Moment of Truth in Wisconsin

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If a new poll taken by Democrats is accurate, the recall race in Wisconsin is closer than the conventional wisdom indicates. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake contends that Republican Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, are now tied at 49 percent. The election takes place on June 5th and many believe it is a bellwether indicator of national sentiment going into the general election in November. By challenging the power of government unions in that state, Walker has become a lightning rod for leftist animosity. Yet perhaps just as important is the race between sitting Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin president, Democrat Mahlon Mitchell. That race has always been close. Thus, the possibility exists that Wisconsin could end up with an ideological split in the state’s top two offices.

With respect to Walker, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus believes the governor will win and that the victory will have national implications. Priebus cited a number of factors for his confidence, noting “an electorate that earlier than normal is making up its mind,” “where we’re sitting right now on absentee ballots,” and the idea that focus groups indicate a “decent amount” of Democrats “think that this recall stuff is out of control.” He further contended that a Walker victory would send a signal that “it’s time to stop spending more money than we have.”

The national implications? Priebus said that “if Wisconsin goes red (in the recall election), I think it’s lights out for Barack Obama.” That may be overly optimistic. Wisconsin hasn’t voted Republican at the presidential level since 1984. Yet Wisconsin did flip both houses of the legislature and the governorship from Democrat to Republican in 2010. Whether that enthusiasm for Republicans — or disdain for Democrats — is still relevant in November remains to be seen.

Democrat National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sounded far less confident. “It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin. It’s an election that I think is important nationally because Scott Walker is an example of how extreme the tea party has been when it comes to the policies that they have pushed the Republicans to adopt,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But I think it’ll be, at the end of the day, a Wisconsin-based election, and like I said, across the rest of the country and including in Wisconsin, President Obama is ahead.”

The “extreme tea party policies” to which Wasserman Schultz refers? With respect to Wisconsin, the legislature passed a bill that makes most government union workers pay marginally more of their own health insurance and pension costs. It limits collective bargaining to base wages and ties wage increases to the inflation rate. It requires unions to hold re-certification votes on an annual basis. And in a move that directly threatens the status quo of union leaders’ political clout, it makes the payment of union dues voluntary, not mandatory.

This is where Wasserman Schultz’s argument breaks down. If the elimination of mandatory dues is “radical,” it stands to reason that most, if not all, union members would continue to pay them, for “solidarity sake” if nothing else. Yet in states where mandatory dues have been eliminated, reductions in dues collections have plummeted by 70-90 percent. This in turn limits government unions’ ability to get candidates elected via massive campaign contributions. Candidates who are then beholden to the same unions with whom they “negotiate” wage and benefit packages — ostensibly on behalf of taxpayers who, in Wisconsin at least, may be on the verge of ending this particular arrangement.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: ~ "Moment of Truth in Wisconsin"

    There is NO "Truth" in American media/politics!

    While dead voters continue to validate OBAMA & the Liberal agenda;

    ~ Conservatives, like Scott Walker, must re-validate their Victory, & always win at least – TWICE!

    • Alex

      Yes, sir. Walker will prevail!
      BTW – trillions of tons of plastics around us – come from crude oil…..let's ask any Dem how a wind turbine or pond scum will make it…. :p

      • H&R_ Barack

        "Moment of Truth in Wisconsin…"


        • Roger

          It depends if they can have the same voting machines Reid had in Nevada.
          Or maybe the chad counters from Florida….

        • Roger

          I think they find out how close it is before they start 'finding' boxes of ballots.

    • Grayzel

      I live outside of a small town in central WI. It will be close. If the TEA Party cannot get the the voter turnout to at least 70% it will be a squeaker. In my opinion Scot will win but the unions have been dragging people from the south side of Milwaukee in the van loads for weeks. They are scouring Madison to drive people to the polls. Last night a TV station interviewed some of those herded to the polls for early voting. Everyone of them said it was their first time voting. I think their dental plan is founded in England.

      • KarshiKhanabad

        This is not quite like Germany in 1932, but close IMO. Lived in Green Bay once, Milwaukee was like a different world. Their mayor reminds of "Fast Eddie" Rendell of Philadelphia, just as slick.

        Sure glad I live in the South. Here, a "union" is a plumber's term meaning the joining of two pipes of unequal size.

    • Asher

      This is as crazy as it comes…,Recalling a governor who has lowered taxes, reformed the budget, created jobs, and made a huge difference in Wisconsin's economy..Its about Union Greed and Government Domination, and hopefully the voters who have families and need jobs are sick of the 2 and 1/2 year recall chaos!

  • Chezwick

    This is huge folks…ground-zero of the battle for the soul of America. A Walker win (or loss) will set the tone for November.

    I was talking with my little woman last night. We both agreed that the politics can be turned around overnight (witness the difference in the fortunes of both parties from 2008 to 2010). The real problem is economic. $15.7 trillion in debt is a hole that's just too big to dig out of.

    If Romney wins, there's an ever so slim hope we can turn things around. Obama's re-election is a veritable death-sentence for the USA….(though the actual collapse will take another decade or two). If you're so inclined folks, say a prayer for Walker's chances. If not, ar least cross your fingers.

