More bad news that didn’t happen

The list of awful things not happening in Wisconsin grew longer this week, with word that half the new jobs created in the United States during June were created here.
That’s not a typo.  The entire U.S. economy created a net 18,000 new jobs in June.  Wisconsin created almost 13,000 in the private sector and shed about 3,000 in the public sector for a net gain of about 9,500.
It’s been some time since Democrats have bothered trying to win elections other than by telling voters their Republican opponents want to abolish workers’ rights, destroy the schools and favor big corporations over the jobs of working class families.
Well, last fall Republicans won and what’s happened?  Now, government workers have the right to forgo unionization if they wish. Layoffs have been avoided. In fact, the school districts laying off teachers are doing things the union’s way; those using reforms provided by Republicans are hiring more teachers with the money they’ve saved. And where is the highest percentage of this year’s new jobs to be found? In construction and manufacturing.
Judged on that basis, the so-called “Republican war on the working class” isn’t going too well.
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Please don’t stop digging

Whoever they are—we hope the dead-enders who show up to yell insults at every public gathering involving Governor Walker keep failing to understand what a favor they’re doing the rest of us.

Every time these people deliberately make themselves obnoxious by trashing a Special Olympics ceremony or a welcome-home event for military veterans, they alienate a few more people who might otherwise have been sympathetic to their cause.

That “cause”  can be concisely defined as destruction: Anything Walker supports, they’ll try to wreck, and never mind the details. Of course this binds the Left to a dangerous tactic, confronting people who are celebrating with disruptive screams.

This week union thugs haunted the opening ceremony for Beloit’s Welcome Center:

Anti-Walker protesters, donning masks, props and signs, drowned out most of the presentation by state tourism and local officials with chants of “If you have a spine, resign!” and other sayings some found offensive. Meanwhile, local dignitaries carried out planned speeches and a ribbon cutting. 

Hot tip for protesters: Seeking out crowds and trying to spoil things they like probably won’t help your cause.

Wisconsin is playing a lead role in ending roughly 50 years of Left-Liberal governance and reaction is the infantile rage on display
statewide at public events. Ironically, every loudmouth protest helps.

Content-free candidates

In three weeks, half a dozen Republican state senators will know if doing their jobs constitutes a firing offense.

There’s zero doubt that the August 9 recall elections are a bid by government unions to undo collective bargaining reforms.

Has any Democrat candidate mentioned that?

Arguably, collective bargaining by government employees is not the biggest issue; it’s the ONLY issue, the whole reason for the Republican recalls. But check the campaign web sites of the six Democrat challengers and, to the extent they’re willing to go anywhere near a recognizable public policy position, they appear indistinguishable from the Republicans they hope to depose.  Examples?

They want to balance the state budget, create jobs, support education, and protect if not expand programs for senior citizens. Despite ritual denunciations by each of these six empty vessels, the Walker budget does all that and in fact preserves aid to education as the state’s highest spending priority.

Not one of the six Democrats dares mention the sole reason for the recall elections they’re running in.

Meanwhile, Big Labor resorts to its preferred weapon, the Big Lie. A political action committee called “We are Wisconsin is dumping trainloads of money on advertisements blaming targeted Republicans for bad things that actually aren’t happening. The only real connection between “We are Wisconsin” and Wisconsin is their name. The PAC is spending several million dollars furnished by the national AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and other big unions.

Give them credit for two things: They realized a truthful name—“We are Washington, D.C.” comes to mind—wouldn’t help them overturn last November’s elections. And they saw that openly campaigning against collective bargaining reforms would be a non-starter.

“Merit” selection, 101

Predictable as the sunrise, the Left is using unpleasant relations among Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices  as a pretext for doing away with judicial elections—or put more bluntly, for terminating the people’s right to decide who they trust to serve as their judges.

Legislation to accomplish this has appeared in the form of a constitutional amendment.  Coated with bipartisan camouflage paint, it’s already attracted favorable editorials from the kind of people who would prefer that their friends at the country club hand-pick judges, rather than let those unenlightened and unreliable voters have their say.

The bipartisan pedigree is not an endorsement but a warning sign. As so often happens, it signals that yet another booby trap has proven irresistible to a Republican who imagines that the key to GOP success is to behave in ways that please Democrats.  State Senator Dale Schultz—last seen casting the sole Senate Republican vote in opposition to the Governor’s collective bargaining reforms—seems organically incapable of shedding the belief that Republican participation transforms bad ideas into good ones.

On the other hand, introduction of a constitutional amendment sets up the prospect of serious and extensive debate. Amending the state constitution requires approval in two legislative sessions with an election in between, and then in a statewide referendum.

