The reforms that Walker has put in place have been characterized as "radical," but are they really? According to an article by jsonline, "Before the Walker reforms, most state employees in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contributed only about 0.2% of their wages toward the pension plan. Now that the reform bill has passed, most workers must contribute 5.8% of their wages, lowering the actual taxpayer cost to 23.7% (29.5 - 5.8) of wages." In this light, the private sector seems to be paying more than their fair share.
Since his term began, Wisconsin has eliminated a $3.6 billion budget deficit, introduced much needed pension reforms, and paid down millions of dollars in state debt without raising the tax rate.
One article claims that true progressives should support the governor's measures; "There's something bizarre in all this, a reminder that the once-proud movement of working people has morphed into an upper-middle-class movement of coddled public employees who do not care about debt levels and eroded public services. They have their gold-plated pensions and no one better touch them or else." It is hard to argue with a rebounding economy and receding debt, but that is exactly what is happening in Wisconsin.
The amount of money from union dues pouring into the state is astounding. Many unions, including the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), have contributed over 2 million dollars to the recall effort. Additionally, the money spent on the campaigns of Governor Walker and his opponent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has broken Wisconsin records, at $63.5 million. The recall movement is certainly basing their argument on emotion and not reality.
If Scott Walker is recalled, he would be the third governor in history to be removed from office.
Watch part of a fascinating documentary about the situation in Wisconsin by Ami Horowitz.