November 10, 2011
Wisconsin isn’t Greece, but in terms of fiscal integrity, it eventually would have been. Thankfully we have a Governor who is unwilling to go there, but there are others who are eager to make the trip.
Some of these factions with Greek envy actually make Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele look fiscally responsible by comparison. Apparently unionized county employees haven’t noticed the growing number of their neighbors who don’t have jobs let alone benefits. One man complained that the county executive was trying to balance the budget on their backs. He’d prefer his unemployed neighbors pay higher property taxes instead.
The picture of entitled classes raging against the possibility of having to pay their own way, or even to help pay their own way, is the story of our times, from Athens to Washington, D.C., to Madison and now, to Milwaukee County.
Almost everybody now sees that. What no one sees is an effort on the part of the entitled classes to recall elected executives like Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, even though they are following Scott Walker’s lead on controlling the cost of government employee benefits.
Maybe the entitled classes expect Liberals like Abele and Barrett to finally prove unserious about getting government finances in order; maybe they believe in the end the Liberals will revert to type and raise taxes to keep the gravy train rolling; maybe they can only handle one obsession at a time.
But it must not go unnoticed that since Governor Walker showed himself willing to start containing unsustainable entitlement costs, Liberals with their own budgeting responsibilities have followed along. They trash Walker’s ideas, but their actions show they understand those ideas are necessary.
Now who, if anybody, should be recalled?