As goes Wisconsin, so goes the nation Part IV: Scott Walker wins recall election
Scott Walker has won the recall election and this is great news for the future direction of this nation. I have written a series of posts, of which this is the conclusion, in which I stated exactly how important I felt the recall election in Wisconsin really is. It has been my belief that as goes Wisconsin, so goes the nation and the theory is quite simple: This nation faces a fiscal crisis which must be dealt with in the very near future or the total economic system will collapse under the weight of excessive government spending. Tough decisions must be made, but the problem is that too many politicians on both sides of the aisle put their reelections ahead of the future of the country and are not willing to do what is needed to stave off the impending doom for fear of repercussions at the ballot box.
Scott Walker was one man who stepped up to the plate and actually made tough choices regardless of what it meant for his political future, and his changes made a difference:
Walker has helped to turn a $3.6 billion budget deficit into a $154 million surplus. Over 35,000 new jobs have been added since Walker’s reforms. Property taxes were decreased for he first time in 12 years and the state has saved more than a billion dollars in spending.
But for all of his successes he faced exactly what most politicians fear the most–the ire of a certain sect of the voters who decided that he needed to be removed from office for making choices which they did not agree with and it didn’t matter if he was the duly elected head of the state, they refused to accept the will of the people.
The problem for Scott Walker’s detractors was the timeline; it simply took too long for the process to play out. The unions had hoped to recall Scott Walker before the results of his policies were seen, hoping emotion would carry them to victory, but once the results were seen people voted with their head because they saw his policies were working, and this bodes well for the November election.
If Scott Walker had been recalled for taking a tough political stance and making tough political decisions, even when it can be seen these decisions worked, it would have proved that the people simply weren’t ready to accept the tough decisions which must be made if we are to turn this nation around, and this would have dissuaded politicians from following Scott Walker’s lead.
But this election might just show us that the people are finally getting serious about solving the problems we face as a nation and this should embolden the Republicans heading into the November election for this is a repudiation not only of liberal policies but also of the president himself.
There is a clear contrast between Scott Walker’s policies and Barack Obama’s policies, not only in ideology but also in results, and this could give us an indication that the people are sick and tired of politicians who put their own futures ahead of the future of the country–this shows us that the people want action and they want results. Scott Walker has given the people of his state results while Barack Obama has given the people of the nation excuses and if I were the president I would be more than a little worried right about now.
The momentum from the election of 2010 has not been lost, and reports of the death of the Tea Party have been greatly exaggerated.