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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.


About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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