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Wisconsin voters should retain Walker

June 5, 2012

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If the polls are right, today’s vote in Wisconsin on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators could amount to a redial of their original victory. Voters who first elected the conservative Walker on a promise to fix the state’s dismal economy and crushing debt appear ready to reaffirm their judgment.

They would be making the right decision given the results Gov. Walker appears to have produced.

When Walker ran for governor, he promised to eliminate the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. He says he has done this. In fact, the Walker administration projects a surplus of $154.5 million by the end of the 2013 fiscal year. In this Walker mirrors Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, who also turned a deficit into a surplus in his first months in office without raising taxes.

Walker promised to create a “Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission” and identify $300 million in savings to taxpayers. The commission identified $450 million in savings. According to Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, unemployment in Wisconsin dropped from 7.5 percent in 2011 to 6.7 percent in 2012. A survey conducted by the Manpower Group shows state employers expect to increase their hires in the second quarter this year. And according to the Chief Executive Group, www.chiefexecutive.net, Wisconsin jumped from a ranking of 41 on a list of the best/worst states for business under former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, to 20th under Walker.

Republicans, who too often flee the political kitchen unable to stand the heat, will see that political fire can often strengthen backbones. Walker has stood against the heat of labor unions, not only in his state but from others as well, that descended on Wisconsin, occupying the state capitol for weeks last winter. He has also withstood the media onslaught, which, with few exceptions, has favored unions and Democrats in their pursuit of unaffordable benefits and unlimited spending.

If Walker survives the recall, he will send a message to President Obama and Mitt Romney that taxpayers are ready to consider a reduction in the size and cost of government, along with possibly returning it to its constitutional boundaries. Wisconsin went for President Obama in 2008. This year it’s considered a swing state.

When the public is treated like adults, and issues are carefully explained to them, they make decisions that are in their government’s best interest, as well as their own. The left has thrived on emotion and superficialities in selling nonstop spending and government expansion to the public. The right now has an opportunity to drive home an ancient truth: When the price of something exceeds the ability of an individual or a government to pay, we must conclude that we can’t afford it.

In our anything goes era, that truth, which was widely accepted by those who lived through the Great Depression and World War II, may seem foreign to many. But it is based on a belief system that once served us well and can again. Letting our “wants” exceed our ability to pay is what gave us the housing crisis and led to recession. Living within our means heals government and individuals.

The University of Wisconsin fight song contains these words: “On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Fight on for her fame. Fight, fellows, fight, fight, fight! We’ll win this game.”

Except that today’s vote is not a game. It is about whether Wisconsinites and perhaps all Americans are fed up with nonstop spending and overreaching government. I’m betting they are and that they are unwilling to let the USA, the nation they love, be converted into a giant ATM.

— Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.

Comments

tbaker 1 year, 10 months ago

28,785. That is how many dues-paying members of the American Federation of State, County and Municiple Employees were left in Wisconsin after Mr. Walker allowed them to choose whether union dues would be taken from their paychecks each week. Before that, Afscme had 62,218 dues-paying members in Wisconsin. There is a degree to which public union involvement is, simply, coerced. (Peggy Noonan)

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

The losers who signed the recall petition should be billed for the cost of the election.

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bd 1 year, 10 months ago

WHAT A BUNCH OF CRYBABIES!!!!!!!!! YOU LOST GAME OVER! GO SPEND YOUR UNION DUES ON SOME OTHER LOST CAUSE!

Tea anyone??

LJW NICE REPORTING--NOT!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

VOTERS BEWARE VOTERS BEWARE VOTERS BEWARE

Massive Misinformation Machine Confused Wisconsin Voters = do recall vote AGAIN

Election Protection Hotline Keeping Busy with Confused Voter Calls

Questions about requirements for Election Day Registration, poll workers improperly asking voters' ID and deceptive robocalls suggesting voters who signed petitions or voted in earlier elections did not have to vote again are among reported issues.

