Opponents Can’t Deny Gov. Walker’s Success Stories

So they avoid details and stick to vapid talking points

The whole basis of the recall campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was that his public employee union reforms would ruin public schools.

But as the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack reports, Walker’s gubernatorial challenger Tom Barrett can’t “point to a single public school that has been harmed by Walker’s reforms.”

Instead, Walker’s opponents claim the governor’s innovative policies are destroying some vaguely defined “workers rights.”

As fellow Wisconsinite Congressman Paul Ryan said recently, we spend too much time measuring inputs, while ignoring outputs. Gov. Walker’s opponents cling to this idea that unions should function in a particular manner—as though it was spelled out that way in the Constitution or tacked on as an addendum to the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. Gov. Walker is saying, look, what’s the purpose of teachers and schools? To educate our children well. That’s the goal, so let’s structure our procedures to advance that, to make sure we have quality teachers. And the governor has been incredibly successful in improving education in Wisconsin.

Also at the Weekly Standard, McCormack’s colleague Stephen F. Hayes writes:

“There’s a reason the governor’s reforms have gone from being the center of the anti-Walker movement to a talking point to be avoided. They’ve worked. Walker took office with a projected deficit of $3.6 billion, and in two years he’s erased it. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue projected last month that the state will have a budget surplus of $154 million by the summer of 2013.”

But Walker’s opponents prefer to hold to archaic ideas about collective bargaining—ideas that even FDR thought dangerous for a union of public employees, because, in effect, they can hold the taxpayer hostage.

Gov. Walker has stood up to this, which is why if he can win this recall election next Tuesday (June 5), maybe it will be a sign that the old way of doing things, high faluting rhetoric disguising bad policies that keep us in the gutter, will be coming to an end.

Watch this video of Paul Ryan talking about how we need to focus more on policies that will get better results rather than compassionate-sounding promises that in the end are empty (2:10).

Read John McCormack’s post here (1 page).

Check out Steve Hayes’s piece on Gov. Walker’s successes (1.5 pages).

  1. pedro

    FWIW, the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union (the coop farmers) and Family Farm Defenders rellay do support farmers and they have joined us on the square. WFU runs Kamp Kenwood a summer camp that teaches the cooperative economic model. They even have a disciplinary system that is non-hierarchal peer review (the campers police themselves by committee).

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