Clear-thinking people everywhere cheer on the great work being done by Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the legislature in Wisconsin. That said, don’t think for a minute that watching the events unfold north of the cheese curtain is an enjoyable experience for most Illinois Republican officials. On the contrary, it scares them to death.
In no way, shape, or form, do our “leaders” here have the brains, guts, or desire to do what Walker & Co. did up there. What, and face a recall vote? Are you crazy? And have newspaper editorials criticize you? Not a chance. And face mobs of angry protestors? Not in this lifetime.
That, my friends, is the difference between Republicans in Wisconsin and Republicans in Illinois.
As a reminder, here is what Wisconsin Republicans did last year (summarized from Tim Nerenz’s website):
- The duly-elected Wisconsin legislature passed a budget repair bill about a year ago that closed a $3.6 billion deficit without layoffs, service cuts, or tax increases and duly-elected Governor Walker signed it.
- The Act 10 reforms curtailed the collective bargaining privilege bestowed upon public sector workers by legislative fiat in the 1950’s. The reforms empowered local units of government and school boards to make changes that have already saved hundreds of millions in wasteful spending, reduced class sizes, and kept the best teachers teaching.
Tim Nerenz writes:
Naturally, the state teachers’ union opposed smarter spending, reduced class size, and better teaching. In fact, all of the unions oppose Act 10 and Governor Walker, as it liberates Wisconsin from the death grip they have had on politics here for decades.
If you think I’m being overly harsh and unnecessarily negative, please visit this web page and send me evidence that our Republican leaders are saying or doing anything that hints that they might someday get serious about stopping the theft that is going on when it comes to school district spending.
Click on the following articles to read more about what’s happening in Wisconsin: