The Reforms are Working

We can’t offer enough praise to those whose efforts thus far have succeeded beyond what many voters thought possible a year ago.

But it’s clear that more needs to be done to hammer home the linkage between Governor Walker’s budget reforms and the positive outcomes they have produced at all levels of government. This is made obvious by recent polling that uncovered a surprising disconnect between preferred results and the policies needed to accomplish them.

In brief, Wisconsin voters are equally divided over Governor Walker’s job performance. They approve of curbing government employee benefit costs but not of curtailing collective bargaining. And by a less-than-comfortable margin for the Governor, they don’t want him recalled.

This hodgepodge of attitudes is a warning that the accomplishments of 2011 are fragile and could be reversed if the electorate doesn’t associate its desired outcomes with the actions that bring them about. The outcomes so far are strongly positive.  Now it’s up to the Governor and legislative Republicans to explain why.

We suspect the anti-recall margin detected in the polling would be a lot stronger than six percentage points if people better connected collective bargaining curbs with avoiding teacher layoffs and controlling the pension and benefit costs paid with their tax dollars. Many aren’t seeing this and the political price could be high.

Democrats have been in “see what sticks” mode, spinning the poll as both a rejection of the Governor and a pro-Walker whitewash by a conservative think tank. Both ideas are preposterous. The pollster, Doug Schoen, has earned his living helping elect Democrats. It would be wise for conservatives to respect his abilities, assume he got it right, and redouble the effort to deliver a message that’s both positive and true.

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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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