According to the polls, Walker will be re-elected (is that the proper term for surviving a recall?) today by the voters of Wisconsin – by 5 to 10 percentage points, depending on which poll you believe (I tend towards the higher margin of victory – not because a poll says so, but because the dynamics of the race are showing increasing GOP support and a collapse of Democrat support). While various liberal pundits and power brokers have spent the last week or so downplaying the significance of the Wisconsin result the fact remains that the American left poured everything it had in to Wisconsin – first to try and prevent Walker’s reforms from being enacted then in an attempt to undo them, with this recall vote today just being the last gasp. After all this effort if Walker survives, then this is the death knell for the American left.
The left, since the 1930’s, has used the government to fund the increasing power of the left. Public sector unions are just this sort of thing on steroids – such unions lobby themselves (essentially) on whether or not government will get bigger while they also ensure that anyone who plays ball with Big Government and the left gets rewarded with wealth and/or political power. The real reason that government never gets smaller is because the government funds (on a gigantic scale) a vast army of lobbyists who work night and day against the concept of reducing government. As long as public sector unions have unfettered power to draw money from government workers and use it in support of those politicians who are willing to increase the power and size of government (and thus the power and size of the public sector unions, as well as other leftist groups), so will government continue to grow. While Walker’s reforms did a lot of things the most important aspect of it was to liberate the workers of Wisconsin government from a de-facto requirement to be a member of the union.
As was reported a few days back, public sector union membership has collapsed in Wisconsin – all due to Walker’s reform which took away the union’s power to deduct dues automatically from and employees pay. Now the unions have to rely on voluntary subscription…and the workers are showing they want nothing to do with the union. It was this which really impelled the leadership of the left to go ballistic. While rank and file liberals are still convinced that Walker just hates workers, the union bosses know that the real issue is whether or not workers like the union. Events are showing that they don’t – and each person who quits the union takes one more bit of power from the union. The power to influence elections and lobby for ever larger government is ebbing away from the unions, and thus from the overall left.
This is for the whole ball of wax. If Walker wins, then the public sector unions are on the ropes – and it then becomes only a matter of time, given our budget crisis, that the rest of government funding for the left goes to the chopping block. Think about this – the taxpayers provide a great deal of money for Planned Parenthood. PP spends a great deal of money not only advancing abortion, as a cause, but also attacking Republicans in service of their cause. Boiled down – though PP pretends to keep the funds separate – the tax dollars of pro-life Americans are being used to fund the political advancement of pro-abortion Americans. On and on it goes through a whole host of groups…all of them leftist, all of them getting all or part of their funding from the taxpayers, all of them advancing causes which most of the taxpayers oppose. With fear of the unions gone, more and more politicians will be willing to slaughter liberal sacred cows to balance the budget.
So, get ready first off for a lot of fun tonight – watching crestfallen liberals and making fun of their increasingly bizarre attempts to spin this as not a loss, at all. But then watch them come blazing back on the attack, knowing that if Obama goes down to defeat, there will be nothing stopping the federal government from duplicating Walker’s efforts.
UPDATE: So far reports indicate a very high turnout.
UPDATE II: Still many reports of high turnout and some indications of Democrat ballot box stuffing efforts. Drudge is saying that early exits indicate Walker by 5 – which is doubly encouraging because it appears that Democrat areas had the higher turnout early on. It will be what it will be – and I expect Walker will win as his victory margin will be outside the Democrat “margin of fraud”.