Jun 06 2012

That Was Totally Wicked!

Published by at 7:50 am under 2012 Elections,All General Discussions

I tell you what, the Wisconsin recall election results were totally ‘wicked’ yesterday.

Firstly, government employee unions finally saw their fate after picking tax payer pockets for way too long, as is well explained here:

… the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he [Walker] has found it.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt—who more than any other president set our country on a course away from the founding principles of limited government—knew that public sector unions would be the death of the social welfare state he worked so hard to create. Hence, he consistently opposed allowing government employees to unionize. Today, Greece sets the example of what happens when public sector unions gain the upper hand.

Scott Walker ran for office promising change. The fiscal medicine he is administering may be bitter, but it looks like it is starting to work.  The state budget has been balanced.  The unemployment rate has been dropping and is now below the national average. Property taxes are down. Fraudulent sick leave policies—which allowed employees to call in sick and then work the next shift for overtime pay—have been ended. The government has stopped forcibly collecting union dues from workers’ paychecks.

Moreover, as I noted yesterday, the dismal performance of the exit polls indicates there is a large but silent insurgent vote out there in the electorate that is running under the radar of pollsters. The interesting thing about polls, to be accurate those being sampled have to either wish to be sampled, or at least allow it. If a prevailing view that spans multiple sample groups decides to resist sampling, then the polls will miss the energy forming. That appears to be what happened with the supposedly tight race that was called early.

For example, if union house holds who rejected the recall and embraced Walker’s reforms avoided being sampled, then the exit polls would miss how well Walker was doing in union households.  The exit polls show Barret talking 2/3rds of union households, but that does not jive with the following data:

Now that union dues are voluntary, tens of thousands of union members have stopped paying them.  Membership in the Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) has dropped by half. Membership in the stat’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is down by over a third.

Does this look like government employee union members are embracing the cause? Not to me.

If this effect is not isolated to Wisconsin (and I strongly believe it is not), then the polls showing a close race between Romney and Obama are just as flawed. I know exit polls are different animals, but what I am emphasizing is a common resistance to being sampled by a uniformly aligned voting block.

The same voting block that produced the historic drubbing of the Dems in 2010 and have ousted GOP establishment veterans in the primaries this cycle. Apparently the Tea Party Libertarians are not disbanded, just quietly going about their business of fixing our government through democracy.

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “That Was Totally Wicked!”

  1. lurker9876 says:

    Yahoo! It’s time to break apart the public unions. They were useful back in the heydays but not now. They can do something if they want to survive but they can no longer survive based on the current infrastructure.

    So Trumka will go out of the country like Rathe in order to build his own union empire????

  2. dhunter says:

    My Gadsden Flag flies proudly below the American flag, the Tea Party is not dead, it is just waiting until it can see the whites of their eyes.
    The eyes of the crony capitalists, the lying big spenders, the socialists in hiding, the professional panderers, the career rip off artists on both sides of the isle.
    GONE!
    Aim Small Hit Small and don’t waste yer powder.
    I for Won just love lying to pollsters and throwing out incompetent sissy’s and cowards, OHIO rid yerself of Boehner, he has not the emotional maturiy to take on the Lyin Rats or the desire to, either way get rid of him he is not up to the task!

    Thankyou Sarah Palin!

  3. dhunter says:

    AJ I am in moderation for ?

  4. Redteam says:

    Public unions should never have been permitted. Labor unions for private companies, ok at the time but seem to have outlived their usefulness and has put a lot of companies out of business. A retired California highway patrolman making $250,000 a year says it all.

  5. dhunter says:

    My Gadsden Flag flies proudly below the American flag, the Tea Party is not dead, it is just waiting until it can see the whites of their eyes.
    The eyes of the crony capitalists, the lying big spenders, the $ociali$t$ in hiding, the professional panderers, the career rip off artists on both sides of the isle.
    GONE!
    Aim Small Hit Small and don’t waste yer powder.
    I for Won just love lying to pollsters and throwing out incompetent sissy’s and cowards, OHIO rid yerself of Boehner, he has not the emotional maturiy to take on the Lyin Rats or the desire to, either way get rid of him he is not up to the task!

