Cut the GAB

Last week we told you that David Buerger, a staffer for the “non-partisan” Government Accountability Board (GAB), said explicitly that if the names Adolf Hitler or Mickey Mouse appear on a petition to recall Governor Walker, it will be up to the Governor’s campaign, not the GAB, to challenge them.

That admission, along with the GAB’s refusal to find and eliminate duplicate petition signatures, has resulted in the first recall-related lawsuit against the agency.

Now the MacIver Institute reports that some of Buerger’s recent twitter posts demonstrate an obvious hostility toward Republicans and Governor Walker:

The same employee who admitted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board would deem all recall signatures valid, even if they were signed Mickey Mouse or Adolf Hitler, has engaged in online activity that could lead some to question his impartiality.

David Buerger, an elections specialist with the GAB used his Twitter account to praise a blog posting wherein Republican State Senator Mary Lazich was called “Crazy Mary.”

“OMG! Headline winner…” Buerger tweeted last month, and then included a link to the blog post.
Just this week Buerger linked to a story about the two-year long investigation by the Democratic District Attorney in Milwaukee that may or may not involve the activities of Scott Walker’s Milwaukee County Executive staff.

“Ruh-roh… John Doe investigation on the move: ”

From a staff riddled with Dane County Liberals and a board dominated 5-1 by Doyle appointees, willful blindness to evil on the Left is expected.  But the GAB’s indifference toward defending Wisconsin voters against brazen fraud is the stuff of a Monty Python sketch.  The Legislature should abolish it and—maybe—start over.

Too radical? Then ask yourself: If the Government Accountability Board ceased to exist, in what way would there be less accountability?

Back to the Future

To be successful, a political campaign must persuade a majority of voters that life will be worse if the other side wins. It’s up to the voters (the media won’t help,) to determine which side is being more honest.

If Democrats are successful in forcing recall elections against Governor Walker and Republican senators next year,  Wisconsin voters will have the opportunity to witness side-by-side case studies of the Walker approach and the anti-Walker approach to governing.

No historical inferences here, no transnational comparisons; instead, voters can watch in real time what’s happening in Wisconsin and Ohio, and make their own decision about what’s working.

In Ohio last month, unions poured tens of millions into a statewide referendum and bamboozled voters into undoing reforms like those enacted in Wisconsin. Now Wisconsin voters can peer into the future and see what will happen here if the recall attempt succeeds in removing Walker from office.

As in Wisconsin, government employee benefits have been eating Ohio school budgets alive. The (now repealed) Ohio reforms included reasonable insurance and pension contributions from public employees, including police and firefighters.  Unions convinced voters this would wreak havoc with public safety, so voters ditched the reforms.  Now there’s no alternative to teacher layoffs. Ohio schools have to take money away from the classroom to pay for teacher benefits, and taxpayers face what could have been an unnecessary choice: higher taxes or less education.

OMG J.B.!

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is using taxpayer resources to defend big government in its quest to stamp out free speech.  It’s not the first time.
In the spring of 2010, The Wisconsin Club for Growth sued the Government Accountability Board for violating our First Amendment right to free speech and our right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. Much to our disappointment, the Attorney General initially decided to defend the GAB.  But after feeling pressure from conservative activists and talk radio hosts who expected him to uphold the constitution, Van Hollen instructed the GAB to back off or find outside counsel.
This week the Attorney General filed a notice of appeal challenging a court ruling that the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) effort to strip Mukwonago High School of its Indians nickname and logo is unconstitutional.
We can’t think of one good reason to spend taxpayer funds defending the politically correct speech police at DPI, so we’ll leave it up to our readers to seek their own explanation.

Bad people, period.

One of the big differences between the Left and Right is that a genuine Conservative recognizes that you cannot label all liberals evil because of their policies. Liberals on the other hand, have a habit of labeling anyone who disagrees with them a “Nazi.”

So we ask ourselves if it’s really appropriate to label recall organizers as thieves and parasites using any dishonest means to deny the expressed will of Wisconsin voters. Regrettably, the organizers have answered the question for us, and their answer is an emphatic yes.

The militant Leftist One Wisconsin Now furnished the answer by posting on its website the following advice to recall enthusiasts:

“You can circulate or sign a recall petition even if you have already signed another recall petition(note, however, that only one signature per person will be counted).”

If there is any way to explain this other than their intention to collect thousands of duplicate—and therefore invalid—signatures in the hope that said signatures will pass undetected by the Government Accountability Board, we’d love to hear it.

One Wisconsin Now’s willingness to force a recall on the basis of phony and repetitive signatures imposes an absolute duty on every honest citizen.

