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After many months of anticipation or annoyance, depending on who you talk, Wisconsin will finally figure out if the state truly does stand with Walker.  Tonight, for the second time in less than two years, Scott Walker is squaring off against Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett for the governorship for Wisconsin.  I know many of you reading know all the details regarding why this second election has been deemed necessary, but for those of you that don’t, here’s a little background. 

The whole drama began in February 2o11 when Scott Walker backed a bill that would, for all intents and purposes, castrate the public sector unions.  Their rights to collectively bargain pensions and health care would be purged and their current benefits would be cut.  We were told that to do this would save the state about 180 million dollars a year and would be the only alternative to mass layoffs of public sector employees.  Prior to a vote in the state assembly, the democratic senators fled the state to Illinois in protest.  In the days that followed thousands and thousands of people came from all over the state to protest what they felt was an unfair law that Scott Walker had concealed from his election.  It’s no overstatement to say that the eyes of the nation turned to Wisconsin to see how this episode would play out.  After several weeks of protest, on March 9th, 2011, a lone democrat was lured back to the capitol building under the guise of a talk.  As soon as he arrived, roll was called and despite his adamant protest, the bill was voted on and passed.  Shortly their after, the recall petitions for Walker and Republican members of the state senate began being passed around leading to the election tonight. 

Overhead view of hundreds of people wearing red for the Teachers' union, protesting against Walker's bill.

Now there are a number to details about this whole “recall” and all other recent “recalls” that have not quite sat well with me.  The first being is Wisconsin’s case, the one year waiting period before the gubernatorial recall petition can be started.  I don’t understand why, if a politician does anything that his/her constituents deems impeachable, that the entire process can’t start immediately.  In my opinion, this year waiting period has allowed many people to forget the crap that Gov. Walker and his Republican cronies pulled in the winter of 2011.  Remember his taped conversations with the billionaire Koch brothers, discussing whether or not to bring paid thugs to Madison to cause trouble in order to make the protesting lefties look bad?   That year encourages a politician to pull outlandish crap early on in their administration in hopes that later on people will begin to forget when the time comes to sign a petition or vote.

Another aspect of this “recall” that bothers me is that this isn’t a true recall.  I believe a recall should be a yes/no vote.  If the yes’ take the majority, then set up the primaries leading up to a final election where new candidates are involved.  Wisconsin isn’t the only state that gets it wrong when it comes to recall elections.  Let’s look back at California in 2000.  The backward rules in that recall election were that Grey Davis, in siting Governor, had to get 50% of the vote or more in order to remain in office.  If he received less than 50%, the person with the highest remaining percentage would be declared the winner.  Obviously, Mr. Davis didn’t get his 50%.  He did garner 42% of the vote, the highest of all those running.  Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger only received 22%.  So even though Grey Davis got the highest percentage of all those running and would have won if this had been a normal election, he lost because of these ridiculous recall voting laws.

No matter who wins tonight, I think it’s safe to say that Scott Walker has been a disaster as governor.  Things aren’t any closer to being better in Wisconsin then they were in November 2011.  In fact, depending on who you ask they may be worse.  Every day Scott Walker gets closer and closer to fitting the dictionary definition of a fascist.  Look it up, you’ll be surprised how close he fits.  On top of that he’s a liar. I’m sure most of you are familiar with his recent attempt to cover up the fact that Wisconsin is losing jobs, not gaining them in droves like his economic policy was supposed to do.  He’s also apparently an idiot.  By screwing public employees and teachers via his new colletive bargaining law, he was supposed to be saving the state many millions.  This extremely controversial law was supposed to eliminate the need for mass layoffs.  I wonder then, if Mr. Walker could explain why Menomonee Falls Public Works had to fire 8 employees earlier in May, reducing an already record low staff. 

English: Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin

The truth is that this is all part of the plan of Mr. Walker and his lackies in the Republican party.  The aim of the goal is the eventual privatization of almost all public jobs.  What he and his friends don’t tell the public is that privatization in the long run actual costs the taxpayer more money in the long run, but that’s ok for him.  As long as big business is happy and giving to him and his friends campaigns, all is good, the public be damned.  The unfortunate thing about this whole mess is that, for the most part, the public is left unaware.  The mass media is silent.  It’s a shame that you have to stumble upon random blogs from random people in order to catch a glimpse of any honest questions and even the slightest bit of real truth.  Not the manufactured garbage on the local news and the stuff written in the local “liberal” rag.  I don’t think Tom Barrett is the answer, but he is definitely a step in a better direction in this media made event we’re calling a “recall”.

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