Scott Walker, recall target

I can almost promise that man is laughing all the way to his campaign account’s bank. Can you imagine the money he’ll draw with a genuine threat documented? (Ok, just to mention it, the rest of us are laughing that The Big Announcement came during last night’s playoff game. Good grief. If that announcement’s timing is any indication of the Democratic prowess to follow, this won’t even be a decent match. Not to mention Democrats don’t have a replacement candidate. Details, details.)

I’m not going to be very tolerant of the recall effort. I hope they get crushed. Still, I’m not going to defend all of Scott Walker – just the part that I like.

I like that my community can’t raise spending by 2% this year because the repair bill set the cap at 1% or the amounts of construction. At least that’s the way I understand it. Most communities spent the extra and taxed at the max so they could stash it. With the change in union labor, the politicians (I’ll suggest they all share the credit – Assembly, Senate and Governor since it took all of them to make it work.) appear to have magically done the right thing by also reducing the spending cap. That (like I said, as far as I understand it) is so super cool I could hug one of them if they’d let me.

The single most important thing recall opposition can do is diminish the teacher union chatter. It has come to my attention that Wisconsin must have the most stupid teachers in the nation judging by the number of them that swear their pay has been cut by 15% due to Scott Walker. There is no way the majority of union member teachers in this state saw a 15% decrease in their gross pay. I could swear it was a percentage of their pension (which is a small percentage of their salary), which is still their money, and a percentage of their healthcare (which is a small percentage of their salary), that was the bottom line. Oh, and then there is the fact they are no longer required to make non-voluntary union payments, so I’d have to think that has something to do with a bottom line. I mean, if they want to provide union hucksters with a charity donation, then fine, but don’t blame me.

And for the few that swear they had to retire? Hah! You’re full of it. The newly graduated teachers who have your jobs think it sucks, too. 😉

Sadly, I do hear stories of the odd-in-between group suffering a little more than the unionized teachers. Non-union maintenance, for one, never quite accrued the benefits of the union group, but now endure the cuts. That hurts them more, and it’s too bad there are non-union bystanders that are affected.

I, though, will always be grateful that Scott Walker and others in Madison had the fortitude to take on the organized public-worker unions. It was very, very brave, and I think it ended very well.

Will Scott Walker be recalled? I doubt it. But that’s a hundred million dollar question. Can you even begin to understand what $100,000,000 spent wisely in this state would do? Now the only ones set to profit are the printers and the post office.

Oh, and those organizing the recall. Do you ever wonder if maybe they are all about recalling Scott Walker because they kind of need a job themselves? Keeping the hate alive is keeping the unionistas employed. Don’t let that fact be lost on you as you fight this one out.

Comments

  1. Well golly. Jay Bullock isn’t impressed, either. He mentions Packer season.

    Another blog I saw brought up Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Listen, DPW, if you can’t excite your base out of the gate and you don’t have a candidate, what exactly is your goal?

    (Think about that.)

  2. Boy I’ll agree that the DPW is not impressing anyone. To the point about pay cuts. To clarify the pension contribution change by itself reduced take home pay by 5.8%. So someone making $50,000/yr gross wages would have their take home pay reduced by $2900/yr. The health care varies by county and plan, but for family coverage the rise in premiums was ~$130/month. So for that same employee decrease their take home by $1560/yr. There’s also an increase in the out of pocket deductible that using the family coverage above would work out to another $1000/year. So for this example you’ve got $5460/$50,000 or 10.92%. Is that modest as the governor said? Not to me. Is it devastating as the unions have said? No. BUT now apply that to a blue collar custodian making $25,000 a year that percentage goes up quite a bit ($4010/25,000 or 16%). So don’t cry too many tears for the 20 year tenured veteran teacher with no kids. But for the 1st year teacher with a family OR the blue collar worker with a family these are SIGNIFICANT cuts.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    Yes, the $2900 is a decrease in take home pay–but not in pay. I’m not sure how one paying the healthcare premium themselves, rather than the taxpayer paying, raises the deductible. That must be a result of a policy change–not a change in the payer. Regardless, that puts the $50,000 worker in line with most other like income workers across the nation. The average annual gross cost per teacher in Milwaukee was over $100,000 before the new law took effect ($59,500 average salary).

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/101091-average-annual-compensation-milwaukee-teachers

  4. ended well? with a divided state, 9 recall elections, and soon to be a gubernatorial recall election where it will further divide the state and we will have probably a hundred million dollar smear campaign going on for months. I guess we have different ideas of ended well.

    Also, no matter how you slice it, it was a pay cut. My wife took an approximate 12% pay cut which is significant. For year teachers have negotiated the paying in of retirement and health care as part of their salary, to now take that away and force the teachers to pay that money it is a PAY CUT. There is no other way to put it. Sure the money(at least in retirement) goes to the employees eventually, but its kind of hard to buy food, pay for heating, gas or mortgage with it wouldnt you say?

  5. Depends on the size of the house, Jeff.

    Yes, I’d still say it ended well.