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On Super Tuesday, you could have been voting for the guy who saved Wisconsin taxpayers $5 billion
But no . . .
To this day I don't understand why so few Republican primary voters - or should I say poll-respondents because it never even got close to a primary - were interested in the presidential candidacy of Scott Walker. Governed successfully according to conservative policy principles. Check. Took on public employee unions and won at multiple levels. Check. Beat back a recall election engineered by union goons and corrupt Democrat prosecutors. Check. Remained steadfast in the face of media hysteria and left-wing protests that sometimes turned violent. Check.
Oh, and now we find out this:
The good news for Wisconsin taxpayers is that despite the millions of dollars in damage that union muscle and college students did to Wisconsin’s capitol building while protesting, the policy changes implemented by Act 10 ultimately saved taxpayers billions.
Like North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Wisconsin was a state where, following a lengthy period of Democrat rule, Republicans took control of all levers of state government in the 2010 midterm elections. Confronting a more than $3 billion budget deficit upon taking office in 2011, Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators responded with Act 10, also referred to as the Budget Repair Act, which helped put Wisconsin’s finances in order by doing the following:
- Limits collective bargaining to wage negotiations, and requires annual union recertification.
- Requires government worker pay increases in excess of the rate of inflation be subject to voter approval.
- Ends automatic deduction of union dues, requiring union bosses to make the case to workers why they should join and financially support a union.
- Requires government workers to start contributing something toward their health insurance and retirement savings.
According to a recent report by the MacIver Institute, a free market think tank based in Madison, Act 10 has saved Wisconsin taxpayers over $5 billion.
That is an astonishing policy achievement, especially in a blue state and especially in the midst of the demonstrations and hysteria that accompanied every single move Walker made.
So what exactly was the reason Walker attracted so little interest? I know he sounded a little confused in his answers to some questions on immigration, and it was once reported completely erroneously that Walker had proposed building a wall on the Canadian border.
But I have a question for you, and I ask it with only the thinnest of patience: Is that as deeply as you look at candidates for president of the United States? Conservatives are understandably frustrated with the inability to elect people to federal positions who actually get results. Here is a guy who has not only gotten results at the state level but has done so in the face of absolutely insane resistance.
I actually knew people claiming he was "not a real conservative" or even a "RINO" or even in a few cases a "liberal" because supposedly in 2002 he said something that sounded favorable toward "comprehensive immigration reform," whatever it is you interpret that to mean.
I'm sure it's possible that he wasn't as assertive in debates as some people wanted him to be, or that he hired a campaign staffer or two who weren't the best. But is it possible that the importance of such things gets way overblown in primary campaigns, and that we completely overlook what really matters - which is a candidate's track record governing?
I used to smile all day long thinking about Scott Walker putting his record of achievement up against Hillary Clinton's complete lack of one. I think he could have won 400 electoral votes. That's how humiliating that mismatch would have been for her.
Instead, well, happy Super Tuesday. I guess this is what you wanted.
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