[QUOTE=chiefst2000;4471082]You should go back and re-read the paragraph you just posted. It is in great shape. The State added 23K jobs last year as opposed to the original flawed number that stated they'd lost 33K jobs. Walker's reforms had just begun to kick in[COLOR="Red"]. No one with a brain [/COLOR]believes that reducing property taxes, balancing municipal budgets and hiring more teachers without increasing expenditures is bad for a State. Nice try but next time read the articles you post before posting them. The last line of your post was a recap of the previous loss of 33K jobs number which later per your post was adjusted up to a gain of 23K jobs.[/QUOTE]
Labor Vs. Taxpayers: Public-sector unions have had it their way for decades. That will change — and not just in one state — if Scott Walker survives Tuesday's recall vote.
Does Wisconsin matter? To hear some recent spin from Barack Obama's campaign, not as much as you would think.
Voters there on Tuesday will be deciding the political fate of Republican Gov. Walker, along with lieutenant governor and four state senators, in the state's first-ever statewide recall election. The combatants have spent an estimated $60 million so far. It looks to us like a mighty big deal, with big implications for national politics.
But Obama's deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, said the recall will have no bearing on the presidential election.
"This is a gubernatorial race with a guy who was recalled and a challenger trying to get him out of office," she sold MSNBC. "It has nothing to do with President Obama at the top of the ticket, and it certainly doesn't have anything to do with Mitt Romney at the top of the Republican ticket."
That's literally true, but misleading. Romney and Obama aren't on Tuesday's ballot, but let's not pretend this vote is just a sideshow. It's the nation's second most significant election this year. If the presidency isn't directly at stake on Tuesday, the future of organized labor is. Likewise for the Democratic Party, which depends on union money and members to win elections.
The election to recall Walker and his GOP allies is about one issue — collective bargaining for public employees. You can tune out everything else on the list of alleged sins that the Republicans have committed. If they had left the public-sector unions alone, none of this would be happening.
Should Walker survive, the labor movement can expect plenty of battles in similar states, and the police and fire unions may not be spared next time. It may soon face a choice: Either make itself relevant again in the private sector, [B]where it represents only about 7% of workers[/B], or accept that its moment in history is past.
That may also be the time for the Democratic Party, rather than continuing to lean on organized labor's dwindling strength, to start serving the taxpaying public instead of union bosses.
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