Below are some of highlighted issues being reported:

* Voters initially turned away despite providing sufficient proof of residency;
* Voter was challenged by poll worker because she did not provide a photo ID; however, when the voter threatened to record the conversation, the poll worker apologized and allowed her to vote;
* Voter received a letter in the mail falsely stating that her polling location had changed because of an event;
* Voter reported being turned away and witnessing others turned away despite providing sufficient proof of residency;
* Voters reported being challenged repeatedly by the same poll worker, but having no problems with a different poll worker;
* Voter received a voicemail from an unidentified voicemail falsely stating that if you voted in a recall primary you don't need to vote in the recall election);
* Voter reported individuals wearing "Vote!" teachers providing incorrect and misleading information to voters about the location of their polling location. They suspected that these individuals were attempting to dissuade voters by frustrating and misleading them;
* A voter reported that he and his wife encountered people inside the polling place (not officials) yelling at him “you better not vote for Scott Walker,” and another individual asking to see their ballots and, when they refused, accusing them of being Republicans;
* Poll workers were making mistakes by marking the wrong names on the voter roll, and not monitoring the polling boxes;
* Leading up to the elections Milwaukee County buses had false information about photo ID laws, dissuading voters because of their lack of ID.

http://brookfield-wi.patch.com/articles/election-protection-hotline-keeping-busy-with-confused-voter-calls?logout=true

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

The nation is changing and demanding fiscal accountability from our elected politicians. A 2010 repeat? Time to finish the job and get rid of the Liberals and their failed Liberal policies right after Obamacare is rightfully declared unconstitutional by SCOTUS.

NOBama, 2012...One and Done!!!

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 10 months ago

With 152 days until the election, Obama faces a grim new reality: Democrats believe Obama can lose. Last week's anemic job-creation and economic-growth data was sandwiched between two Bill Clinton specials (1) the former president lauded Romney's business record as "sterling"; and (2) Clinton veered from Obama's childish line on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts. The failure to unseat Wisconsin's Scott Walker in a recall election was another bad sign for Dems.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2116715-1,00.html

Let's end the nightmare. Romney 2012!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

Where's observant been? I hope he/she/it wasn't injured by the avalanche of FAIL that happened Tuesday.

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booyalab 1 year, 10 months ago

Public school is like a giant MS-OS computer that has grown 5 stories tall and is trying to steal all our money and eat us alive. It's not just laughably antiquated, it's bent on destroying us.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

Exit polls are being hashed right, left and center even as we speak. http://minx.cc/?post=329916

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

I must say I am a bit surprised at this result. Not that Walker won. I thought that was at least even odds. But I am surprised at the margin of victory.

It also surprises me that in exit polls, Obama was ahead of Romney considerably.

What this says to me is that the voters supported the status quo. While this Walker victory could spell trouble for Obama, the exit poll numbers suggest that Obama might get a "status quo" bump that aided Walker.

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

Wisconsin voters should retain fluids.

/ not biosolids

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 10 months ago

In other election news from yesterday, California rejected a $1 per pack additional tax on cigarettes. Opponents claimed that this tax would hurt the poor, as they represent a disproportionate higher number of smokers.

I'm amazed people could make that argument with a straight face.

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reality_checker 1 year, 10 months ago

"Personal attacks and name-calling are not allowed and your badgering of another user is what got those posts removed." -Alex Parker

That applies to about 25% of this forum (conservative leaning). The rest are allowed much more latitude, and every conservative poster, past and present knows it. I no it won;t but hope this post stays up long enough for at least a few to read it and 75% of the left, namely Agnostick will cry foul, and the other 25% will agree 100%. It was the same with Dan Cox, Jonathan Kealing and Whitney Matthews. You and the others mentioned, like the liberals on this forum, do not even realize it and never will.

Agnostick harasses, badgers and attempts to incite nearly every single post---of course aimed at the handful of conservative users. He should be banned if anyone should, but hell will freeze over when that happens.

Respectfully,

reality checker

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

It may help if LJWorld would publish a new TOS so we would all know what the rules are. I have had a number of posts deleted and I have no idea why they were deleted. TOS enforcement is getting rather hit and miss without clear guidlines as to what is allowed and not allowed and seemingly at the subjective judgement of the moderators. I know it's private web site but subjective inconsistency can lead to accusations of partisanship and favoratism which in turn leads to hostile comments as you have seen from at least one poster who took a voluntary leave of absence from the forums. to cool down.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

The headline on my own Facebook feed this morning: "Thank you, Scott Walker. You have done us a great and historic favor. Our most important next step is now blindingly clear.: we must overturn Citizens United. We must enact a Constitutional amendment recognizing only natural, human personhood."

