Yesterday, Wisconsin’s silent majority voted to keep conservatives in control of state government.  The outcome of Tuesday’s historic recall elections is a huge setback for Democrats and the unions who control

The election is also a signal to conservatives nationwide that the time for fundamental, structural reform is now. They can pursue such reforms and live to tell about it. The ugly face of union anger will still be on display, but its threats were drained of their menace yesterday by the resolve of voters in a handful of Wisconsin Senate districts.

It’s important also for reform-minded voters and politicians alike to realize that Republican defeat yesterday would have been survivable.

The collective bargaining and government employee benefit reforms, along with the first genuinely balanced state budget in a dozen years, would not have been reversible by the loss of the State Senate majority to Democrats.

Such a loss, however, would have given Democrats the ability to halt any further reform initiatives at least until January 2013—assuming the 2012 elections produce a GOP majority. And it would have given Democrats a bigger megaphone to demagogue every issue and the ability to move cynically contrived legislation through one house.

In those respects, Tuesday’s results spare us an incalculable volume of political trash talk.

Next week, voters in two Senate districts have the opportunity to punish Democrats for fleeing the state last winter and it would be sweet indeed to see their minority shrink further as a reward for their brazen attempt to purge Republican members who actually did their jobs.

From there, it’s on to 2012, with a new and welcome assurance that trying to make government honest may not be a suicide mission after all.


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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