Save Scott Walker
April 11, 2012
In 2011, Wisconsin and Ohio both passed laws repealing, to a significant extent, the mistake of public-sector unions. (Public-sector unions are a relatively recent innovation; they necessarily create conflicts of interest and represent a structural problem for democracy.) The Ohio reform was then itself repealed by ballot initiative, in a campaign funded largely by out-of-state union money.
Different states have different systems. In Wisconsin, instead of a ballot initiative, the opponents of reform are using recall elections. Last year the reformers successfully beat back liberals’ attempts to flip majority control of the state supreme court (in both the regularly scheduled primary and general election) and state senate (in recall elections). Now Democrats are trying for the really big prize—Governor Scott Walker, the author of the reforms himself.
Like Ohio’s ballot initiative, these recall elections do not coincide with a well-attended larger election, such as a presidential election; so, presumably, they will be disproportionately decided by liberals motivated to change the (new) status quo. (That certainly seems to have been the case in Ohio, as far as I can tell.)
I had been meaning to discuss the recall election anyway, but by a happy coincidence, Disrupt the Narrative also covered it just yesterday, in his usual irreverent style: “Wisconsin Governor Recall Race Turns into Clown Car”.
Over the last few months, writers at National Review Online have also covered some interesting details:
- “Depends on What the Meaning of ‘Recall’ Is”
- “Wisconsin’s Mickey Mouse Recall Process”
- “In Wisconsin, Progressives Against Progress”
- “Walker’s Recall Showdown”
You can read more, and donate to Walker’s campaign, at Wisconsin Recall Action Fund.
Governor Walker says,
I honestly believe that when we prevail, we’ll send a powerful message not only to our state house in Madison, we’ll send it to every state house in America,
We’ll send a message everywhere that if you do the right thing, if you stand up and take on the tough challenges, not only will you prevail, but there will be good fellow citizens there willing to stand with you.
I’ve donated. Will you?