Scott Walker outspent Tom Barrett to the tune of 8:1. Of the money spent, over two thirds of Scott Walker's campaign contributions came from out of state, corporate sponsors. The bulk of Barrett's contributions came from in state, single donors. If nothing else, it proved that elections can be and are, bought.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 10 months ago

It should be noted, however, that the Democrats gained control of the Senate in this recall.

Of course the legislature is out of session for this year and won't be in session again until after the next elections... so we'll see if the Dems can hang onto that majority.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 10 months ago

Here's a headline you won't see, but should: "Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote."

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/06-0

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 10 months ago

I would be the last one to dance on Barrett's political grave today, but 29% of union members voted for Walker. In addition, voters who live with a union member, but are not themselves card-carrying members, supported Barrett by a very narrow margin 51% to 48%. This does not bode well for the Chicago union thug in chief this November.

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Agnostick 1 year, 10 months ago

In 2010:

Walker Popular vote 1,128,941 Percentage -- 52.29%

Barrett Popular Vote 1,004,303
Percentage -- 46.52%

In 2012:

Walker Popular vote 1,331,076 Percentage -- 53.2%

Barrett Popular Vote 1,158,337 Percentage -- 46.3%

A clear victory for Walker and his supporters. Both sides apparently brought more people to the polls on election day--but Walker's machine was slightly stronger.

A little more than two years from now, Walker will face the voters again--as will Sam Brownback.

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jafs 1 year, 10 months ago

Those who hail this victory should consider whether they apply the same standards to other issues.

For example, a recent poll showed that about 54% of Americans now favor legalizing same sex marriage.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

Packers are 6-1 favorites to win the Superbowl XLVII.

Pats 7-1 in 'early' action.

"Who dat" Saints at 16-1. This one has me 'perplexed' with their "bounty" issues.

oh! the article...this is probably the way 'Vince' would have liked the election results to end. 'Normal' people in charge.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 10 months ago

Why are the Wisconsin election results buried on page 5A of the LJW? This is the lead story in just about every other news source in the country. Liberal bias anyone!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

( .......... from .......... a ......... source .......... )

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Mike Ford 1 year, 10 months ago

the voters of wisconsin didn't win this election....the adelsons, kochs, and other robber barons did.....nice to see our resident paupers paying homage to their economic oppressors...just like the small farmers in the south paying homage to the plantation owners masters who held all poor people in check. it's funny and ironic but I always hear some patriotic dimwit building up america. why did they leave europe? they left europe because many of the immigrants there were leaving feudalism where their ancestors were paupers and they came here for a better life (laugh). they are such history dummies that they come here and support whom one might ask? the very kiind of crooks who drove their ancestors here. dumb is coming on fast......

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

Lib "Bitter Clingers" will be in denial today. It's painful for Larryville far left extremists to accept the fact that voters will be demanding fiscal accountability from their elected officials. The gravy train stops here sheeple.

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cato_the_elder 1 year, 10 months ago

On another note, it was highly entertaining last night to listen to Rachel Madcow desperately attempting to spin this Democrat Disaster in Obama's favor, while Paul Begala on CNN directly criticized Obama for not coming to Wisconsin, a sure confirmation of the ever-growing rift between still-bitter Clintonistas and the Choomer-in-Chief as November 2012 approaches.

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jafs 1 year, 10 months ago

Interestingly, Walker outspent his opponent by about 8/1, but only won by about 54-45% last time I saw the numbers.

Of course, I'm sure this will be hailed as a "landslide" victory and a "mandate" by some.

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cato_the_elder 1 year, 10 months ago

Snap, maybe Observant did something else when the results began coming in.

The grapes will be plenty sour today, as has already been demonstrated above.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

"observant (anonymous) says… Wonder what the nutcases will be saying after Walker is recalled today? June 5, 2012 at 6:38 a.m." I LOLd so hard I think I peed a little.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

Apparently, the "smell of fear" has the Dims making promises that even their sheeple must have a hard time believing. I hear that Biden has promised a cure for cancer if Obama is re-elected. The Halo-ed One has to be very concerned after the Wisconsin vote. After all, he won that state in 2008 rather handily. Was this a referendum on Liberalism and failed Liberal policy? I think so. And I also believe it will carry over to November.

NOBama, 2012...one and done!!!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

Today I will salt my food with the bitter tears of disappointed progressives.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 10 months ago

FYI-- Democrats did gain control of the Wisconsin Senate, so Walker's class warfare agenda will at least be greatly slowed.

