Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

If Scott Walker loses the recall election in Wisconsin today, it will be a most ominous sign for America’s future.

Today the people of Wisconsin will decide whether or not to recall Scott Walker as Governor.  There has never in my lifetime been a more consequential gubernatorial election, nor one that has such implications for the future direction, and perhaps survival, of our nation.

Pretty dramatic I know.  But if the people of Wisconsin, influenced by perhaps the largest union financial investment in the history of unionization in America, vote to throw out Scott Walker it will be sign of two terrifying things:

1.  Unions will have proven they will be able to buy elections and therefore influence their huge pay, benefit, and retirement plans at the expense of private sector workers for the next 20 years (which may be all that’s needed to destroy our states and towns).  And no reasonable elected official will dare ever challenging them again.

2.  Difficult for me as it is to say, it will also prove that we have a terribly uninformed electorate relative to the issues.  An electorate that cannot grasp that governments cannot continue to spend money they don’t have, and money these citizens must imagine simply appears magically out of thin air.

When a citizenry misses a call that is this easy, this obvious, it is time for some serious introspection on how we operate and think in this country.

Perhaps Walker will win in a landslide.  Perhaps he’ll lose by a small margin.  But given the thuggery, money, intimidation, and deceit the unions have been using in Wisconsin, as well as some of the complete nonsense I hear coming out of the mouths of some of the citizens who support the recall, I am afraid.  Very afraid.

The polls close at 8pm.


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2 Responses to Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

  1. Africa Lumumba says:

    Wow! What a great article! I agree with everything you said
    However, I would only change a few things. First. replace the word “loses” in your subtitle to the word “wins”. I would also substitute the word “union” from the phrase “union financial investment” to “private financial investment” and add the prefix “de-” to “unionization”. Also, change “throw out” to “keep” and the word “Unions” in your 1st reason to the phrase “Corporate capital and private wealthy interests”. Next, strike the term “private sector” because the word “workers” explains your point sufficiently. Lastly, change the word “unions” in the last paragraph to “corporations” and add “don’t” between “who” and “support”. Other than these minor changes, I think you have an excellent article here!

    • vofreason says:

      Dear “Ajames”,

      Thank you for your comment and for reading my blog post. My response to your comment is below:

      First, you make a partially valid point on the money contributed to either side in this campaign. However, what is not counted on the “recall” side is the millions of dollars that was poured in that was not accounted for, including the hundreds of thousands of union employees bussed in from all over the country, the door-to-door campaigns with paid “volunteers” who were going house-to-house intimidating citizens, etc.

      Second, I would love for you to explain to me why the following should be true:

      1. Teachers in Wisconsin contribute 1% to their pensions, which upon retirement are worth north of $4 million in equivalent $401k funds. Why should the average citizen have to fund nearly 100% of their retirement out of their own income, when union employees have to pay essentially none? And these private sector citizens probably retire with, if they are very good savers, perhaps $1 million in their 401k’s. What makes teachers be entitled to such a huge disparity? Under Scott Walker’s plan, they now have to contribute 5.8% to their pension– still a gargantuan amount less than the very citizens who fund these through their tax payments.

      2. Teachers in Wisconsin contributed 6% of their healthcare premiums. The average Wisconsin private sector taxpayer contributes 21.8%. Governor Walker made it 12% for teachers, so now teachers still contribute less than half of what a private sector citizen pays. What’s unfair about that? What’s unfair is it should be 21.8% for teachers!

      3. The average teacher in Wisconsin earns $54/hour, many earn more than $100/hour. Do you think that’s fair? And if teachers have almost 4 months off a year, should the citizens of Wisconsin be paying them as if they are working 48 months just like the private sector workers do? And do you think they should be funding “annualized” medical and pension benefits when they work 30% less hours per year? Is that fair to the citizens of Wisconsin?

      4. If I became a teacher in Wisconsin, and didn’t want to be a member of the union, should I be FORCED to pay union dues each month? Further, as I am a Republican, should I be FORCED to contribute to a union that provides millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Democrats and none to members of my political party?

      5. Wisconsin had a $137 million deficit which by the end of 2013 was going to be $3.6 billion. How would you propose to close this gap? You could take every dollar of income from every person earning more than $200k a year in Wisconsin and still not stem that tide, not to mention raising taxes more in Wisconsin would chase taxpayers away from the state. So, is a magic wand the solution?

      Advocates of the public sector unions, which are ruining America’s finances (see California for an example of what’s to come elsewhere, or see Greece/Europe) seem to think that private sector citizens who work equally hard or more hard, who are equally talented or more talented, should pay out of their own pockets to fund far more generous pay, pension, and healthcare benefits to public sector employees. It is nothing short of criminal, and how a public sector employee does this in good conscience is a mystery to me. They say to their neighbor “hey, I know you work hard like me, I know you are smart, but I’m going to take your money from your family to pay me and my family far more than you have”.

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