They hate it because it’s working
May 30, 2012
In the closing days of the recall campaign, the clenched-fist people have settled on a theme. It’s been around for months but now it shows up everywhere: “Reclaim Wisconsin.”
It’s the most—really the only—interesting thing they’ve said. Interesting because it begs the question: reclaim Wisconsin on whose behalf, and to what purpose?
Evidently to put a stop Governor Walker’s reforms that have saved taxpayers over a billion dollars.
A Wisconsin Reporter story highlights a new study from the Beacon Hill Institute that analyzed the results of reforms contained in Governor Walker’s (Act 10) budget repair bill.
It provides yet more indisputable evidence that the Walker reforms are working. They’ve saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than a billion dollars, avoided thousands of layoffs in both the public and private sectors, and in many cases created the opportunity for enhanced efforts in public education.
So to get back to that question about reclaiming Wisconsin on whose behalf and to what purpose, the answer is to restore the unwarranted free ride on retirement savings and health care benefits for those who would gobble up the tax savings, continue the status quo in education, and let the layoffs happen.
For the record, we thought Wisconsin had been reclaimed by its honest citizens and taxpayers in November 2010 when they threw Democrats out of the governor’s office and terminated their control of both legislative houses. And again in 2011, when they rejected a left-wing Supreme Court candidate and voted to retain Republican control of the state senate.
The only “reclaiming” going on now is the attempt to reverse those decisions by the voters and hand power to people whose chosen symbol is a clenched fist. Just try reclaiming anything from them.