Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Lesson for NM

Remember when folks on the Left thought the guy who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was a conservative/Tea Party guy instead of a nut? If they weren’t actively trashing conservatives, they were talking about “toning down the rhetoric.”

Fine, I agree, we can disagree without being disagreeable (see my posting about Sen. Ortiz y Pino). But, isn’t it time the union thugs in Wisconsin got the civility memo? There, supporters of needed union reforms have gotten death threats. Lest you believe that this is an isolated incident, check out articles here, here, and here.

Now, it has been reported that at least one Wisconsin school has seen a dramatic, positive, budget turnaround due to Gov. Walker’s labor reforms:

The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.

The lesson: If you go after the entrenched unions, you will pay a price, but facing unfair criticism is what leaders do when they make the right decision.

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3 Replies to “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Lesson for NM”

  1. I for one, would like to see a detail of exactly how this was achieved. What and how much did the state take from these union workers? I certainly don’t condone public sector unions bleeding out the state, but the alternative isn’t any more fair. I am always in favor of fiscal responsibility, but lately there seems to be a disturbing trend that government should be run as for profit enterprise. That’s just as bad, probably worse. Governments should not be run for Profit, they should be run for People.

    1. Collective bargaining is a tool, not a right. It is a tool for monopolistic unions to gain leverage with monopolistic and irresponsible government officials, many of whom rely on those very same unions for election. I don’t think any of us have to worry about government running a profit in anything but the most isolated of circumstance.

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