trust him.

        The Governor rightly took issue with the benefits of the teachers as compared to the private sector, but wait a minute . . . he’s a public employee too, shouldn’t he set the right example, to walk according to his own talk? Or, is it do as I say not what I do? Sorry 108, legislators and those in the executive branches generally have much greater compensation, benefits and retirement packages than the average taxpayer – their employers; and it is wrong IMO, they are public servants, not a special, privileged ruling class. When they tell other public employees pay more and accept less, I think they need to lead by example or they lose all moral authority.

        Sadly, I think the GOP has an image of more for us – less for you, unless its taxes of course. Sacrifice that is not equally shared by all, is tyranny.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Good job Old Pal, I concur and have written as much.
    The unions have conceded each and ever monetary point to the gop Gov. and yet he continues with his tyrannical anti real American crusade.

    • Neiman

      I am not your damn pal Craphead, we do not agree on anything, we are not on the same side of any issue, not even in the smallest way – we are enemies and I do not want your pathetic self agreeing with me about anything EVER. Go the hell away, stop stalking me and obsessing with me!

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        I never called you my damn pal Craphead, Old Pal and yes, yes you and I do agree that the gop should boldly lead the way by cutting their own public sector wages, eliminate their own socialistical publicly funded health care, their own publicly funded pensions because as you wrote: “they are public servants, not a special, privileged ruling class.”

        But gop wants that. They want to be a ruling class and you will vote for them until their chickens come home to roost.

        • Neiman

          When you use the “pal” name in addressing me Billy Jeff, it is recognized as your calling me your personal pal and you know it (Pal definition; a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum), it is offensive in the extreme because we are bitter enemies in every sense of the word and not pals. I have told you it is offensive and so for you to continue to use it means you are deliberately, with every comment trying to offend me. So, your denying you are calling me YOUR pal is a damnable lie from a pathological, demon possessed liar.

          You cannot even be original, you are so madly, gayly in love with me, obsessed with me and stalking me you even steal my word for you – CRAPHEAD, so you are also an ignorant fool. It is a shame your mother did not have the good sense to abort you.

          We agree on nothing Craphead, absolutely nothing and I will not waste time with a vile, pathetic creature like you to even bother explaining why. Even on this issue we have absolutely zero agreement.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            I have never called you my pal, Old Pal.
            We are not pals.

            But good job on calling out gop.
            We are in agreement.

          • Neiman

            LIAR!

            When you use the “pal” name in addressing me Craphead, it is recognized as your calling me your personal pal and you know it (Pal definition; a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum), it is offensive in the extreme because we are bitter enemies in every sense of the word and not pals.

            You are the most damnable liar on earth.

            We agree on nothing and your insisting we do shows what a deluded, child of hell you really are, a demon possessed pathological liar. We agree on nothing child of hell Craphead!

            Thank God I have work to do or you would high jack another thread with your lying filth. EVERYONE at SAB wants you to stop these lying rants of yours.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, you wrote”

            “Sorry 108, legislators and those in the executive branches generally have much greater compensation, benefits and retirement packages than the average taxpayer – their employers; and it is wrong IMO, they are public servants, not a special, privileged ruling class. When they tell other public employees pay more and accept less, I think they need to lead by example or they lose all moral authority.”

            We are in agreement, we are brothers.

          • Neiman

            No liar we are not in agreement at all – you are lying. I won’t try and explain it because you lack the intelligence to understand and because whenever you insult me by calling me your pal, you create a barrier to rational conversation.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, I agree with your statement highlighted above.

            How is your day going so far?

          • Neiman

            It is never pleasant dealing with a god cursed child hell liar like you. You are excrement & the world would have been better off if your fool of a mother had aborted your pathetic lying ass.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            So…not good?
            Stop all your hatin’ and turn that frown upside down, Old Pal.

            I’m happy to see that you and I are simpatico as to what the gop needs to do to show they are not the hypocrites we all know them to be.

          • Neiman

            Look you filthy scum bag, you low life son of satan – we DO NOT agree, get that through your lying, demon possessed head once and for all. We do not agree on any issue in the tiniest way. Now climb back up between your mothers legs and head for Planned Parenthood, I am sick of your lies and you demonic games.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Yes Old Pal, we do agree on the points you brought up earlier.

            I’m sure even your Jesus is making a black mark or two next to your name today, Old Pal.
            Why not stop with the histrionics, change out of those nancy pants and tell us who you would vote for if our presidential election were held today.

          • Neiman

            Look you filthy scum bag, you low life son of satan – we DO NOT agree, get that through your lying, demon possessed head once and for all. We do not agree on any issue in the tiniest way. Now climb back up between your mothers legs and head for Planned Parenthood, I am sick of your lies and your demonic games. You are a damnable LIAR and you are going to find out when you leave this physical world, you are already spiritually dead, that you father-in-hell hates you – always did, always will and he dragged your sorry self into hell with him for eternal punishing.

            Now quite obsessing on me, knock off your gay love and stalking me, go after Hanntized he will embrace your gay love.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, you wrote:

            “The Governor rightly took issue with the benefits of the teachers as compared to the private sector, but wait a minute . . . he’s a public employee too, shouldn’t he set the right example, to walk according to his own talk? Or, is it do as I say not what I do? Sorry 108, legislators and those in the executive branches generally have much greater compensation, benefits and retirement packages than the average taxpayer – their employers; and it is wrong IMO, they are public servants, not a special, privileged ruling class. When they tell other public employees pay more and accept less, I think they need to lead by example or they lose all moral authority.

