Remember the surly public sector mobs badgering Madison late last winter? And the cowardly Democratic state reps who ran from the state as well as from their responsibilities to the voters? Well luckily for the citizens of Wisconsin these childlike antics didn’t prevent Governor Walker from getting his budget repair bill passed. Because, as Gary Wickert at PajamasMedia reports:
Over the past six months, Wisconsin has been nothing short of a miracle. Newly elected Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the majority in Madison got just about everything they wanted during the past legislative session, and a state facing a projected $3 billion budget shortfall with no end in sight now has a projected $300 million budget surplus. The amazing successes in Wisconsin have emboldened the legislatures and political leaders of other states, who have seen the wonders resulting from a little political backbone and fiscal common sense.
Here’s an instructive interview with WI Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch that you’ll never see on the network news; (PJTV video) “Lessons from Wisconsin, Taking on Public Sector Unions And Winning”:
Gary’s “Hey, Who Wants to Talk About Wisconsin’s Economic Miracle?” post continues:
If one listened to the violent rhetoric of the public employee unions, one would have expected today to be a dark day for education in Wisconsin. “This is a disaster,” said Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader Mark Miller in February after Governor Scott Walker first proposed Act 10. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law, a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials, and protesters in the streets. Now the bill is law, and we have evidence of how wonderfully it is working. Instead of a catastrophe, it is a day of miraculous optimism, balanced budgets, educational improvement, and fiscal recovery.
While the carnival of clowns in Washington continues to perform their same old hapless fiscal juggling act for their myopic audience in the MSM, the results of real fiscal sanity are on shining display in Wisconsin.
Related: NEA Convention Reminds Us: It’s About Union Power, Not Children ~ July 2, 2011 article at Heritage’s “The Foundry”: Sadly, the education unions’ foremost concern is not the needs of children. As former American Federation of Teachers president Al Shanker infamously quipped: “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”