There will be ample time to explore what’s beneath the deceptively appealing surface of so-called “merit selection” for judges.

The most important thing about merit selection is who does the selecting, and if you’re thinking Scott Walker, think again. In states
with merit selection, governors of either party are typically stuck with a short list of choices served up by panels of (uniformly liberal) lawyers.

That’s just one of the many reasons to shun this bogus “reform.”

The Party of Civility

Memo to the Left: If you intend to keep on lecturing Conservatives about  showing respect for other people’s opinions, stop trying to criminalize the opinions of those who disagree with you. And above all, stop screaming in the faces of those whose respect you presume to demand.

Last week brought yet another example of Liberal “civility,” as Governor  Walker had to compete with the infantile Left chanting “Shame!” and other brain-dead slogans at the centennial celebration of Racine’s Gateway technical College.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this and similar episodes. Among the more embarrassing ones is the stunning self-absorption of technical college system board member Michael Rosen, quoted as saying the Governor, who presides over the system, shouldn’t have appeared at the event.

Since the current Governor has assembled a state budget that resolves the $3.6 billion deficit left behind by the Governor who appointed Mr. Rosen, and did so without raising taxes while funding education above all else, gratitude might have been the more appropriate response. Oh, did we mention Mr. Rosen is president of the faculty and staff union at Milwaukee Area Technical College?

We hold out little hope of the Left honoring the standards of behavior it indignantly demands of others, but in this age of connectedness, that might be a good thing.  Nowadays, anyone who chooses to act like a slob in public stands a good chance of seeing his behavior broadcast worldwide within minutes.  If the Left persists in using calls for civility as a tactic to intimidate others while exempting itself, a majority of people will soon enough understand.

The more celebrations of civic virtue the Leftists disrupt, the sooner their political influence will end.

Hack Journalism

This week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hit an all time low.  In what can only be described as hack journalism, columnist Dan Bice reports a hearsay story from a single anonymous source with absolutely no back up.   The source, described by Bice as a prominent Green Bay area business leader, allegedly claimed that State Senator Rob Cowles (R- Green Bay) told him or her that Governor Walker’s office threatened to run a primary opponent against him if Cowles opposed the Governor’s Budget Repair Bill. Bice gratuitously mentioned that the Club for Growth ran adverting in Cowles district encouraging him to support the bill.

The offices of both Governor Walker and Senator Cowles told Bice that conversation never happened:
His campaign manager, Craig Summerfield, said Friday, “Rob doesn’t’t recall making any such call.” As far as he knows, Summerfield said his boss has not told anyone that he voted for the budget-repair measure to avoid facing a right-wing Republican challenger. Summerfield said Walker’s office never issued Cowles such a threat. Cullen Werwie, a spokesman for the governor, offered a stronger response. Werwie said no one in Walker’s office bullied the moderate Republican into voting for
the governor’s bill.
“Not true,” Werwie said. “That’s flat-out not true”

Bice said his source asked not to be identified by name because doing so would hurt the person’s business and industry relationships.

So Bice and his paper are protecting the identity of a source whose sole purpose is to ruin the reputations of both Senator Cowles and Governor Walker.  The reason for identifying sources in the first place is to allow the public to judge the veracity of their claims.

Bice and his editors have forever sacrificed their credibility and integrity to take a cheap shot at the Governor and a state senator who just happens to be running in a heated recall election.

Call or email Dan Bice. Tell him what you think. 414-223-5468.

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Government union bosses who surely know better, are pretending the election of Scott Walker made Wisconsin into an outer precinct of Hell. We trust they’re smart enough to recognize that- propaganda notwithstanding—they still have it pretty soft here.

If you find that hard to believe, look at Connecticut. Public employee unions there were feeling cocky after the 2010 elections left the state with wall-to-wall Democrats, including one replacing a (nominal) Republican in the Governor’s office.

Alas, things have fallen short of expectations. The new Governor, Daniel Malloy, is trying to close a $1.6 billion budget deficit brought on partly by rich public worker benefits.

To put it mildly, Connecticut unions overplayed their hand. Several thousand government workers are losing their jobs this week, after their unions rejected concessions that would have kept them working at current salary levels.

So pretend you’re a visitor from another galaxy and all you know is that one state’s Republican governor won modest benefit concessions from public unions but kept all their members on the job, while in another, richer state, a Democrat governor failed to win concessions and is laying off thousands of union members who supported him.

Now guess which state’s union members march around with pictures of the governor made up to look like the second-bloodiest dictator of the 20th century. (The bloodiest dictator is never brought up, possibly because some union bosses liked him.)

Connecticut is just one of many states with mass layoffs of government employees. Ironically Wisconsin—where unions are yelling the loudest—is among the places where they have it best