Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wisconsin Recall Election for Two Democratic Senators Is Tuesday

From: American Grassroots Coalition

“Wisconsin Is Not Over

We had a great victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday! It was with your help that the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, but the fight is not over!

On Tuesday, there are two more recall elections in Wisconsin.

This time, two of the Democrats that fled the state and tried to stop the Democratic process, are being recalled. We need to make sure they are recalled! These cowardly politicians are part of the problem and they should be fired!

Since we are not on the ground in Wisconsin for these recalls, we are going to help in another way. American Grassroots Coalition is going to run radio ads reminding the people that these Democrats fled the state, refusing to do the business of the people.

We have very little time to get this done. Our radio ads are being produced right now and we are placing the ad buys today. We need to get on the air as soon as possible, but we can only do this with your help!

After their defeat earlier this week, the left is going to be working even harder and spending more money to stop these Democrats from being recalled. The stakes are even higher for them, so we must step up our game and make sure they are recalled!

Remember, we do not have any big donors or funders. We are funded by YOU! We can do this with your generous support.

What can you do to help this effort?

Please make the most generous contribution you can afford.

With your support, we can get these ads on the air.

Please contribute $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or even more...there is no LIMIT on the amount you can contribute.

Remember, there are millions and millions of dollars being pumped into the state by the left. Can you please help us counter their efforts?

Please stand with us and support our efforts to stand for fiscal responsibility by making a generous contribution HERE.

While George Soros and big labor money fund the left, individual supporters like you fund us!

Wisconsin needs our support and we need your support! We cannot do this without you.

Thanks for standing for liberty and fiscal responsibility.

If you prefer, you can mail a contribution via US mail:

American Grassroots Coalition
PO BOX 71324
Marietta, GA 30007”

Don’t tell anyone but according to the following story, the changes proposed by Governor Walker and passed by the Republican General Assembly over the childish antics of the Senate Democrats—fleeing the State to avoid voting on the proposal—and their supporters are—surprise, surprise—working. The news story with links to newspaper accounts:


Wisconsin’s Reforms Are Already Working
August 11, 2011 2:22 P.M.
By Christian Schneider

Earlier this week, the Chicago Bears’ all-pro defensive end Julius Peppers was asked whether his eight quarterback sacks last year were a disappointment. With a rejoinder worthy of Yogi Berra, Peppers answered, ‘I don’t like to put a number on stats.’

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s critics are also loath to put numbers on stats—numbers that show his public-sector collective-bargaining reforms are benefiting the state. Wisconsin is replete with examples of cities and school districts that are reforming their finances to finally balance their books—and doing it without significant cuts to services.

Recently, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted

that under Walker’s plan to require greater health-care and pension contributions from government employees, the City of Milwaukee actually comes out $11 million ahead—contravening Mayor Tom Barrett’s March prediction that Walker’s budget ‘just makes our structural deficit explode.’

Barrett, who lost to Walker in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election, refuses to give the governor any credit for helping him balance his city’s books, instead complaining that Walker’s plan to curb collective bargaining went too far.

Yet many governments are putting the collective-bargaining rollback to good use. In suburban Milwaukee, the Brown Deer school district is implementing a plan to allow performance pay for its best teachers. ‘No Wisconsin public-school district has ever had the opportunity in any of our lifetimes to even think about these things,’ said Brown Deer Public Schools finance director Emily Koczela in an interview with a local television station. ‘We’re looking at understanding what effective teaching is, how to measure it in the children’s point of view, and how to reward teachers that consistently turn in a performance that’s better than the norm,’ added Koczela.

In Appleton, the collective-bargaining reforms allowed the school district there to save $3 million

by bidding for health care on the open market. Previously, the district had been required to purchase health insurance from WEA Trust, which is affiliated with the state’s largest teachers’ union. When the Appleton School District put their health-insurance contract up for bid, WEA Trust magically lowered their rates, saying they would match any competitor’s price—a sign they had been fleecing local taxpayers for years.

Other governments are implementing similar reforms. In Manitowoc, County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer altered overtime procedures

for county employees, saving taxpayers $100,000. After dealing with a $400,000 deficit last year, the Kaukauna School District expects

to see a $1.5 million surplus once they implement performance pay and benefit reforms.

In February, if you had told a public-school teacher that Walker’s reforms were actually a job-retention program, they would have looked at you as if you’d just tried to stuff a live lobster down your pants. But all over the state, teacher jobs are being spared due to the increased benefit requirements in Walker’s plan. The Wauwatosa School District, facing a $6.5 million shortfall,

anticipated needing to cut 100 teacher jobs—yet they were able to spare those teachers through shared sacrifice. ‘When students come to school in the fall, they’re going to see the same things, have the same teachers, and they’re going to see new things as well,’ said Wauwatosa School District board member Phil Kroner upon passage of next year’s district budget.

Of course, Walker’s critics would rather not put a number on these statistics. During their recent failed attempt to take over control of the Wisconsin state senate through recall elections, Democrats and their union allies completely scrapped any mention of collective bargaining in their television ads. Mentioning the new union law would mean alerting voters to the plan’s successes. Instead, unions hoped voters would gobble up myriad scandalous ephemera. It didn’t work—Republicans won four seats, Democrats two, leaving the state senate in GOP hands.

In the end, statistics do matter. And in a year when Wisconsin is leading the nation in government innovation, it also makes sense that the state is home to the one statistic that should matter to Julius Peppers: Green Bay boasts one defending Super Bowl trophy. (I’m not a big Bears fan, but that was just mean!—my addition)

—Christian Schneider is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.”

The recall election for two Democratic Senators is Tuesday. If you are a registered voter in the two districts, VOTE!!! Your vote is important. Turnout at such elections is notoriously low. Your vote does make a difference! PRAY too!!!

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Last sentence of the Declaration of Independence)

It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!
It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!
It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!