It is always good to see a newly minted Republican governor in a 2012 battleground state, such as Scott Walker of Wisconsin, working to make good on a campaign promise in a non-election year.
As the Journal-Sentinel’s Patrick McIlheran writes: “Walker is right to limit the unions’ power over government spending.” Wisconsin, like many Midwestern states, currently faces a serious budget shortfall, and unions are working vigorously to block economically rational solutions to this pressing problem. Only by taking the unions head-on will these states be able to right the ship and get themselves in the black on the balance sheet. Hopefully Govs.John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Snyder in Michigan will “man-up” and follow Walker’s lead.
With that said, it does not surprise me that Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature fled to a union-run blue state like Illinois where “tax” and “spend” without accountability has become the state motto. Politicians, like the Democrats in Wisconsin, who choose to duck the severity of our current economic reality rather than address the situation will continue to hurt America’s status as a world economic leader.
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