    • BS77

      I am betting Walker will win. Not all the residents of Wisconsin are union shills and stooges. The union's greed was contested by Wisconsin's prudent Governor. All the lies about his ending collective bargaining are plain to see. Gov. Walker did what was necessary to curtail the insane spending in his state. The State employees unions, teachers unions and SEIU have gold plated employment, medical, and retirement plans……No one in the private sector gets these huge over time salaries plus all the other incredibly expensive perks.

      • Roger

        Remember the recall for the supreme court justices and senators?

        The dems pretend this hasn't been tried in Wisconsin lately.

  • Craig

    Joe Kaufman will unseat Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the U.S. Congress. Elect Joe Kaufman for Congress.

    • Asher

      Wasserman Schutz is worthless…she can't even get people to listen to her. Wisconsin brings in Rosanne Barr, as if people want to hear her Trash the Star Spangled Banner again…The Left is sooooo in Trouble!

  • Gene Waldenmaier

    For those of us that can not send money, please send prayers. God is there, He has not changed or moved. If you do not experience God than you are lost or wondered from Him. You will have more time in your day if you start with prayer and reading the Bible that God authored .. .


    Another point that needs to be made is that if and when Republicans win, they have to begin to disempower the Left; otherwise, the tipping point will be reached and the Democrats will rule until they cause a total collapse at least. That means breaking the power of the public sector unions. Scott Walker's mistake was that he didn't go anywhere near far enough – while Republicans had the votes they should have banned the public sector unions altogether.

    The big picture is that Republicans need to chip away at Democrats' ability to buy votes with other people's money. Breaking the unions is an important first step.

    • Looking4Sanity

      "…if and when Republicans win, they have to begin to disempower the Left…"

      Indeed! And they should begin by purging them from THEIR OWN RANKS!!!

      Drive the RINO's back to the Democrat Plantation where they belong!

      • Roger

        Will Boehner have decent golfing back at home?

        • Looking4Sanity

          More importantly, will he have a home to go back to if he doesn't find the remnants of his spine between now and then?

          • Roger

            More than Indiana's Lugar.
            He didn't even pretend to own a home in his state.

          • Looking4Sanity

            And the hits just keep on coming, don't they? What a mess this country is in.

  • Steve Chavez

    EDWARDS got away with murder, so to speak, since there were die-hard Democrats in the Jury. He was their pretty boy and the one to stand up to George Bush! They wanted to be in the jury. It happens and during a highly political case here in NM, the jury had two members who were directly connected to defendant but nothing was done when the U.S. Attorney was informed.

    In Wisconsin, you can bet that die-hard Democrats and their MARXIST MAFIA UNIONS, LIKE SEIU, ARE POLL WORKERS. I am also suspicious of those workers who will claim they are Republicans to balance out the staff and to make sure no fraud is committed. Our last Secretary of State is under indictment for voter fraud but the case is dragging out due to the Attorney General who is the son of a former Democrat Governor of NM. The case will probably be dismissed due to "a timely trial" clause and that was the goal in the first place.

    WATCH OUT FOR VOTER FRAUD! Now Florida is in trouble by Holder's Justice Department for removing ILLEGALS from their voter logs. Holder is citing a couple of cases of wrongful identity but there were thousands that need to be purged.

    Again, my 12 year son was a registered Democrat in 2008, 2010, and he's getting calls from the Democrats now for the primaries next week!!! The calls have been recorded for proof!!!

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: "Moment of Truth in Wisconsin"

    The Moment of Truth in Wisconsin was the election of Republican Governor Scott Walker.


    • Looking4Sanity

      LOL! ;o)

  • H&R_ Barack


    • Roger

      Until the liberals run out of dead voters or crooked ballot machines.

  • mrbean

    It is well established that public-sector unions especially have become the nation’s most aggressive advocates for higher taxes and spending. They sponsor tax-raising ballot initiatives and pay for advertising and lobbying campaigns to pressure politicians into voting for them. And they mount multimillion dollar campaigns to defeat efforts by governors and taxpayer groups to roll back taxes. Name an initiative to “increase business and income taxes and fight government cuts” in your state –and you’ll discover behind it unions, flush-with member dues, fighting tooth and nail against the common good.

  • truebearing

    The only way Barrett will win is through voter fraid, which the Democrats are expert at. Planned voter fraud may be why Obama has steered way clear of Wisconsin and hasn't opened his big mouth once in support of the old ACORN collaborator, Barrett. Could it be that Obama doesn't want to be associated with more election fraud?

    Things are tense in Wisconsin and those of us living here, who aren't Marxists or overpaid public sector parasites, are handing out donations and encouraging friends to vote. We don't want the Commies back in control. Walker has accomplished so much that is good. We can't endure slipping back into the corruption of the criminal unions and the evil Left.

    • Asher

      Heck Walker defeated Barrett the first time by a big margin…Hope Walker has the Ballot and Voter Fraud police out, or it could turn out like Minnesota's election Norm Coleman and Jerkweek Al Franken. Franken mysteriously kept finding new votes in bizarre places!

  • c5924w

    The defeat of the Left Tuesday will send a loud message. all

    Private sector unions and owners…divide what they make….

    Public sector unions and Dem Pols…divide what they take…

    On Tuesday…the good people of Wisconsin will reject the latter….

  • tim

    Nancy Piglosi said in Oct 2010 everything was hunky dory

  • mrbean

    Mt great fear is that the dominate members of the Republican Party speak the small government line ti bet elected, but are actually RINOs who love big government and the gravy train for those elected that goes with it