Wisconsin isn’t Ohio. So what?
November 16, 2011
The best thing unions had going for them in engineering the landslide rejection of Ohio collective bargaining reforms, was the fact that the reforms had not taken effect.
That, and at least $30 million in union dues for advertising, phone banks and foot soldiers claiming catastrophe would result from things nobody’s actually done yet.
Had Ohioans gotten the same opportunity as Wisconsin residents to see hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for school districts, teacher layoffs avoided and budgets balanced without increasing taxes, the catastrophe story would have been a tougher sell.
And that, friends, is all the good news there is.
Having bamboozled the electorate of a critical swing state into discarding reform before it was even tried, the unions will be emboldened to mount an all-out effort to take down Governor Walker in a recall a few months from now.
It was said that Team Obama tried to talk Wisconsin Democrats out of pursuing a Walker recall, preferring to conserve resources for next November’s life-or-death elections. Don’t kid yourself that they’re still reluctant after Tuesday’s Ohio massacre. Eliminating the Governor who is arguably the preeminent national reform leader would make the wretched Obama presidency look a lot more politically viable.
The takers in this society will spare no effort to make it so.