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woodscolt 1 year, 10 months ago

If the Dems had any real interest in winning this recall they should have picked a "non austerity " candidate to run against the right wing fanatic.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 10 months ago

So, thanks to a massive propaganda campaign courtesy of Citizens United, a majority of Wisconsin voters still believe that all problems can be cured if public workers will just join the race to the bottom that the plutocrats have forced on everyone else.

One thing about reality-- eventually it bites, and even the hardest core teapartiers will realize they've been had. Let's hope that things haven't sunk into the abyss so far by then that we can never climb out.

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Armstrong 1 year, 10 months ago

This is just a warm up. Come November people will be held accountable. " If the economy has not turned around by the end of my term I will be a one term President" Barack Obama

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

"... affirmation of Walker...."

,;-D

And, by that, you mean he avoided being recalled.

/ ah, little victories

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 10 months ago

Watching CNN, commentator David Gergen said that when given the opportunity, more than half of union members from the largest public sector union had opted out. That number more than the election result itself is what I'll take away from this evening.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, Wisconsin allowed a bunch of rich, out of staters to buy their state. I'm sure they will all negotiate separately with their employees for a wage cut to make all those Walker fans happy. All of you who work for wages, go to work tomorrow and kiss your boss' feet. Tell him that you'll take a cut in pay. Beg him to cancel your health insurance. That way he and his investors will have more money. We can't let those poor people suffer. You should be glad that he lets you come to work for him. All hail the lords.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

Star Parker said it best. "The Makers are fed up with the Takers"

Browny feels 'empowered' I'm guessing.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 10 months ago

Walker's spread has dropped to 11% (down from 20%) but he's still up by 195K votes with 78% reporting.

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HomeSlice 1 year, 10 months ago

What happened to union membership (dues) once they were able to opt out? Dropped like a bad habit.

Way to go Walker. Time for this effort to spread to other states. The affirmation of Walker is far more than voters 'just wanting it to be over'. It's the only way out.

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gphawk89 1 year, 10 months ago

So is there some cooling off period before the unions can ask for another recall or can they start wasting millions more taxpayer dollars right away?

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Armstrong 1 year, 10 months ago

What Obama's thinking right now. Doh ! jsut wait till November

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

CNN has Walker winning by 17% now. Better luck next time, disappointed progressives.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

It's a done deal...Kinda' early to call it, but it wasn't even close. 60% to 40% the last I knew. Libs have been setting themselves up all day to make a voter fraud charge. I think they knew right from the git-go that they were toast.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

B y huffpo's tally, Walker is up by about 20% right now.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

Polls close soon on Walker's day of reckoning.

Should be fun.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

The NYT says that in exit polls, Obama is ahead of Romney.

Not sure how this will affect the Walker recall, but it is good news for Barrett.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Voters were illegally turned away from the polls in Deerfield, WI for not showing ID. WI has no voter ID law. GAB has intervened and are asking people to return to the polls.

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

' The University of Wisconsin fight song contains these words: “On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Fight on for her fame. Fight, fellows, fight, fight, fight! We’ll win this game.” '

Oh, don't you just love it when Cal's (et al's.) pom-poms get all swishy.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

If Walker wins, it will be interesting to see how he responds.

Will he learn moderation and compromise with his political opponents, or will he use this as justification to continue his extreme, bullying, no-compromise tactics to destroy his political opponents.

I think I know the answer, but....

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irvan moore 1 year, 10 months ago

has cal ever done any real or meaningful work

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Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

Anyone know of a good website for watching the results?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

Are there any Wisconsin Panthers hanging around the polling places and brandishing cheese sticks at people?

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sourpuss 1 year, 10 months ago

The only people this election will actually affect are the people of Wisconsin. If they want to keep Walker, then fine, they'll keep them. The Democrats there ran a very weak candidate, as they seem to like to do. External money is rife, I guess everyone involved considers it money well-spent. However, Wisconsin is not the US. It is its own state with its own problems. Y'all can pontificate about this all you like, but it doesn't matter for most of us, it isn't a harbinger, and it doesn't reflect national sentiment. This is just a crazy side-show so enjoy.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

Lotsa' "Liberal-Think" going on in this particular forum and they almost always get it wrong. what's new?

