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Title: Sixty-Million Dollar Union Assault on Wisconsin Governor Walker
Source: AT.com
URL Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012 ... wisconsin_governor_walker.html
Published: Apr 28, 2012
Author: Gary Larson
Post Date: 2012-04-28 09:14:01 by CZ82
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Sixty-Million Dollar Union Assault on Wisconsin Governor Walker

By Gary Larson

Tora! Tora! Tora! No, it's no sneak attack. Nationwide unions spearheaded by the public employee unions, teachers' unions in the vanguard, have Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in their cross hairs. They aim to shoot him down - figuratively, but of course! -- in June 5 recall elections.

Led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEI) and Wisconsin-based and other states' teachers unions, their low-level attack is aimed at sinking Gov. Walker and his Republican majority in the Wisconsin Assembly, thus to reclaim power over how taxpayer dollars are spent.

The campaign seeks to dissemble facts and distract from - or rather, ignore -- real issues, mainly fiscal. Put simply, unions want a return to golden oldie days when they, through their Democrat marionettes, pretty much ran things at the Capitol in Madison.

To win, vituperative anti-Walker forces are putting up an estimated $60 million in ad dollars, all derived from union brethren from all parts of America. Call this solidarity. Last year union activists unleashed 3,000 recall petition carriers across Wisconsin, apparently not content to await the next election.

Tempers would have cooled by then, and salutary effects of Gov. Walker's budgetary reforms might be more fully felt. More than 900,000 Wisconsinites signed on the recall petitions to trigger recall of a duly-elected Walker, his lieutenant governor and four Republican legislators.

Among signatures collected were at least 29 journalists and 25 circuit court judges, besides rank and file dittoing Democrats doing their union thing. They did so, apparently, shamelessly. To put that number, 900,000 signatures, into perspective, Gov. Walker tallied 1.1 million votes to be elected in 2010. This suggests a razor-thin margin, either way, to come June in the recall elections.

Unions' all-out campaign to unseat him, to regain a majority in the Assembly, is a sort of masterstroke at jury disqualification. In short, forget the facts, toss the bums out. It is a battle about to become increasingly bloody. Consider a few of the squalid moments that led to this rare recall election:

Near riots in Madison last February. . . union folks, teachers mostly, occupying the Capitol. . . chanting hateful slogans. . . closing down schools. . . taking bogus "sick leave " to protest . . . state senators on union orders fleeing the state. . . attempts at intimidate all who disagreed with unions' special interests. . . death threats for Walker and fellow Republicans. . . talk of boycotting Wisconsin businesses not bowing to union demands. Why, even threats were floated of a statewide general strike to close down the state to get unions' way (again) with state's taxpayer dollars.

Oh it was a mob-like circus,and ordinary taxpayers, well, they could go to Hades, or feed the Union Beast with ever-increasing tax loads, if only Walker would get the hell out of the way.

(Want more examples of the unions' anti-Walker nuttiness? My article, "Thuggery in Wisconsin Union Battle," relates acts of union goons and some Democrat Party faithful to regain power, apparently at any cost, in Wisconsin.)

Polarization, thy name is Wisconsin politics. A close race it will be, an even split is forecast, in spite of Gov. Walker's and the new Republican majority's considerable accomplishments in a such a short span. Such as wiping out a $3.6 billion budget deficit (without raising taxes) and assisting local governments and school boards balance their budgets. In short, bringing fiscal sanity to the state.

In a recent NBC/Marist poll, 48 percent of Wisconsinites approved the job Walker is doing. Incongruently, in light of fiscal facts, 48 percent of Badger State residents polled disapproved. Among Republicans, 91 percent gave him high fives and 84 percent of Democrats did not. (Is the pope Catholic?)

(Aside: In the solitude of the voter's booth, away from intimidation, thoughtful and informed Democrats might express their approval to Gov. Walker's reforms to save their state from economic ruin. Or is this simply a pipe dream?)

Independents in the poll were split down the middle - 47 percent approved of the job Walker is doing, 47 percent disapproved. Six percent couldn't decide. "No Opinions" might have masked quiet approval of budget-hawk Walker's ways. (One can always hope good sense quietly prevails, although comedian Al Franken's win in next-door Minnesota defeats hope of good sense pervading in the electorate.)

