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In Wisconsin, many have been surprised...
And look at this... all in time for a recall election! And what are the people saying about that?On Monday Mr. Walker's office released new data that show the property tax bill for the median home fell by 0.4% in 2011, as reported by Wisconsin's municipalities. Property taxes, which are the state's largest revenue source and mainly fund K-12 schools, have risen every year since 1998—by 43% overall. The state budget office estimates that the typical homeowner's bill would be some $700 higher without Mr. Walker's collective-bargaining overhaul and budget cuts.
The median home value did fall in 2011, by about 2.3%, which no doubt influenced the slight downward trend. But then values also fell in 2009 and 2010, by similar amounts, and the state's take from the average taxpayer still climbed by 2.1% and 1.5%, respectively. In absolute terms homeowners won't see large dollar benefits year over year, but any hold-the-line tax respite is both rare and welcome in this age of ever-expanding government.
And as we all know, PPP is the left's favorite polling company.A new robopoll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) with a slim lead over both likely Democratic rivals in the June Wisconsin recall election. Walker leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 50 percent to 45 percent and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk 50 percent to 43 percent.
In June the people of Wisconsin have a real choice:
So far it seems they are in favor of modernized efficient government.The political lesson is that attempts to modernize government are always controversial, but support usually builds over time as the public comes to appreciate the benefits of structural change that tames the drivers of a status quo that includes ever-higher spending and taxes. The Wisconsin recall donnybrook in June will test whether voters value their own bottom lines more than the political power of unions.
Review & Outlook: A Wisconsin Vindication - WSJ.com
Scott Walker leads Democratic rivals in new Wisconsin recall poll - The Washington Post
“If we open up our borders … we could suppress wages of middle class jobs” – Alan GreenspanWe need to suppress the wage levels of the skilled. We need to suppress wages in comparison to the “lesser skilled ” - Alan Greenspan
Results are what matter, if Walkers policies are working, which it's clear they are, thus he has a record of success. Unlike Obama who has failed policies with no success.
People vote for success not failure.
He needs to makes sure that he's investing heavily in the PR game to make sure people know what he has accomplished. If all of his accomplishments are unknown and the message that everyone sees is only coming from the opposition, then he'll lose regardless of his success.
"The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead." - John Maynard Keynes (admits his philosophy is not viable)
The problem Gov. Scott Walker faces is not showing policy success. It is facing union supporting groups that have little interest in much but their own success. We can only hope that the voters will see the difference.
- Frustrated Independent
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.” - Penn Jillette amazingly enough, and I agree.
It'll be interesting to see how hard reality hits some people in Wisconsin come June. (Hopefully it'll be on the democratic party affiliation side.)
When I lived in Madison, property taxes were insanely high (try $6k-8k for a modest 3 bedroom home). However, every 3 or 4 years they would drop by ~$700 or so, only to return to previous levels within another year or two.
I'd say Walker can try to cherry-pick the results he wants, but the effect is far from proven. Secondly, what about the $10million he cost Milwaukee county by saving them $100,000 by illegally laying off workers (when he was in charge there)? Is that smart budget cutting?
Liberals fail to recognize that modern conservatives are direct evidence of the failure of the public education system.
You know if it costs more money then you save it's not really a savings. It kind of reminds me of the imminent domain case Sarah Palin tried to pull off in Wasilla. Wasn't worth it.
I think it's a bit early to say if Scott Walker is a good governor. But he's definitely winning the political battle. And liberals are about to sink a lot of money into this recall, which is money that won't be reelecting the President or defending the Senate.
So the recall election is coming up next month and what is the other side saying?
WFT?So, let's see. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the front-runner, has focused his campaigns on jobs, education, the environment and "making communities safer." One of Mr. Barrett's ads singles out "Walker's War on Women," with nary a mention of collective bargaining. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is heavily supported by union groups, but even her issues list makes only passing reference to collective bargaining.
Yeah awkward... but it gets 'worse'No wonder. Since Mr. Walker's reforms went into effect, the doom and gloom scenarios have failed to materialize. Property taxes in the state were down 0.4% in 2011, the first decline since 1998. According to Chief Executive magazine, Wisconsin moved up four more places this year to number 20 in an annual CEO survey of the best states to do business, after jumping 17 spots last year.
The Governor's office has estimated that altogether the reforms have saved Badger State taxpayers more than $1 billion, including $65 million in changes in health-care plans, and some $543 million in local savings documented by media reports. According to the Wisconsin-based MacIver Institute, Mayor Barrett's city of Milwaukee saved $19 million on health-care costs as a direct result of Mr. Walker's reforms. Awkward turtle.
But really, what was the REAL issue here?Some of the good news has been in the schools, because districts have been able to avoid teacher layoffs and make ends meet because of flexibility created by the changes. In the Brown Deer school district, savings created by pension and health-care contributions from employees allowed the school to prevent layoffs and save some $800,000 for taxpayers.
In Fond du Lac, school board president Eric Everson says the district saved $4 million as a result of last year's reforms, including $2 million from the changes in employee contributions to their pensions.
Another 52 schools across the state saved an average of $220 per student thanks to the ability to introduce competitive bidding for health insurance, rather than automatically going through WEA Trust, the favored provider of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. If the savings are even half as large as the Governor's surveys indicate, they are still enormous.
Union power, not employee rights that's what. Speaking of employee rights, now that their dues aren't forcibly taken from them out of their pay checks, close to half of all teachers have elected to... not pay.Mr. Walker's reforms were a modest but necessary response to the state's fiscal problems, and the proof is in the emerging results. The union reaction was so ferocious because the reforms reduced Big Labor's clout over state and local taxpayers and thus its ability to milk taxpayers year after year without challenge.
Review & Outlook: Wisconsin Recall Amnesia - WSJ.com
The polling is showing Walker opening a lead
This of likely voters...
Recall Fever | weaskamerica.comWhile other polls also show Walker in the lead, no one is suggesting that this race is anywhere near over. Walker only leads among self-described Independent voters by 47.6%-44.6%, and the underlying numbers seem fluid. Still, some of Walker’s detractors have been vocal about the fact that Walker was duly elected in 2010 and in most states would not be able to be challenged with a recall without greater cause. And a whopping 95% of those called said they plan to vote in the June 5th election which will have the national spotlight on it.
For now, that light is shining a bit brighter on Scott Walker.
I ♣ Ideologues!
Walker is going to win the recall, handily I believe (5 points or more). I also believe that Wisconin is in play for the Presidential race, with Obama polling well under 50% in the state and Romney trailing by one point.
"It's a good feeling to shoot a bad guy. Something you democrats would never understand. Americans are homesteaders, we want a safe home, keep the money we make, and shoot bad guys!"
Two polls show Obama tied with Romney in Wisconsin. That's gotta be galling to liberals. And REpublicans lead the Senate race as well.