Even people who may be lukewarm toward Governor Walker’s policies should see how their own self-interest requires that he prevail in a recall. Why? Because the alternative is to roll over for the outright theft of Wisconsin’s government by fraud and deceit.

Let these people steal your government, and watch the real thievery begin.

Good luck with that First Amendment thing

If you wonder what kind of place Wisconsin would be if the people who are pushing to recall Governor Walker have their way, look no further.

Wisconsin Reporter tells of a teacher who dared to say in a TV ad that the Walker reforms were needed and aren’t grounds for removing an elected official from office.

In the kind of place recall advocates want Wisconsin to be, those opinions justify a campaign of personal vilification and threats.

But that happened in Kenosha, where you’d expect local unions to mount a—shall we say muscular?—response to the Walker reforms. It wouldn’t happen in most places; especially not in a Republican stronghold like Waukesha County, right?

Wrong.

It seems a member of the Waukesha School Board has been hauled before the Inquisition for expressing her opinion in an ad supportive of the Governor. The alleged problem is that the opinion might be construed as an endorsement of the Governor by the supposedly non-partisan school board, since the speaker is readily recognizable as a board member.

That lame excuse is absurd on its face: The speaker is identified by first name only and as a “school board member,” not a “Waukesha School Board member,” and the ad didn’t air in the Milwaukee area.   We’d like to know how many Waukesha residents, for heaven’s sake, could identify their school board members by sight.

On any given day somewhere in Wisconsin, broadminded, tolerant, diversity-loving Liberals can be found serving notice that if you disagree with them you’d better keep your thoughts to yourself or face real consequences.

That doesn’t sound like the Wisconsin we know. The places it does sound like used to be home to lots of people who fled—to Wisconsin.

Reality strikes again

For Democrats, Rhode Island looks like the place to be: The Governor is an Independent who quit the GOP for being too conservative. The Lieutenant Governor, the state’s Treasurer, both U.S. Senators and both members of the House of Representatives are Democrats, as are 94 of 113 state legislators.

Rhode Island last supported a Republican presidential candidate in the 49-state Reagan landslide of 1984.

But unfunded liability for government employee pensions has grown sevenfold in 16 years to $7 billion, or more than $6,600 for every man, woman and child in the state. This has turned out to be something Rhode Island’s elected Democrats feared even more than the prospect of getting crosswise with their union allies.

So this year the Independent Governor and Democrat Treasurer and 80-plus percent of the Legislature’s Democrats adopted a plan ending cost-of-living increases, boosting the retirement age from 62 to 67, and putting all government employees into a new defined-contribution pension plan.

The unions sued, contending the state has a contractual obligation to pay up under the old status quo.

A court agreeing with the unions’ argument wouldn’t be unprecedented, but look at the bigger picture: No state government has taken more drastic measures to rein in government employee benefits than Rhode Island but we aren’t hearing of its Democrats being driven from office.

Meanwhile Wisconsin’s Governor receives death threats for getting the state budget out of a $3.6 billion hole without layoffs, without increasing taxes and without taking away current retiree benefits. Clearly, there’s no favor a Republican like Scott Walker will be allowed to extend to government unions without having his hand slapped away.

If it weren’t for the “R” after his name, Democrats might be calling him a hero

To what do we owe the honor…?

Is Wisconsin populated with uniquely angry people? Is there something in our abundant water that triggers militancy and a belligerent sense of entitlement? It didn’t used to seem that way.

So if you’re wondering what drove people to make Wisconsin the nation’s battleground since last winter, be assured there’s a straightforward explanation that has nothing to do with bad genes or chemically-altered drinking water:  Other state governments are taking sometimes unpopular steps to put their finances in order. But what’s being done in Wisconsin is far more consequential.

In other states where you hear about reforms, there’s controversy. Here, there’s apocalypse.

It’s all because Wisconsin is taking the only action that can solve the real problem, and the Left doesn’t want it solved. The Left understands Wisconsin is the one state that’s playing for keeps.

A fine analysis of the nationwide dynamics now converging in the streets of our state can be found in The Wall Street Journal’s “Weekend Interview.”

Some key conclusions:

  • Love it or hate it, the Democratic Party at least used to represent broad and diverse coalitions; it now exists only as the political vehicle for government unions.
  • Government unions exist chiefly to enable those who seldom produce anything of value to the real economy to take freely from those who produce value every day.
  • Government unions are deadly serious about politically and personally destroying Scott Walker because right now he’s the only reformer whose actions realistically may end union dominance of government.

Though Walker is mentioned only briefly, every part of the Weekend Interview is essential to understanding why the fight he’s in matters nationwide and what we’re in for if last winter’s gains are reversed. It’s must-read stuff.