To woo independents, Big Labor will stir the cauldron with $60 million in advertising, i just one state, in one election. Wow! Their campaign will toss tons of muck upon the wall to see what sticks. (Okay, so I cleaned up an old analogy.)

Stirring animosity for Walker and the new majority GOPers will be the same ol' strategy: Vilify 'em, dehumanize, ignore real issues, change the subject. Same as before, union strategists will try to stir the base (that, in more ways than one) to portray Walker as Hitler-like, for limiting what they (and union-friendly news media) like to call "rights."

Don't be fooled. It is a cover story to regain their do-not-touch superabundant taxpayer-paid entitlements, once called "fringe benefits" quite beyond the reach of the mere private sector.

While media might revel in the $60 million to come, they have not (yet), to their credit, uniformly assailed Gov. Walker, at least in frontal editorial attacks. Oh yes, snippy blind-side attacks have put the shiv in his back, but that's to be expected from liberal media. Such as, say a front-page piece recently in the neighboring Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It sought desperately to link a Walker-supported self-defense law in Wisconsin (a "home castle law") with, of all things, the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. (See "Echoes of Trayvon in Wisconsin Shooting.") Reporter Richard Meryhew puts the whammy on an "embattled Republican Gov. Walker" for a bill enacted by the Wisconsin Assembly on a yawning, bi-partisan basis. Oh well. Such stretches are "in" as news media types go to bat, not very subtly, against Gov. Walker, on behalf of their union kinfolk.

Consider this anti-Walker spin on the Associated Press regional wire, by Madison-based Todd Richmond, on April 21, as found in the Wisconsin State Journal. Note the words I've emphasized in Italics to denote the artful spin job:

Gov. Walker "...quietly reinstated a program to give merit raises and bonuses to some state workers even as he preached cost-cutting and pushed through a law reducing most public workers' pay and eliminating their union rights."

Catch his drift? Just one in the huge spin bag of journalists' twists. Most reporters, members of the Newspaper Guild, are in sync with their union brothers' and sisters, and ever faithful to the Party line. Call this bias a Sad Fact of Life.

Wisconsinites will be hit by a barrage of adverting of all sorts spelling out doomsday if Walker and his R colleagues are elected again. In the end, the outcome of the election will be determined by independent voters. (And may God bless them with good sense!)

We can only hope, but certainly not trust, independent voters will think straight, not be befuddled by hateful, dishonest, fact-twisting propaganda, nor succumb to the smoke and mirrors and bogus assertions of "rights" for entirely selfish union ends.

If Big Labor loses in Wisconsin, after a drain of $60 million dollars of members' dues extracted, involuntarily in most cases, from paychecks, it means their ideological kin, President Obama and his pals for a more socialistic America, are in even deeper do-do come November.

So the $60 million question in Wisconsin becomes: Will John Q. Public see clearly the issues, and what's at stake, to make the right call on June 5 in Wisconsin? As it is said, we live in such interesting times.

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#1. To: CZ82 (#0)

Where's the '$60 million'?

Not one source. And I checked....;}

BS.

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   9:17:28 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: mcgowanjm, CZ82 (#1)

Where's the '$60 million'?

Not one source. And I checked....;}

BS.

www.newsmax.com/Politics/walker-wisconsin-recall- unions/2012/04/22/id/436674

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   9:59:00 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: harrowup (#2)

BS.

www.newsmax.com/Politics/walker-wisconsin-recall- unions/2012/04/22/id/436674

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Read more on Newsmax.com: 404 Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

anything else?

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   10:00:27 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: mcgowanjm (#3)

There's an extra space in the link he posted. Use this one;

www.newsmax.com/Politics/...ions/2012/04/22/id/436674

mininggold  posted on  2012-04-28   10:13:30 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: mininggold (#8)

Thanx, MG.

And I 'painfully' read thru it....;}

" The estimated price tag for the recall will shatter that record, perhaps going as high as $80 million, according to Mike McCabe, director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign government watchdog group.

McCabe called the epic battle “a shock to the system” of Wisconsin voters, who are unaccustomed to the national political spotlight.

