Yet another bandwagon to avoid

Recall? Bah humbug.

It’s going to cost this state nearly $20 million to cover a tantrum by union leaders. I see it as little more than the two year old in the grocery story pounding the floor, screaming, and then looking up every now and then to see who’s watching. The thing is it’s been going on so long now no one even bothers to look.

A Rasmussen Reports survey has Scott Walker up by 5, a hair outside the margin of error, the week of the primary vote. I must confess that looks good for the Governor. Combined with Tom Barrett’s absolute disinterest in this race (no plan, no enthusiasm), I’d say we’re done already.

It could happen that Mr. Nice Guy Barrett would win the race, but it really wouldn’t matter. I must remind some folks, yet again, that nothing will be undone given the make up of the rest of Wisconsin government. So I’m just not crawling on that wagon. I suspect a little gubernatorial campaign rhetoric will find its way to the comments now and then, but I won’t be writing it. If you feel the need, go search for the stuff from October 2010. 😉 Nothing will have changed.

Oh, except for the part where Wisconsin’s public unions have been completely wiped out. The considerable loss of union-choice candidate Kathleen Falk at the primary proved beyond any doubt that public union influence is over in this state. Trade unions will likely survive, but WEAC and the Capperesque I’m-unionized-because-I-sit-at-a-computer-all-day versions are gone for good around here. And don’t you know the rest of the nation is watching?

The morning after the last gubernatorial match I wrote:

Walker is drinking his morning beverage of choice in the land of accountability.

Who knew he’d take that so seriously? (Hey, I’m just kidding. I’ve never met the guy and have no reason to believe he knows of my existence.) Governor Walker has met every one of my challenges, so who am I to complain?


  1. jimspice says:

    “Trade unions will likely survive…”

    Divide and conquer, baby, divide and conquer.

  2. Nah. Public unions should have never been allowed. It’s not divide and conquer (I understand that’s the new meme given the video that surfaced. I took it to be dividing police and fire from the other public service unions, but I know it serves your purpose to claim otherwise here.); it’s get back to basics.

    Bless your heart, jimspice. You are struggling with this outcome, aren’t you. And keep in mind I’m hanging in the South this week. “Bless your heart” isn’t necessarily a sentiment of goodwill. 😉

  3. jimspice says:

    “Divide and conquer” was in direct response to “any chance we’ll become a right to work state?” But nice try.

  4. MuskieGo says:

    He had already started to answer the question prior to her mentioning RTW.

    Walker mentioned divide and conquer and that was what he attempted to do. Public employees were divided between public safety employees (police/firefighters) and the rest. In return for that, the retained the endorsement of the Milwaukee area Police and Firefighter Unions. As was seen in Ohio, if the police and firefighters are united with the rest of public employees in the eye of the public, the reform effort will fail.

  5. jimspice says:

    Go read the transcript of the conversation as it progressed after the video clip we have available:

    With the effusion afforded Daniels in IN, tell me again how private sector unions are not next.

  6. Let us help you understand the context, Cindy KilJobs and Muskie Go, Please, since you easily could have found this so may resist clicking on the link above. Here is what they didn’t want the media to hear — but stoopidly allowed to be videotaped — and please note that Act 10 was “the first step” and only “opened the door” to do more to “the unions,” and that is not specified as “public unions” only:

    Hendricks: You know, [the media] don’t know.
    Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions . . . –

    Walker: Oh, yeah.

    Hendricks: . . . and become a right-to-work (state)? What can we do to help you?

    Walker: Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is, we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer. So for us the base we’ve got for that is the fact that we’ve got — budgetarily we can’t afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there’s no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out. So you think city of Beloit, city of Janesville, any of the school districts, that opens the door once we do that. That’s your bigger problem right there.

    Hendricks: Which state would you mirror? Is there any state that\’s already . . .

    Walker: Well, (Indiana Gov.) Mitch Daniels, did — now, see the beautiful thing is, he did it in Indiana, he had it by executive order that created the unions years ago, and so when he came in about a week after he eliminated through executive order. In Wisconsin, it’s by the statute. So I need lawmakers to vote on it. But the key is by tying it to the budget, there’s no way to unravel that. Because unless they’re going to come up with $800 million for example – it’s not exactly that amount, but it\’s close – there’s no way they cannot pass that unless they’re going to pass a tax increase . . .

  7. I clicked on the link, Geez. Your incorrect assumption is that I found the content offensive.


  8. I take “divide and conquer” to mean that he won’t tackle everything at once, but will address Wisconsin’s issues one at a time.

    Act 10 seems to be Walker’s more popular version of Obamacare. It sharply divided the public (although in this case, at 50/50, rather than Obamacare, which has struggled to top the 40s in approval), and might cost its advocate’s party control of one house of the legislature. It used up a lot of political capital.

    One difference, though, is the existence of a recall. It seems to me the winner of the recall election would have a lot of new political capital. If Barrett wins, and the Senate turns over, he’ll have a fair amount of capital, though not enough to overturn Act 10 (my guess is he will do lip service to that while promoting some other agenda item to placate his base). If Walker wins, and all 4 Senate seats remain GOP, Walker regains a lot of capital. If Walker wins, and the Senate turns over, it’s somewhere in the middle, but still positive for Walker overall. The Senate would likely change back in November, anyway, and it’s unlikely there would be enough enthusiasm to force another recall vote next year.

  9. Nicely managed KPOM. I will likely steal that. 🙂