The meaning of Governor Walker's victory
There have been only three governor-recall elections in our nation’s history … and Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker is the only one to survive such a vote.
Is his victory an indication that voters in a traditionally-Democrat state believe labor unions are too powerful and need to be trimmed back? Is the vote a rejection of all things Democrat, including the incumbent president?
Governor Walker found a need to put his state’s fiscal house in order, and that meant cutting spending. In the process, he took on the unions’ collective bargaining power. Many American politicians find themselves in the same boat … trying to bring today’s fiscal realities in line with big promises that have been made to citizens … and are simply no longer sustainable.
Governor Walker and so many local and state officials are making some very tough decisions. Perhaps the Wisconsin recall vote demonstrates voters’ willingness to back those tough calls.
Our thought for today is from John Abrams:
“If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result.”