“We’ve never seen these amounts of money raised and spent in state elections in Wisconsin before,” said McCabe, who expects Walker to marginally outspend Democrats and the unions. “We’ve also never seen these levels of outside interference. The amount of money flowing from outside into Wisconsin is just unprecedented. We don’t have anything in our past that you could compare this too.”

Read more on Newsmax.com: Scott Walker: Democratic Machine Spending $60 Million to Defeat Me Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!"

I get $80 million for the entire thing.

And

"said McCabe, who expects Walker to marginally outspend Democrats and the unions.

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   10:18:58 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: mcgowanjm (#12)

And I 'painfully' read thru it.

There are hundreds of other citations. Of course most are a repeat but the figure of sixty million has been around ever since the recall got legs.

Whether it is true of not, I don't know. Living in Wisconsin I've not seen any evidence of that kind of volume on TV/Glossy/Mailings/Telephone.

Right now we are falling asleep listening to Barrett and am dreading the moment when Kathleen Falk's campaign starts spending some of the union money promised to her.

One thing is clear, the good old boys and the baby chairman of the WDP did a number on Falk and that is going to guarantee a Walker landslide.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   10:25:55 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: harrowup (#16)

And until we go back to paper ballots (and ALL of the Untold since 2000 Diebold 'irregularities' are addressed) I don't believe Any poll results.

"election integrity expert John Washburn of Wisconsin Fair Elections explained to us that Yaeger had been both hired and trained by Nickolaus herself.

The temporary replacement by her Deputy offered little comfort for Washburn. Prompted by recent disturbing news that elections run on electronic tabulation systems identical to those used in Waukesha County had recently been found to have named several losing candidates as "winners" in elections in a different state, Washburn, a Republican, suggested he had little basis for confidence in whatever reported results might come out of the state's most Republican-leaning county in the upcoming recalls.

www.bradblog.com/?p=9262

People don't vote against their best interests. Time after Time after Time.

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   10:38:07 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: mcgowanjm (#24)

And until we go back to paper ballots (and ALL of the Untold since 2000 Diebold 'irregularities' are addressed) I don't believe Any poll results.

Washburn is a jealous ass even though his target is a stupid fluke.

Wisconsin has paper ballots read electronically.

You want to count them you can take a bundle home if you like.

Our local town only has about 4000 eligible voters and normally only half show up for an important vote.

Our town clerk didn't flunk arithmetic.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   10:45:20 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: harrowup (#27)

Wisconsin has paper ballots read electronically.

That's the problem.

And every 'recount' just throws the ballots back thru the very same Optiscans.

Paper Ballot and PUBLIC counting...just like the Good Ole Days.

Costs less and produces better Gold Standard results.

It's never explained where the 'grass roots' call to put in Computer/Optiscan ballots came from.

And to take the process away from the League of Women Voters....;}

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   10:49:23 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#31. To: mcgowanjm (#28)

And every 'recount' just throws the ballots back thru the very same Optiscans.

Nope.

That's why I said our town clerk didn't flunk artithmetic.

Somebody questions the results those paper ballots are plunked on her desk and the public is invited to take a pile and read them themselves.

If they still have a problem and still don't like the results, we shoot them.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   10:52:59 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#34. To: harrowup (#31) (Edited)

Somebody questions the results those paper ballots are plunked on her desk and the public is invited to take a pile and read them themselves.

If they still have a problem and still don't like the results, we shoot them.

I'll have to see that. Specifically. Especially the 'disappeared'. You send the bill for the bullet to the family as well? ;}

There are all kinds of suits addressing just that. New Hampshire for instance.

The public is kept out at all times and never given access.

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   10:56:42 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#39. To: mcgowanjm (#34)

I'll have to see that. Specifically.

I get the impression you don't like to be corrected.

You were wrong in denying 'source' and you are still wrong.

Be glad to give you an invite. Just PM me with your real name and email and I'll send you an invitation to meet the Sheriff and the Town Clerk. They're neighbors and they really don't like snoops with attitude.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   11:01:58 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#40. To: harrowup (#39)

I get the impression you don't like to be corrected.

You were wrong in denying 'source' and you are still wrong.

Nope. You haven't sourced. And you've brought up 'instances' of fairness which I've refuted.

And I look forward to drinking the many different beers/cheeses of Wisconsin.

Just not right now, thanx. I've got my hands full with Ark, OK, Texas, MS, and Louisiana.

