Jun 06 2012
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.