Citizens of Wisconsin finally have their day at the polls and a chance to win a recall of Governor Scott Walker who, since taking office, has targeted public unions, forcing them to take cuts to their benefits while also taking away their collective bargaining rights for future negotiations. Over one million citizens of Wisconsin signed a petition back in January for a recall election of Scott Walker, which is happening today.
Thousands of voters poured out into the street when Scott Walker, working with a Republican controlled state legislator put forth a bill to lower benefits for public workers and end their collective bargaining rights. Gov. Walker claimed to do this because of a $3 billion shortfall in the state’s budget but at the same time he gave large a large tax cut to businesses.
When campaigning for governor, Gov. Walker never gave a hint that he would seek to attack public worker benefits and seek to take away their collective bargaining rights. He made broad references that he would “ask” public workers to accept lower benefits but nothing to the extent he would force it upon them.
I believe Scott Walker’s campaign to be governor was a deception, and I believe all along he knew what he would do once he entered office and he carried it out. His association with the likes of the Koch brothers of Koch industries, who are not Wisconsin citizens themselves, says a great deal about where Gov. Walker wants to take his state and those he wants to reward along the way.
Walker’s campaign has received up to two-thirds of their contributions coming from out-of-state and much of that from wealthy donors, such as the Koch brothers. There is an interest for guys like the Koch brothers to see Gov. Walker succeed in overturning the unions. They’ve brought in “Right to Work” advocates and they intend to drive Wisconsin into a “Right to Work” state.
In my opinion, a “Right to Work” state, such as the one I live in – Oklahoma – only gives you a right to work for a lot less than you’re worth and a lot less than it takes to take care of your family.
What I’m counting on is the collective anger of the people of Wisconsin that Scott Walker’s actions have harmed and motivation of average workers to drive them to the polls today and show Scott Walker out of the governor’s mansion. And by doing so, send a clear message to the Koch brothers and their like, that all the money in the world is not going to change what voters really want.
The polls have been in Walker’s favor for a while now but what could prove to be the driving force is who is the most motivated; those who want to keep Scott Walker as their governor or those who want him out? I’m betting on the latter.