Everyone likes a winner … even impending ones. That’s certainly the case for Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker. Although the liberal-leaning Milwaukee Sentinel’s lead Sunday editorial expressed squeamishness over Walker’s hobbling of cheesehead public employees, the newspaper admitted that Act 10, “—the law that clipped the wings of most public-employee unions in the state —was an overreach of political power, we understand and support the need to rein in the state’s labor costs. Municipalities and school districts as well as the state needed more control over their budgets, which Act 10 provided.”
The Sentinel also noted that a Marquette Law School Poll taken last January found that Wisconsinites want to keep Gov. Walker right where he is: “72% of Republicans, 44% of independents and 17% of Democrats said recalls should be limited to criminal wrongdoing.”
In other words, the public doesn’t think political opposition to the bureaucratic state rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.
To hear union organizers and their oily supporters tell it, attempting to control the cost of government and to curtail the power of state employees over the lives of citizens (and voters) is a crime against humanity.
“I mean, the guy sucks,” said MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz of Gov. Walker, “He’s terrible. The people of Wisconsin can’t stand this guy. He’s going in the wrong direction … the middle-class in Wisconsin used to be very strong and now they’re out to prove that they still are. And the governor is already feeling the heat.”
When Progressives like Schultz speak of the “middle-class” they really mean pampered government employees.
Just in passing, a new Rasmussen poll finds that 64% of “likely U.S. voters” prefer fewer government services and lower taxes.
When European socialists speak of “economic growth” they mean in government “stimulus” spending. After trillions of dollars wasted on bailouts, stimulus and “green jobs,” even the most jaded American is beginning to realize that entrepreneurs create sustainable economic growth and create jobs.
The Milwaukee Sentinel editorial added, “Walker’s zeal to give governments more control over their destinies was, we believe, matched only by his zeal to deal a harsh blow to a key Democratic constituency. That has made him a national hero to Republicans.”
And, they forgot to add, a majority of Wisconsinites regardless of party affiliation.