Ask Why

You may soon be approached by someone asking you to sign a recall petition against Governor Walker. Don’t avoid them. Don’t be unpleasant. Embrace the opportunity.

We eagerly await the knock on our door. We’ll ask the petition circulator to help us understand why Scott Walker should be removed from office.

We hope they take a long time explaining, because every minute they spend failing to get our signature is a minute they don’t spend getting someone else’s. It’s fun to be a subversive.

We’ll also ask how they’d go about solving Wisconsin’s budget problems. After all, the yawning chasm of a $3.6 billion deficit would still have been there last January regardless of whether it had been Tom Barrett instead of Scott Walker taking office. Suppose it had been Mayor Barrett: Would we now be counting the public employee layoffs and the giant tax increases and saying how sad it is but it had to be done?  Governor Walker eliminated the deficit without raising taxes and without laying off thousands of state employees,and the left is waging a recall.

If “making the top one percent pay their fair share” comes up, we’ll ask what their fair share might be and insist on some sort of answer.  Then we’ll point out that you could tax away absolutely everything currently owned by the top one percent in Wisconsin and with lots of luck it would finance state government for a few months.

The circulator won’t believe that, because he or she probably won’t be very good at arithmetic. Ironically, the people who bear direct responsibility for that problem will make up a large percentage of those circulating the petitions.

But be nice. Engage in discussion. You won’t even be wasting their time, because there’s a chance they might learn something.


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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