    Thank you Sarah Palin!

  6. crosspatch says:

    One problem the polling agencies are having is getting a good sample. When they attempt to contact registered voters, for example, they have only about a 9% success rate in actually getting hold of people, and if they do, of getting them to answer the survey. I don’t answer telephone polls anymore because many of them are phony and designed to collect demographic information for marketing firms. What they do is pretend to be asking for opinions but also want to know such things as household incomes, ages of people in the household, etc. What they are doing is collecting demographic information about the phone number for telemarketing companies. You can’t tell a legitimate political pollster from someone conducting market research so I just don’t answer them at all.

    So the 9% they DO get are likely to be a skewed sample.

  7. crosspatch says:

    One problem the polling agencies are having is getting a good sample. When they attempt to contact registered voters, for example, they have only about a 9% success rate in actually getting hold of people, and if they do, of getting them to answer the survey. I don’t answer telephone polls anymore because many of them are phony and designed to collect demographic information for marketing firms. What they do is pretend to be asking for opinions but also want to know such things as household incomes, ages of people in the household, etc. What they are doing is collecting demographic information about the phone number for telemarketing companies. You can’t tell a legitimate political pollster from someone conducting market research so I just don’t answer them at all.

    So the 9% they DO get are likely to be a skewed sample.

  8. crosspatch says:

    In other words, if you want to reach 500 registered voters, you need a list of over 5,000 names to try. And chances are another polling agency is going to hit many of that same 9% of people so you probably have a very small number of people answering a large number of polls.

  9. Redteam says:

    This is the mentality of the socialist states (unions in the US) France, which is broke, just ‘lowered’ the retirement age from 62 to 60, here is their reasoning, believe it or not

    “We committed to put this measure in place quickly for social justice for those who started working early,” said Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine.

    The reforms will cost the state billions of euros a year but can be afforded through higher worker and employer contributions, according to the government.

    just tax the suckers, they deserve it….

  10. Redteam says:

    ugh, for about putting the word ‘s-ocial-ist’ in a post. gets it into moderation. Mr. Moderation must not like s-ocial-ists

  11. Redteam says:

    This is the mentality of the s-ocial-ist states (unions in the US) France, which is broke, just ‘lowered’ the retirement age from 62 to 60, here is their reasoning, believe it or not

    “We committed to put this measure in place quickly for social justice for those who started working early,” said Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine.

    The reforms will cost the state billions of euros a year but can be afforded through higher worker and employer contributions, according to the government.

    just tax the suckers, they deserve it….

  12. Redteam says:

    a quote from that article: “Corey now has made the prosecution a personal issue.” I don’t disagree that it is a personal issue with the prosecutor, just with the ‘now has made’ part of it. It was and has been a ‘personal’ issue from day one. that’s why she was appointed to it. It has never been about seeing justice done, it has been about putting GZ in jail. She’s now ‘overplaying’ her hand in an attempt to keep the defense from calling her bluff..

  13. NewEnglandDevil says:

    Not disagreeing Redteam, but I believe she could legally split that hair – up until she threatened a personal lawsuit.

  14. Layman says:

    I thought this thread was a Trayvon/Zimmerman free zone! :-)

    Back to Wisconsin – just love the guys on TV crying and saying that it’s the end of democracy, the end of America as we know it. For them it probably is – they’ve spent their entire lives on the public dole in an unending pool of taxpayer money – and now that pool will be (somewhat) limited.

    Boo Freakin’ hoo!!!

  15. Redteam says:

    Layman, ok, from now on TM/Gz free zone. I agree, on your Boo Freakin’ hoo… I just loved that progressive guy crying on tv.
    We can only hope that ‘it’s the end of democracy as THEY know it’..thank goodness

  16. ivehadit says:

    http://news.investors.com/article/614173/201206071903/alabama-fights-un-agenda-21-land-grab.htm

    Have you seen this, speaking of wicked. Wisconsin and Alabama save the day!