Governor Scott Walker was elected in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party momentum. His promises to balance the budget without raising taxes and to create a business friendly environment were well-received by the Wisconsin electorate as he handily beat his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Unlike most politicians, Governor Walker hit the ground running as he entered office in January 2011. Much to the dismay of Wisconsin’s liberal fringe, he immediately tackled Wisconsin’s $3.6 billon budget shortfall. As he promised to the voters of Wisconsin, Walker balanced the budget without raising taxes or massive layoffs. By limiting healthcare monopolies imposed by labor union tyranny, state entities were able to engage the free market to find competitive prices for health insurance. The astronomical costs tied to the sweetheart agreements between union bosses and insurers disappeared, and these state entities were able to save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
More importantly, Walker gave small businesses the flexibility and confidence to add jobs and help grow the economy. He has already added well over 20,000 new jobs. However, these pro-growth conservative reforms were not passed without objection.
Sensing that their long-standing power was being threatened, labor unions from around the state and the country descended on Madison with millions of dollars to help organize and attack Gov. Walker and the conservative legislators helping to pass the critical legislation. Democratic State Senators fled Wisconsin in an attempt to impede the legislative process. History will not remember these months as fruitful and substantive policy debates, but as the union-organized protests that compared Gov. Walker to Hitler, Stalin, and other violent dictators. The union bosses did not engage in factual debate, but instead smeared the good intentions of every opponent.
Though Gov. Walker was successful in passing his budget legislation, it served as a catalyst to a nationally organized recall effort to remove conservative State representatives from office. In the summer of 2011, six Republican State Senators were recalled in an attempt to take back the majority. State Tea Party Express, after calls from Tea Party activists across the nation, entered the battle by hosting a statewide bus tour with nine rallies. Our efforts were successful, but it did not come easy. At many rallies we faced intimidation and heckles from hundreds of union protestors. The business owners who hosted our rallies were bullied; some even were forced to withdraw their invitation to host the rallies after threats from the unions.
Now, months later, Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Sen. Terry Moulton, Sen. Pam Galloway, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, Sen. Van Wanggaard, all face the same recall battle. These recalls are waged even though these legislators did what most politicians fail at doing: staying true to their word and doing what is in the best interest of their constituents. Their strength has become their curse as labor union power is derived from the complacency of weak politicians willing to sacrifice the well-being of their constituency for the benefit of a select few.
Wisconsin has become ground zero in the fight against labor union tyranny. 2012 is a decisive year for our nation’s future, and the momentum from these recalls in Wisconsin will be carried into Election Day in November. This is our chance to stand side-by-side with true conservative leaders and push back against the liberal agenda that threatens the America we know and love.
October 12th marks the launch of a new media and grassroots campaign aimed at confronting President Obama’s “Jobs Plan.” With unemployment remaining at record levels, we can no longer rely on the past policies of out-of-control spending and taxation that continue to fail. We must look to leaders the have faced similar economic turmoil, but were able to obtain positive results.
The best example is Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Gov. Walker has led a manufacturing driven jobs recovery with the sector growing at a rate more than double the national average.
These successes are not limited to Wisconsin, however. It is no coincidence that conservative governors lead the top 5 states with highest overall job growth and the top 5 states with highest manufacturing-sector growth (Aug ‘10- Aug ‘11). They have proven that jobs can return to America with the right policies and the right leader!
In March of 2011, State Tea Party Express launched a television campaign that focused on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Race between Justice David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg. Justice David Prosser was coming under an onslaught of attacks from national labor unions trying to force through an activist attorney and Union sympathizer.
In order to combat the slanted information coming from these organizations, State Tea Party Express’ ad presented the deep contrast of qualification between each candidate.
Judge David Prosser held onto his seat after a escaping a narrow victory, proving that the State Tea Party Express’ involvement during this race was pivotal. Conservatives in every state in the union have come to rely on the information provided by State Tea Party Express.
“This TV ad is just one element in a large campaign to educate and mobilize Wisconsin voters. Justice Prosser is a principled and trustworthy judge with over ten years of experience and hundreds of high-profile endorsements. Those on the radical left are pouring money into this race in an attempt to hijack the election and install an environmental activist judge who would do their bidding from the bench. We are determined to help keep the courts grounded in the Constitution, rather than pandering to special interests.”