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weiser 1 year, 10 months ago

I grew up in a little farming community outside of Madison Wisconsin ( a college town like Lawrence) same thing there; a bunch of liberals surrounded by reality!

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pace 1 year, 10 months ago

I wish Kansans had the right to sign a recall petition for Sam Brownback. Our rights are more constricted, favoring the politician's rights. I would sign a petition against Koch rule, oh, I mean Brownback's disfigurement of the Kansas infrastructure. Brownback should resign. Kansans need a good education system, not a denuded one.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?" The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. "When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. "They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. "The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America . The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time. One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

Walker and Brownback deserve the same jail cell.

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Liberty275 1 year, 10 months ago

This should be a great day. As much as anything, this election is a gauge on American attitudes towards unions, so it has meaning beyond the election itself. As well, it sets the stage for the presidential election, at least regarding public employee unions.

Going forward, I would like to see people's right to assemble in unions preserved, as it must be, but we need to get every state back to right-to-work status and it should be illegal for union dues to be withheld from a persons paycheck without their express permission renewed annually. Also, no card check. If a union wants in, it should be by secret vote only.

Good luck today Mr Walker, and if you win, please continue your war against unions as an example other governors and our presidents might follow. America has few bright spots right now so we should be thankful for men like Walker that are willing to stand up and take America back from those that think it's OK to charge workers dues for the privilege of working to feed their families.

Wisconsin, get out there and vote!

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Agnostick 1 year, 10 months ago

"I won't be coming home tonight (ssssssssssssha-sha!) "My generation will put it right! (ssssssssssssha-sha!) "We're not just making promises (ssssssssssssha-sha!) "That we know, we'll never keep(-pah!)"

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Alyosha 1 year, 10 months ago

Unions generally have your interests at heart far more than billionaires. We can thank them for 8 hour work days (corporate interests used to demand far more hours, like they still do in China), weekends off, opposition to child labor, workers comp in case of injuries on the job, etc.

Unless your are an oligarch, billionaires don't share or care about your interests, no matter how well their marketing departments try to tell you they do.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 10 months ago

BTW, the Walker recall has nothing to do with reducing deficits-- it was his use of the deficits as a pretext for crushing public unions, even though those unions offered to make considerable concessions-- and Walker refused to even talk to them.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 10 months ago

Walker very well may survive, by a very slim margin.

But that will only mean that the economic death spiral that he intends for the middle and working classes will continue. Combined with the John Doe grand jury investigation of the massive corruption during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive, and his highly divisive campaign of class warfare by his billionaire backers against public employees (and everyone else in the working and middle class,) this will trigger massive blowback as voters rebel against the austerity movement driven by the wealthy saying that we're broke, so everyone but they must pay.

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bd 1 year, 10 months ago

He did exactly what he said he would do and the union cry babies are crying foul???

Tea anyone????

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks like Walker's camp is up to some dirty tricks. Is this the kind of person you would want in office if you lived in WI? One that has to spread lies and misinformation even when ahead in the polls?

http://www.salon.com/2012/06/05/nasty_robo_calls_in_wisconsin/singleton/

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jafs 1 year, 10 months ago

"When the public is treated like adults, and issues are carefully explained to them"

Does anybody else see a contradiction here? Children are the ones that need things explained to them, not adults, right?

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 10 months ago

Quote for today:

"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living." -- Anonymous

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Cal lives in lala land. This is one of the closest races ever seen and at this point no one knows how it's going to turn out.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, it's gonna be a nail biter for both sides.

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observant 1 year, 10 months ago

Wonder what the nutcases will be saying after Walker is recalled today?

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

Regardless who wins. The union is 'still' there lurking about.

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cato_the_elder 1 year, 10 months ago

Agreed, but whatever the outcome in Wisconsin, Obama's problems on the economic front are formidable:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47674714

Obama and his liberal Democrat accomplices have proven for all time that Keynesian Economics is a scandalous fraud.

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lrN51EXCXydF 1 year, 10 months ago

What I find so fascinating about all this is the right's big old bearhug of a man who's clearly in very real danger of being indicted for political corruption. Imagine if Democrats had spent months praising Blagojevich -- the lack of foresight in all the Walker hero worship is astonishing.

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Mike Gerhardt 1 year, 10 months ago

I firmly believe that the state will retain Walker, and that could be the start of problems for the Obama administration.

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