Besides stopping the pernicious left-wing agenda of President Obama, we must also look at the looming battle the political right is going to have with unionized labor. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivered a great address at CPAC last week highlighting his fiscal achievements that have saved the Badger State. He reformed collective bargaining, which has saved schools who were forced to buy their health insurance from providers affiliated with the teachers’ union tens of millions of dollars. He instituted property tax reform that used to go up, on average, $220 million dollars in the five years before Mr. Walker was elected. This year, school property taxes went down $47 million dollars.
In an interview with Larry Kudlow, Governor Walker reiterated his accomplishments by stating that Wisconsin finally has a balanced budget, an unemployment rate at its lowest since 2008, and a pro-freedom and pro-worker labor reform that allows public employees to keep more of their paychecks instead of it being wasted on union dues for political purposes. All of this was done without raising taxes. Governor Scott Walker stood on principle and did exactly what he was going to do but now faces the greatest test to his political career with his recall election.
In Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels finally passed critical right to work legislation, which also ended forced dues from non-union public employees. Again, this legislation is pro-freedom and pro-worker, but the unions are going ballistic. This is despite the fact, according to Ross Kaminsky of The American Spectator, that the Rust Belt has lost jobs to the more worker friendly, pro-right to work southern states. This could serve as the harbinger for more right to work legislation across the country IF it attracts more businesses to settle in states like Indiana and Wisconsin without the hassle of union bullying.
Kaminksy continues by stating that conservative efforts to reintroduce freedom into the labor market is an existential threat to the unions, whose main purposes of keeping their workers healthy and safe have been marginalized by technological achievements, new safety regulations, and a less industrialized economy. We should all be bracing for the fight ahead. The Scott Walker recall will be the first of many battles that conservatives and business owners will have with big labor and their allies.
I’m confident we will win this fight. Most Americans do not have a pension. When they see union members balking at modest pay freezes and contribution increases for their pension and health care plans, they will react with absolute disgust as they did in New Jersey with the teachers’ unions. Americans are budgeting more seriously, saving, and sacrificing more to make ends meet, and union petulance only exposes their entitlement mentality that, I feel, is politically unattractive.
In all, this election season may include the most important non-presidential election with Mr. Walker’s recall, as it will energize big labor and motivate them to circulate recall petitions in other “anti-worker” states if they succeed. Conservatives need to focus heavily to stop big labor’s pernicious agenda of anti-freedom and coercive union participation in the workplace. Unions only care about one thing: head counts. Head counts equal dues, and, with no dues, they can’t buy influence to keep their cartels alive. We are cutting off the money flow that has kept their parasitic relationship alive with unions stuffing liberal Democrat war chests for re-election and, in turn, buying influence in government. This fight will be bloody. Bring it on!
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