Tuesday, June 5 is the date for the Wisconsin Recall Election for 2012, with polls showing results that may favor Governor Scott Walker over his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Jobs and the economy are at the center of this election, with unions lined up to throw Scott Walker out. Last year, Walker defiantly stood against the public service employee unions and ended the practice of the state collecting dues from union members on behalf of the unions. Some collective bargaining rights were also eliminated in order to dig Wisconsin out of a $3.7 Billion dollar budget deficit. Today, thanks to Scott Walker and Republicans in the state legislature, Wisconsin now has nearly a $1 Billion dollar surplus and a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the nation.
But such responsible leadership does not play well with Liberal Democrats and their allies in the Progressive movement, which was born in the Dairy State. In 1959, Wisconsin became the very first state in America to allow for public employee unions to collectively bargain for pay and benefits. But over the years, as with nearly every other state, such unions have demanded far more than what the average citizens of each state earn.
Add to that how most state pension programs are set up to only keep pace with fulfilling their requirements if their investment portfolios can earn 10-12% per year. A more realistic number would be about half of that. So states like California and Illinois are on the verge of default as there is no real way to honor any union contracts since both the unions, and the Democrat politicians supporting them, lied to the taxpayers of those troubled states. Only draconian cuts and tax increases can make a dent in their budget shortfalls.
The Wisconsin Recall Election tomorrow could result in the death of unions if the polls are right. Governor Scott Walker facing recall against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett looks like a sure winner. If so, Walker will be the first governor in the last three recall elections to remain in office. Tomorrow′s vote may also prove to be an oracle for this November′s showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the Dairy State.