            Sadly, I think the GOP has an image of more for us – less for you, unless its taxes of course. Sacrifice that is not equally shared by all, is tyranny. ”

            I agree.

          • Neiman

            You cannot agree you damned liar, because you don’t even understand what these words mean and as long aas you offend me with that name I will not bother to explain it to you. You have deliberately,, with malice, with your evil heart and twisted them out of all proportion to satisfy your own black heart. WE DO NOT AGREE @ ALL Now go play with yourself like you do daily!

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, unless you now disagree with yourself, then we both agree with what you wrote.

          • Neiman

            No I do not disagree with myself, that is a tactic of your father in hell – you don’t want the answer, any answer because it is more important for you to deliberately offend me with every comment by calling me dirty names. We cannot ever agree – you are of your father in hell and I am of the Spirit of Christ.

            Now stop high jacking the thread for your demonic games – everyone here at SAB want you to stop.

          • Neiman

            The only way to shut you up is to run out this comment section so you can no longer reply.

          • Neiman

            The only way to shut you up is to run out this comment section so you can no longer reply.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, how can it be a hijacking when my comment addressed a concurrence with your previous comment?

            I agree with what you wrote, do you?

          • Neiman

            Stop calling me that vile name if you want an answer or shove it where the sun don;t shine!

          • Neiman

            Asked and answered Son-Of-Satan!

          • 2hotel9

            Notice that booborygami has once again hyjacked a thread, without ever addressing the topic. Typical, for a whiny lying c*nt.

  • $8194357

    By Michael Barone
    2/24/2011
    Everyone has priorities. During the past week, Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people.

    But he did find time to be interviewed by a Wisconsin television station and weigh in on the dispute between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s public employee unions. Walker was staging “an assault on unions,” he said, and added that “public employee unions make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.”

    Enormous contributions, yes — to the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign. Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.

    Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.

    So, just as the president complained in his 2010 State of the Union address about a Supreme Court decision that he feared would increase the flow of money to Republicans, he also found time to complain about a proposed state law that could reduce the flow of money to Democrats.

    And, according to The Washington Post, to get the Democratic National Committee to organize protests against the proposed Wisconsin law. Protests that showed contempt for the law, with teachers abandoning classrooms, doctors writing phony medical excuses, Democratic legislators fleeing the state and holing up in a motel. The lawmakers played hooky without losing any salary, which is protected by the state constitution.

    It’s true that Walker’s proposals would strike hard at the power of the public employee unions. They would no longer have the right to bargain for fringe benefits, which are threatening to bankrupt the state government, and they would no longer be able to count on government withholding dues money and passing it along to them.

    But what are the contributions that public employee unions make to our states and our citizens? Their incentives are to increase the cost of government and reduce down toward zero the accountability of public employees — both contrary to the interests of taxpaying citizens.

    An argument can be made that higher pay, generous benefits and lavish pensions will attract better people to public employment. But where are the studies that show that citizens of states with strong public employee unions get better services than citizens in states without?

    What citizens of states with strong public employee unions do get are higher taxes and enormous pension burdens that threaten to squeeze out funds for ongoing services, as even Democratic governors like Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jerry Brown of California have figured out.

    That’s why one of the great 21th century presidents was against unions for public employees who have civil service protections. No, not Ronald Reagan. It was Franklin Roosevelt who said, “Action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable.”

    So while the Wisconsin unions are defying the law, Scott Walker is in effect following FDR’s lead — and if he’s successful, others may follow. That would be an enormous blow to the money power of the public employee union bosses.

    Public opinion seems to be with the Republicans. Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that 48 percent of voters support Walker, while only 38 percent support the unions.

    This seems to be a sharp reversal of opinion over the last five years. Back in 2005, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sponsored a series of ballot propositions that would have reduced the power of the state’s public employee unions. The unions spent something like $100 million — all of it derived from taxpayers — on TV ads, and all the propositions were defeated.

    Now hard economic times have left voters wondering why public employees pay practically zero toward their health insurance and pensions when they have to pay plenty themselves. Wisconsin, which led the nation on civil service a century ago and on welfare reform in the 1990s, may be showing the nation the way ahead once again.

  • 2hotel9

    Public employee union members are 1.3% of the population of Wisconsin. What, exactly, gives them the “right” to steal from the other 98.7% of the people of Wisconsin?

    The people of Wisconsin have spoken, the elected Walker, and other conservatives, to fix the massive problems created by the unionscum and Democrats, and that is what will happen, despite all of the lies and screeching of the unionscum and Democrat a$$holes.

  • LastBestHope

    hey Dems…here’s an idea. Explain why your ideas are so much better than the GOP ideas, find an attractive candidate that will embody your hopes and dreams for the great state of Wisconsin and go win election to office. Once in power you can propose and pass your swell ideas and all in Badger land will be happy again.

    or…uh…didn’t that just happen last Nov 2nd…. and didn’t the voters say NO MORE TAXES, FIX THE DEBT?

    It’s called the democratic process.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Old Pal, don’t worry about the space, we can always start up a new chat.
    But it looks like you’re getting a little grouchy, so you better go take your nap.
    We can always chat about how much we agree on later.

    I gotta say, you really hit the nail on the head with that comment about gop.

    • Dutchsays

      Looks like Acker J has migrated from OTC to this blog and invented yet another phony ID. Not content to pose as a little rodent with overstuffed cheeks, or a rag doll parrot Acker? How are things at DFL central?

      • 2hotel9

        Are you saying our favorite suckpuppet sucks somewhere else?!?! NO WAY!! That would be deceptive and dishonest. Oh, yea, WAY. That is all it does here, spew lies and sh*t.

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