Walker Wins, 53-46

June 6, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker beat the recall yesterday.

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National Review Online’s Robert Costa reckons,

Regardless of whether Governor Scott Walker survives Tuesday’s recall election, Wisconsin’s public-employee unions are likely to see their power continue to decline.

The numbers are dramatic:

Indeed, according to the Journal, the American Federation of Teachers–Wisconsin, a labor organization representing 17,000 public-school teachers, has seen 6,000 members leave its ranks.

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I think I heard Sean Hannity say last week that the Democratic National Committee had written off the Wisconsin recall election as unwinnable, that they thought Walker already had a “lock” on it.  In any case, the word is that the DNC practically refused to spend any money on the race.  Then, as one blogger headlined it, “DNC Shamed Into Helping Wisconsin Recall, Still Not Committing Funds”.

Now a new poll from We Ask America suggests that their fears were well-founded:  It has Governor Walker beating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by a twelve-point margin, 54 to 42%.

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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  The Ohio reform was then itself repealed by ballot initiative, in a campaign funded largely by out-of-state union money.

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Via COAST and the Washington Examiner, according to a Rasmussen poll, even government workers admit (46-32) that government workers don’t work as hard as the rest of us.  (The original Rasmussen report is apparently here, but full article available only with subscription.)

Note that federal-government employees are also paid a lot better for their lackluster work.

Issue 2 Needs You

November 1, 2011

It’s not too late to make a difference.  Get-out-the-vote efforts will continue through this weekend.  If you’re in Ohio, you can find a volunteer center near you—including address, contact information, and hours—on this map.

I know, I know—you’re busy.  So am I.  So is everyone.  I’m doing this in addition to my full-time job, church, campus-ministry volunteering, and everything else.   Read the rest of this entry »

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I remember John Derbyshire arguing years ago that public-sector unions shouldn’t exist, in his top-ten list of “Necessary but Impossible” reforms:

Outlaw public-sector unions

Why do public-sector workers need unions? The purpose of unions is to protect employees against unscrupulous bosses, who might seek to maximize profits by taking advantage of those who work for them. In the public sector, however, there are no profits to be maximized, no shareholders to appease. The work that is being done is being done in the public interest — against which, as Calvin Coolidge quite correctly declared, there is no right to strike. So what do government workers need unions for? If public-sector workers don’t like their pay and conditions, they can appeal to the tax-paying public, who are their ultimate employers. If that doesn’t work, they can go get jobs in the private sector, and take their chances with capitalism, like free citizens of a free nation.   Read the rest of this entry »