We will have to see how that one plays out. Meanwhile, Recall drives are currently taking place against 16 state Senators, in what appears to be the largest recall frenzy, on a state level, in American history. Both, Democratic and Republican activists, are taking part in the efforts. 8 of the targets are Republicans, and 8 are Democrats. The Republican Senators are those who support Walker, the the Democrats being targeted are among those who walked out. So, in a sense, you can say that the recall petition drives are a bi-partisan effort being carried out by partisans...... huh?Obey, considered to be Wisconsin's liberal lion, may be too eager. The Republican governor has been in office for only eight weeks and state law requires that elected officials be in office for at least a year before being eligible for a recall.
Obey claims that despite the law, Walker should be recalled because his attempt to dismantle union protections for state workers is "abusive."
The bar for conducting a recall in Wisconsin is high. The petitioners have only 60 days to obtain 25% of the total number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial race in each particular district where a recall is being attempted. After only a couple of days, 25% of the required number have been collected against one Republican, and 20% against another Republican. No numbers have been posted yet for the other Republicans, or for the Democrats, but the Democratic party is claiming that they have already reached 15% of their total goal, and say that efforts against all 8 of the Republicans being challenged are going to be successful.
Which brings me to the moral of this story. If you are elected, do what the people put you into office to do. If you overstep your authority, it is at your own peril. Walker had a mandate for fiscal responsibility, which I totally agree with. However, with the help of the infamous Koch Brothers, he turned that into waging a war on the collective bargaining rights of state employees, something that Wisconsin's population is overwhelmingly against. His transparent lies that busting the unions in Wisconsin was really about addressing the debt didn't fly with Wisconsinites either, who saw through his deception. He is now going to pay the ultimate political price, which will be the death of his political career. He can't blame the voters for that. He can only blame himself, and his radical agenda.
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