November 16, 2011
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.