The Recall Heard Around the World

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No one is worried about the profit margin because there is no profit — it’s government! Rather, the only people on the other side of the table are the unions’ co-conspirators: Democratic politicians willing to spend the public treasury on union members, who will repay the politicians by mobilizing voters.

This is why Walker’s victory Tuesday night was an amazing, miraculous, transformative event in the history of the nation.

Even the Terminator couldn’t beat the government unions. In the dumbest move ever made by a politician, in 2005, two years into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first term, he called an off-year special election to enact a few minuscule reductions in public-sector union perks, such as making it humanly possible to fire bad teachers.

Even in a normal election year, initiatives curbing government employees’ boondoggles are nearly impossible to get past the powerful unions.

But worse — as in Wisconsin — this was an off-year election. Unlike Wisconsin, however, it was Schwarzenegger’s idea to hold a special election on the advice of his political consultant, Mike Murphy, the Bob Shrum of the Republicans.

Let’s see, who would be likely to vote in an off-year election? We’re going to cut your exorbitant benefits, require you to work, and make it easier to fire you, public employees. Do you have any interest in voting on that?

Anyone with half a brain could see disaster coming from a mile away. Even with the language barrier, Arnold should have seen it coming.

Within weeks, Tony Quinn, a California Republican consultant, stated categorically: “The governor needs to cancel this special election, regardless of the political cost, because he’s headed for a huge political defeat.”

But Schwarzenegger’s adviser, Murphy, was brimming with confidence, dazzled by the governor’s celebrity status. He gloated, “He’s still Arnold Schwarzenegger.” (Murphy never saw “Twins.”)

Public sector unions spent a jaw-dropping $80 million to defeat Schwarzenegger’s initiatives, portraying the governor as the enemy of cops, teachers, firefighters and “people like us.”

Mike Murphy: “I am confident we will win.”

In the end, union members turned out in droves on Election Day, defeating every single initiative. Everyone else in California woke up the next day and said, “Hey, did you know there was an election yesterday?”

The failure of Schwarzenegger’s propositions ended his governorship. From that day on, he became the Democrats’ plaything.

The 2010 census marks the first time California has lost population since it became a state.

The decision to call an off-year special election to roll back public employees’ perks will long be remembered as the all-time stupidest idea in political history. One hundred years from now it will still be studied at the Kennedy School of Government.

Wisconsin made history in a different way Tuesday night. As Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said, the recall election will go down in the record books as the night “the campaign to save America” began.

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  • Rocky Mountain

    The size and number of government buildings in downtown Buffalo confirms Ann's portrait of NY as a state devoted to taxation.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    44 year old Scott Walker kept his job as Wisconsin's 45th governor thus foreshadowing election day when Mitt Romney will be elected 45th president retiring number 44 to the ash heap of leftist history.

    Click ApolloSpeaks to read my widely linked piece: "Ronald Reagan, Wisconsin's Recall Vote And The 1920 Presidential Race." It's mind blowing.

  • davarino

    I agree with Rebecca Kleefisch, this is the beginning. Look, Scott did not abolish govment unions, he only asked that they contribute to their bennies like all the rest of us schmucks. What makes them so special? And I think that is what made the electorate wake up for this recall. I have no problem with private sector unions, I dont have to buy their product. They are free to shoot themselves in the foot all they want, but public sector unions are a different bread. They extort money from me, the tax payor, and make me buy their "product?".

    This is the rallying point

  • StephenD

    Good point. Walker DIDN'T eliminate the Unions. He merely asked them to take on their share of the burden and also to allow for FREE WILL MEMBERSHIP as opposed to mandatory membership. If anything, the so called "Liberals" should applaud this. I have no problem with there being an employee advocate for working conditions or representation in discipline procedures, etc. There is a place for such people. But there is no longer a need for the unions as they currently exist. This was the beginning. My money says we'll see many more municipalities wake up and begin to do what is right by the folks paying the tab.

  • hammar

    Turning America around is the first thing we must achieve together. Scott Walker won because the people in Wisconsin believed that. It is a "one step @a time" process and it will take time and votes. So we must vote this
    amateur out of the White House to move forward or He will destroy all our ways of life. So vote and pray!

  • BS77

    Read Ann Coulter's DEMONIC……for an in depth and definitively researched book on the nature of the leftist mob mentality and behavior, historically and currently.

  • Michael Canzano

    Just when I thought the liberal mind set was too far entrenched and pandemic in voter choices for insanity over
    common sense , the Wisconsin recall election showed me insanity does not rule . In a "D" state a Conservative
    was elected twice in his first term . My prayers are that common sense will carry over into November.
    May America become America again. Amen !
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • marios

    V. Lenin, the leader of Russian 1917 revolution said "Unions are the school of communism". Indeed. Only 7% of private sectors have Unions and that percentage continue shrinking as they bankrupt private companies. Look at our not long time ago famous prosperous automotive companies. Unions bankrupted them. So they occupied Government jobs sector. It was great idea: Government is not responsible for anything, government use not his own money but our, tax payers money. Chicago political style "pay to play" is reflected Government Unions activity. Government provide them special conditions which is advantage but not equal opportunity as in fair capitalists world and Unions always paid back supporting Democrats , Big Labor bosses salaries 700000 to more than $1,000,000. Not bad. They know what they are fighting for.

  • truebearing

    Scott Walker has shown us a path to freedom from the Democrat/union collective extortion racket, but there needs to be more clarity on what made Walker's leadership so effective.. Yes, Walker showed courage, and many think that is the path. Not exactly, though courage is indispensible.

    What Walker did in his battle with the unions was something we expect from a politician even less than courage. Walker was openly willing to lose his governorship. He did what needed to be done, though aware that he could well lose his office. He was willing to sacrifice his own personal gain, fame, etc for the good of Wisconsin's citizens. He did what he did out of principle and altruism.

  • truebearing

    In M. Scott Peck's "People of the Lie," he asserts that evil must be eliminated in this world by people willing to sacrifice themselves to end it. He also points out that evil can't understand self-sacrifice because of the intensely ego-centered nature of evil. Walker defeated the union's evil by being willing to sacrifice any personal ambition.

    Now compare Walker to Obama, who calculated that helping his union buddies might hurt his reelection, so he failed to honor his words of promise to the unions. Obama proved graphically that nothing and no one is important enough to him to even consider giving up power. That should chill every spine in America. He is not a good man.