To The Daily Sun,
I have no idea whether Scott Walker will be the Republican presidential nominee or not. All I do know is that on the debate stage he is the anti-union candidate.
People will surely ask what does that have to do with being president. The answer is everything. Union clout may have withered over past decades in the American workplace, but unions represent the main obstacle to just about every kind of critical reform this country needs to improve our ability to compete globally, and remain solvent.
Scott Walker tapped into the voter outrage in Wisconsin. He has been elected three times in a row in a very blue collar state with over-the-top union opposition and money contributed in the many millions from unions far and wide to defeat his candidacy. That is where union dues go. Not to workers, but to determine political outcomes. Often with the dues money paid by people who oppose unions goals. That is why "right to work" has become law in so many states in recent years including Wisconsin.
The enormous union slush money opposition never worked. In fact Walker has been elected by ever larger majorities each time he has run. We can be sure just about every union member in Wisconsin voted against him all three times. But he carries non-union, taxpayer voters by 75 percent. The general public and taxpayers across Wisconsin had their fill of what unions had done to their living standards. Property taxes in Wisconsin today are lower today than they were four years ago thanks specifically to Walker. Few states if any can say that. Surely not New Hampshire under Democratic governors for the past decade.
Enthusiasm for Walker is driven by taxpayers in towns and cities across Wisconsin who noticed that public, state and government workers had morphed into a privileged political class with the best pay, benefits, longest vacations (teachers work eight months, but seek wages like they worked 12) and job security that literally makes government workers and union members unmovable no matter their proficiency. Union dues fund a political class that seems oblivious to everyone else's pain. Unionized school teachers in Wisconsin demanded higher wages during the peak of the recession, despite the fact they were the highest-paid teachers on average in America. It is not difficult to see why Walker's message resonated with taxpayers, many who were suffering terribly at the hands of unions.
Democrats Bill Clinton, Dick Gephardt and Tom Daschle desperately wanted to back private Social Security (SS) accounts in the mid 1990s until big labor shut the discussions down cold. More than 20 percent of the delegates at Al Gore's 2000 convention were union members who stated loudly their one goal was to make sure nothing was inserted in the Democratic platform that involved entitlement reform. Unions still oppose entitlement reform and private accounts.
Let me point out to you. Had Social Security adopted those private accounts when Clinton wanted them, people other than the rich today would now be in possession of hundreds of billions of dollars the rich now have and they don't. Union logic leads one place. More inequality, not less. That is exactly why Walker is governor of Wisconsin today, with sky-high polling approval numbers. He freed the taxpayers from union dominance. Walker spreads the wealth to every one, not just union members.
Walker won the hotly contested Wisconsin recall election because it was more than clear every fear FDR stated in his loud opposition to allowing public government employs to unionize had befallen the state of Wisconsin. The utter failure of the so called Blue-State model of governance had finally been revealed, characterized by a stagnating economy, an over-taxed private sector, a bloated, over paid public sector, pushing health care and pension time bombs set to explode in the face of towns and cities across the country. Walker reversed this failed circle, syndrome where democratic politicians are in truth puppets on a union string. Walker has been rewarded politically for it. Not just by conservatives, but by taxpayers across the political spectrum.
Good luck Scott.