Let's just say that I'll bet the best football (same thing as politics down here;) of any of the above against the Badgers....;}

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   11:05:55 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#44. To: mcgowanjm (#40)

Nope. You haven't sourced. And you've brought up 'instances' of fairness which I've refuted.

An interview with the Governor is not a source?

No wonder you're a hillbilly.

Refuting hyperbole and sarcasm is rather like telling me my mother wears barn boots.

Weak.

Because she did.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   11:11:33 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#51. To: harrowup (#44)

Refuting hyperbole and sarcasm

I'm not refuting. I'm saying they don't translate well.

Literal meanings.

And I'm not a hillbilly. That's my wife.

I'm a flatlander. From the Delta I call it...;}

We gig frogs and such...;}

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   11:19:09 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#57. To: All (#51)

It appears that Washburn is not alone. Late Friday, it was reported that a number of the municipalities in Waukesha will be bypassing the County Clerk's office entirely by first sending their election night results straight to the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.), the state's top election agency. But it may be new concerns about computer-tallied results in the Badger State that present even greater problems for the historic elections beginning next month in the Badger State...

As reported by Sarah Millard of the Brookfield Patch... It looks like the office of embattled Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus won't be able to bungle the counting of votes in next month's recall primary election after safeguards are being put in place."

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9262

Now This is gettin good....;}

They did the same thing in NH to expose Romney stealing the primary/caucus there.

The Paul delegates sent the results to the State. By passing the local. The State tried to exclude the votes. Saying they never received them.

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   11:30:24 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#63. To: mcgowanjm (#57)

Brad forgot to mention that Kathy is kaput and it is only 'news' to the folks in Madison who don't want Waukesha County counted ever.

It is a circus of jealous little wimps who are trying to make hash out of straw.

You might as well 'source' yourself.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   11:35:56 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#67. To: harrowup (#63)

it is only 'news' to the folks in Madison who don't want Waukesha County counted ever.

As opposed to 'your' folks, who want Waukesha counted over...and...over...and...o

Vote early and vote often.

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   11:41:42 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#69. To: mcgowanjm (#67)

As opposed to 'your' folks, who want Waukesha counted over...and...over...and...o

Vote early and vote often.

I'm not a Republican and I tried to give you a local feel for the recall.

I'm voting for Falk just to piss off the neighbors.

Then I will absolutely vote early and often for Walker.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   11:44:37 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#70. To: harrowup (#69)

I'm not a Republican and I tried to give you a local feel for the recall.

I'm voting for Falk just to piss off the neighbors.

Then I will absolutely vote early and often for Walker.

In AR, GOPers never put their party affiliation on their campaign signs.

That's how you know their GOPers....;}

"In other words, if the new procedures work, it will result only in the public knowing earlier what the completely unverified computer tallies are reported to be.

New Concerns About Recall Results

Concerns about accurate results of the upcoming recall elections in Waukesha have been multiplied of late thanks to a remarkable software failure during a March 13th election in Palm Beach County, FL on the very same model of computerized tabulators as those used in Waukesha (and other counties around the state, as well as some 14 other states across the nation).

During Palm Beach County elections, paper ballot optical-scanners made by Sequoia Voting Systems had incorrectly reported a number of candidates winning their races on Election Night, even though they'd received fewer votes than their opponents. Luckily, the failure was spotted by the Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections during a post-election spot-check of the paper ballots some days later. The correct results of the elections later were determined by a 100% hand-count of those ballots. No such post-election spot-check is carried out after elections in Wisconsin."

" No such post-election spot-check is carried out after elections in Wisconsin."

mcgowanjm  posted on  2012-04-28   11:47:18 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#75. To: mcgowanjm (#70)

" No such post-election spot-check is carried out after elections in Wisconsin."

Not exactly accurate. They do check the tally against the paper slips and don't punch the send button until they match. Local precincts don't have that option but towns do.

I'm going for lunch.

harrowup  posted on  2012-04-28   11:53:16 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#79. To: harrowup (#75)

They do check the tally against the paper slips and don't punch the send button until they match. Local precincts don't have that option but towns do.

As long as electricity's in the loop, the voting's flawed.

You're using the same software to check the software's own flaws.

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