If there were ever a time not to have a recall election on Governor Scott Walker, it is now.
Having taken office only a little over 10 months ago, it has taken a good deal of time to plan, reorganize, staff and control Wisconsin’s economy. And since the new budget was just signed on June 1, there have only been a little over five months to show some results.
At this very time, there is documented evidence that Walker’s economic plans are working. Just look at these statistics, as for example:
• 25,000 new jobs in Wisconsin since Jan.1, 2011, with 11,500 of them in manufacturing.
• No tax increases.
• With eight previous state budget deficits in the billions, Walker’s 2011-13 budget erases structural deficits, and includes a $360 million surplus.
• Walker’s budget also pays back the money raided by Doyle (e.g. pays $275 million back to the raided Transportation Fund; pays $60 million back to Minnesota in past due tax reciprocity; and pays back $23 million in repayment of Doyle’s raided Patients Compensation Fund). And, there are several more examples of this.
• Wisconsin’s middle class will enjoy a property tax freeze thanks to Walker’s budget.
• Walker’s budget solves a $306 billion deficit without increasing taxes.
There is a ton more that Walker has achieved thus far, and this is only a small sample.
So, can you now see that this is totally the wrong time to recall Walker? A recall really should be for a misdemeanor or worse, and not for reasons of personal grudge, selfish motives and the like. But this is what it really is. Here, in the midst of his successful efforts (the opposite of any misdemeanor), those who are sour grapes over his election, and his changes that are proving to be the very rescue of Wisconsin’s bankruptcy, are determined to recall him from office. What a gross paradox. If these people get the 540,000 required signatures necessary for a recall election within the allotted time, please be sure to vote for Walker.