Thingish Things

Waterloo, Wisconsin

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Aug• 10•11

Public employee unions in America met their Waterloo in Wisconsin last night.  After spending millions of dollars and thousands of man hours trying to topple six Republican state senators and regain the Senate majority in the Madison statehouse, the union recall effort fell dramatically short. Republicans held four of six seats, and with them, a majority in the Senate. It was almost universally accepted that the Democrats would take back the Senate, but the voters felt otherwise.

It is impossible to overestimate what a big deal this is. Wisconsin has been the battleground for the national movement to reform over-generous and unsustainable benefits for public employees.  Public employee union tacticians from across the country — aided directly by the Obama White House — threw everything they had over the past several months into blocking Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s reforms. They shut the capital with protests, ran tens of millions of dollars worth of scare ads, denied the Senate quorum for almost a month by shipping Democratic senators out of state, and bused in protesters from the four corners of America. But to no avail. The traditionally Democratic voters in the Badger State said “enough is enough.” 

A chief reason for last night’s Republican victory has to be the success of Governor Walker’s reforms.  Despite all the protests and scare TV, Walker’s measured cuts are saving jobs and helping Wisconsin get back on its feet.  People like what he’s doing. 

Last night’s rejection of public employee union pressure is being noticed in every state in America. 


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One Comment

  1. Your Friend says:

    One seat is not dramatically short. The only reason they managed to hang on by the skin of their teeth is because of the millions of dollars lavished on them by the Oligarchs from Kansas.

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