Are you talking about police and fire unions? You would have a hella hard time to make me believe that exempting them was political payback. Out of the 300 some police and FF unions in WI only 4 endorsed Walker. The 4 that endorsed Walker were not even the biggest in the state. I believe the reason they were exempted was due to police and FF being very sympathetic characters. Basically, he thought that if they were included, the backlash and rejection of his plan would be a lot larger. It's likely that is true - but we'll never know for certain.if you are really broke, and looking to make cuts, why was he giving tax breaks to those who supported him? i maintain that this was nothing but union busting...by the way, i am enjoying the conversation with you buck. we may not agree, but i like the civility.
And, as you know, we are simply going to have a disagreement over wether tax cuts to buseinss end up paying for themselves or not. I am not too interested in getting involved in that again. However, as someone that lives in IL, right over the border from WI, I can tell you I do know of one business that has alrady left for WI (due to Quinn's tax increases) and another business that has plans on moving. This is outside of some of the stories I have read of in the local papers. I realize this is anectdotal, so make of it what you will. However, I have personally seen evidence of the tax cuts having the affect intended.
.....tell the Tea Party it wasnt about Taxes.....
But if you insist it was soley about the economy.....
Unemployment Rate Since Obama became President
Unemployment Rate Since Democrats took over Congress
.....then there wont be a Democrat left in Washington after 2012.
The support from those unions was minimal. If I recall the numbers correctly, and I think I do, the largest of the 4 had 1100 members.
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