Finding North Without a Compass

A retired Army officer and retired Fortune 500 executive, Warren may be best known for making waves while serving on the Mequon Common Council and Ozaukee County Board. He's no longer an elected official, but he has plenty to say about local, state and national issues.



With the recall elections of several Republican State Senators just around the corner, it’s worth examining the rationale behind the action. These Republican State Senators voted in the majority with all the other Republican State Senators to support Governor Scott Walker’s agenda to pass a budget repair bill along with a separate bill to reduce the collective bargaining scope of public employee unions. The results appear to be the elimination of the State’s substantial debt deficit; an increase in Wisconsin jobs; encouragement of business to move into the State or expand if already here; additional contributions to pension and health care from public employees with concomitant positive effects on municipal and educational budgets. So where’s the beef?

Public unions may lose members and dues from which the public unions use funds to elect people who will increase public employment, increase wages and benefits leading to increase union dues from which the public unions can use to increase support to elect people who will continue to increase public employment – a never-ending circle. An even bigger picture involves all the public and private unions in the country. If Governor Walker’s program succeeds, it will put in jeopardy the ability of unions to influence their ability to affect elections of their supporters throughout the land. You can paint the picture of this scenario and why it is driving union leaders to panic. Is it any wonder they mounted recall actions against certain Republican State Senators who were eligible as deemed most vulnerable? Union money is flowing into Wisconsin in quantity, in the hopes of convincing voters to knock off certain Republican State Senators as a message: "Don’t oppose unions and the use of dues to elect union supporters."

I find ironic that the local liberal media and talking heads also heap their criticism on Governor Walker. (who is not eligible for recall) Their point, made over and over, is that had Governor Walker included these positions while he was campaigning, he never would have been elected.

Who knows whether this could be true or not, but I have yet to hear or read from those same sources whether President Obama should be judged by the same criteria.

Let’s see, had he campaigned on raising the national debt by about four billion dollars per day; increase gasoline price per gallon by 84%; increase unemployment by 23.7%; increase federal employees by 2.2%; increase food stamp recipients by 35.1%; increase the total national debt by 32.2%; increase the people under the poverty level by 9.5%, and on and on – would he have been elected in 2008? I think not from a 2 ½ years later prospective.

How about this? Let’s give Governor Walker 2 ½ years from his election (that’s July 2013) to see how his program works out. And let’s have all the Republican State Senators under recall prevail in the upcoming August vote. Recall was never meant to punish elected officials from voting the convictions of themselves and their constituents. For all you recall proponents out there, scheduled elections are meant to permit changes in your representation, when you disagree. Is it too much to hope for sanity to return to Wisconsin politics? I hope not!

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