Recall about much more than Wisconsin
At Breitbart.com, an interesting article on why the recall effort is so important to the unions, not just here but nationally. An excerpt:
Immediately after the passage of the reforms, the public sector unions threw their considerable political weight behind efforts to recall several GOP senators. They also targeted a state Supreme Court special election, hoping that, having failed in the legislature, they could put a sycophantic judge on the bench to throw out the new reforms. Despite spending tens of millions of their members hard-earned dollars, the unions failed in these efforts.
Now, in a last ditch battle against the new reforms, the unions are banking everything on an effort to ‘recall’ the author of the reforms, Scott Walker. Tens of millions of dollars and rank-and-file union members will pour into Wisconsin from all over the country. The vote, scheduled for June 5th, will generate the kind of attention and excitement that is usually reserved for Presidential campaigns. Its outcome will also match the impact of a Presidential election. The future direction of our nation hinges on this vote.
The unions realize this vote is about much more than Wisconsin or even Scott Walker. As Breitbart.com will explore over the coming weeks, government budgets, at all levels, are on an unsustainable path. Much of the rapid growth in spending by state and local governments is attributable to over-generous pay and benefits for public sector workers. During better economic times, public sector unions were able to leverage their hefty political muscle to win lucrative contracts from state and local officials, many of whom were eager recipients of the unions’ campaign donations.
Over the past couple decades, we’ve witnessed the creation of a protected political class who use forced union dues collection to lobby state and local officials as well as campaign for them at election time. In essence, the unions have been able to largely hire their own bosses through the ballot box and then secure general pay and benefit packages in return. This illegitimate cycle was funded by us, the taxpayers.