On Governor Scott Walker’s recall-election triumph in Wisconsin…
Now, putting partisan politics aside – which is impossible to do but, just for the moment, if you want to do it – shouldn’t all of us be celebrating this victory? Because in reality – strip away all the partisanship, strip away all of the reasons that there’s acrimony – doesn’t this victory last night, by Scott Walker – doesn’t it mean that states all over the country now have another choice when it comes to dealing with fiscal emergencies? They don’t have to raise taxes. States do not have to lay off people. They don’t have to go bankrupt. The federal tax payer does not have to bail out these states. There’s now another choice. The states can trim a little fat from their public sector union contracts, which is always their biggest expense. Isn’t that good news? There is a way here, that’s been lighted. This ought to be, in the real world, where we’re in fiscal troubles, serious fiscal trouble – here is a state, which has shown a way out of it.
On Wisconsin voters turning back Democrat attempts to recall newly-elected Republican senators…
By turning back the Democrats’ attempt to recall – and I tell you, those were heroic Republican state senators that voted against all the union activity in Wisconsin, you know ending the collective bargaining and making them pay a little bit toward their own retirement and so forth, that was big stuff when that happened, it was gutsy, it was courageous, not only the Republican Governor but these Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature. And by turning back the Democrat attempt to recall – there were six Republican senators that they were trying for recall, four of ‘em were victorious, four Republicans won, so that they maintained control of the Senate in Wisconsin. It means that the people of Wisconsin have fended off what amounted to a government union takeover. The unions were trying via the recall election to take over the state of Wisconsin. The people of Wisconsin rejected it. The Democrats and the unions and their allies in the media, which is to say the media, tried everything. They pulled out all the stops, what was it, thirty five? Thirty five million dollars, they had all their goons running around, and they still lost. All of which should be very inspiring for the rest of us. If the taxpayers of Wisconsin can win against all those odds… you know Wisconsin is only recently a red state. And that’s why this was important.
On the generosity of Wisconsin Governor Walker's proposals to state unions.
Wisconsin bureaucrats ought to be kissing this governor's feet for what he's offering them, during these economic times. States that are running deficits should not be contributing to pensions or health care plans. Now that may sound cruel or unfair, but what's fair? Fair is spending money that you have. Fair is spending your own money, that you have.
On the road ahead for Republican politicians...
What Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana Republicans are doing better be an inspiration. Because if what they're doing makes other Republicans get weak in the knees, if other Republicans get scared and don't like what they're seeing and alter the way they go, then all this is gonna be for naught. If we get caught up in "Oh my God, we're losing the headline war on Twitter...” – now's not the time to start hoping the media get it, see our way. There are decisions very difficult ahead. The pressure... can't be imagined. Forget the union thugs – up next is the Welfare Nation, that's gonna be storming into every building they can get into. This is the warm-up. Are we all ready for it? I wonder.
On what's at stake in the Wisconsin confrontation between Governor Walker and the public-sector unions.
The Left does not stop with the law. The Left doesn't care. They will do whatever, they will get these teachers, these people they want us to think of as the kind of people seen in a Norman Rockwell painting, and they'll bring the little students up to the capitol building and say "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Scott Walker's gotta go." ... So the Left is showing us once again who they are, and what is it they're trying to preserve? ... they are trying to preserve the union money-laundering operation. That is what's going on here. Never forget that that's what the public sector unions are. They are money-laundering operations. They are doing their best – they're pulling out all the stops, to make sure – 'cause all those union dues, it's all about union dues, which end up as campaign donations to the Democrat party. In Wisconsin, in Washington, where have you. That's what's at stake. Secondarily – make no mistake, it's a close second... – that is, the freeloaders don't want to give up the gravy-train.
On Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan's new budget blueprint.
I talked to Congressman Paul Ryan on the phone this morning. He is going to announce a major budget blueprint, a ten-year budget blueprint tomorrow, and folks, it's wonderful... substantively it is superb. Politically, it's brilliant. They are going to throw so many balls in the air at the Democrats that the Democrats are not gonna know which ones to focus on and try to defeat. First, it's a tough budget – you've probably heard four trillion dollars in cuts, over ten years. It might end up being more than that. It is a growth-oriented budget, it doesn't feature a lot of tax increases... basically it's going to freeze spending levels at 2008 levels... it's exactly what the election of last November was all about.
On David Prosser's substantial margin of victory in Wisconsin.
The left put three and a half million dollars into this Supreme Court race. Prosser versus Kloppenberg. If they can't win in Wisconsin – if they can't win in Wisconsin with all that union money and all that union power and all that propaganda, and the bussed-in union goons – they bussed people in from across the country – in ultra-liberal Wisconsin – then we really should have hope here folks.