Walker’s Second Victory

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The reason the Prosser-Kloppenburg race was so important has to do with the current makeup of the state supreme court. As it is currently composed, the seven member court reportedly leans 4-3 to the conservative side of the ledger, including the incumbent and presumably re-elected Prosser. Prosser was appointed to the court in 1998 after serving 18 years as a Republican in the state legislature. Kloppenburg is an assistant state attorney general who, according to Bloomberg.com, “has given money to Democrats.” Thus, a win for Kloppenburg would have ostensibly tilted the court in the opposite direction.

The critical context here is the fact that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a stay against the results of the legislation curbing government union rights, not because of the law’s content, but because Democrats contend Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law was violated. “It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the [law],” Sumi wrote in mid-March. On April 14th, Judge Sumi dismissed one of three lawsuits filed against the new legislation by Democratic County Executive Kathleen Falk, who can’t litigate because state law forbids an agency or arm of government from challenging the constitutionality of state laws. Two other suits, one by the Dane County district attorney regarding the open meeting statute, and one filed by firefighters and other government union workers are still pending. Governor Walker has asked the state supreme court to resolve these issues — hence, the importance of the election between Prosser and Kloppenburg. The court itself remains non-committal on whether or not they will take the case at this juncture.

In a related vein, sixteen members of the state legislature, eight Republicans and eight Democrats, have been targeted for recall votes by citizens alternately angry with Republicans for passing the legislation curtailing union power, and with Democrats for fleeing the state to prevent a vote. Of the sixteen, two Republicans and four Democrats are likely to withstand any challenge, while the rest are uncertain.

Prosser’s virtual victory represents the latest in a string of defeats for government workers in Wisconsin who have refused to concede the reality that elections — and state budget shortfalls — have consequences. And while there may be some people who believe Republicans went too far with respect to curtailing the rights of government workers, much of that resistance is likely to dissipate: the state’s non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said Governor Walker’s proposed budget would put the state’s finances “in the best shape they’ve been in for more than 15 years.” In a country wracked by economic uncertainty, due in large part to uncontrolled government debt, that bit of reality may be the winningest argument of all.

Arnold Ahlert is a contributing columnist to the conservative website JewishWorldReview.com.

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  • mike

    Observers present during the recount makes Prosser very nervous indeed.

  • davarino

    In my view there shouldnt be unions in government period. You want to be in a union, go to the private sector, which hasnt been working out to well either. The unions are going through a transition, kicking and screaming just like management did when unions started. Now the unions have gone to far the other way and management is taking thier business some where else.

    Unions will have to back down a hair if they are to regain acceptability again. What tax payer in Wisconsin wants to pay more in taxes than they have to just so some schmuck can have it better than them?

  • Steve Chavez

    How many jobs were lost when companies, that were tired of Union demands of higher and higher wages and benefits under the threat of blackmail, just packed up and moved to China, India, and every where but here? Could it be that these very unions are causing the rise of unemployment, not only in their jobs but all the jobs associated with those jobs? What are the average wages of a UAW employee? How many unqualified teachers, who have little to no control of their classroom, are kept on only due to their union? How many unions resort to blackmail and threaten strikes with hopes of crippling that company unless their demands are approved?

    This election victory is an amazing feat since so much union money was put into the challenge, especially from the Marxist Mafia SEIU!

    Now the recall challenge! Is every victory by a Republican going to be challenged with a recall? If I were in a state that did this, I would automatically vote for the one being recalled! The people voted them in with a general election. Only pure incompetence would require me to vote otherwise. Only based on pure politics would not!

    • Sprinklerman

      Agreed Steve.

      I have seen first hand how unions haven't only caused jobs to go overseas, but how many manufacturing jobs in the northeast have gone to right to work states south of the Mason Dixon.

      The unions always say that they are for the Brotherhood/Sisterhood. But when push comes to shove, and it's either layoffs or lower wages, 51% of the membership votes the way the Union leadership wants them to. Most of the time, it involves layoffs of the members with the least amount of seniority, you know the ones with the mortgage, car payments and kids in school. So much for brotherhood/sisterhood!

  • Chezwick_mac

    Walker's ability to implement his cost-cutting agenda has nationwide implications. Other states are destined to follow suit and the public union stranglehold on state-spending policy will soon become a thing of the past.

    This is huge folks. It's the beginning of the end of the long slide towards insolvency. Now, we need a Republican in the WH to follow suit on the federal level.

  • Wesley69

    The two defeats of the Progressive forces have taken their toll and the consequences of these defeats are yet to be seen. But, the events in Wisconsin may signal the beginning of the end of union power. If other states follow Wisconsin's lead, they may adopt Right to Work laws that will allow for an employee to choose whether he/she wants to join a union or not. Choose is the enemy of unions, just as Card Check is the enemy of choose. Maybe more states will end the practice of the closed shop where an employee must join a union or be fired.

  • Gregg

    Union, democrat, progressive and liberal are all just Orwellian words for communist. Union thugs will all pay in the afterlife.

  • pyeatte

    Public Employees unions are responsible for much of the corruption in government due to the nature of the negotiations between the unions and the politicians who are supported by them. FDR and AFL-CIO president George Meany were opposed to them for this very reason. Time to wakeup and eliminate this cancer. Notice that Federal workers do not have collective bargining rights with Congress or the Executive branch and notice that Obama wants to keep it that way.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    While most people are not aware of it, American manufacturing is exceedingly strong. American manufacturing all by itself generates more economic wealth than every country in the world save two. (It is tied with Germany for third place.)

    What has fled offshore are lower level manufacturing jobs. They have literally been FORCED out of this country by a combination of things:

    1. The highest corporate tax rate of almost any country in the world.
    2. Excessive, oppressive government regulations (OSHA, EPA, EEOC, etc., etc.)
    3. Aggressive labour unions and inordinately labour-friendly politicians and laws.
    4. An uneducated work force that is also afflicted with a pitiful work ethic.
    5. A deteriorating dollar (inflation) that leads to ever increasing commodity prices.
    6. A legal system that is a crap shoot at best, especially favouring "labour."

  • Matt

    So now all that's left is to make sure that boxes of votes aren't mysteriously found in the trunks of cars like they were in Franken's election in Minnesota.

  • Boycottman

    Recall petitions have already been filed against four Republican Senators. Four more Republican Senators and Walker come next.