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Who will they recall next?

 
Lasee's Notes

 January 19, 2012


Lasee's Notes is a way for me to communicate directly with you on key issues of our day and to
champion limited government, lower taxes and individual liberty. How we respond to these issues
today, will affect the direction of our state and nation tomorrow. As the legislative session continues, I
look f
orward to hearing from you about the issues of concern to you. Please feel free to contact me, Sen.
Lasee@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-3512. If you are planning to be in Madison, please visit, I look
forward to seeing you at the Capitol.


Who Will They Recall Next? 




  Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin and Miss America -  Don't
Recall Me, Please.

 

Last week someone said, "I wish I were from Wisconsin. You've got the Packers,
Governor Walker and Miss America."
Within a few days, the Packers lost to the
Giants and United Wisconsin submitted over a million signatures to the
Government Accountability Board to recall Governor Walker, including 845,000
signatures to recall Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch.

They also targeted State Senator Moulton of Chippewa Falls (21,000 signatures),
Senator Wanggaard of Racine (24,000 signatures), Senator Galloway of Wausau
(21,000 signatures) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (20,600
signatures).

The Government Accountability Board has 60 days to check the petitions, but with
that many signatures to check, the board will likely ask for extensions. As the
process continues, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some further lawsuits.

You may recall (the more appropriate use of the term) that the Board had earlier
said that it wouldn't remove signatures for Adolf Hitler, Mickey Mouse or any other
obviously fake signature. That kind of thing is a good example of why the
bureaucrats in Madison don't reflect the common sense thinking of most people
around the state. When cartoon characters begin to affect who serves as governor,
we have a problem.


A Waukesha judge agrees. On January 6th, Judge Mac Davis ordered the
accountability board to take “reasonable” efforts to eliminate problematic
signatures, saying in his ruling, “Counting the signature of Bugs Bunny is something
only
lawyers could try to make seem OK.”

What's all of this going to cost? The GAB estimated that this is going to cost the
taxpayers between $9 to $20 million dollars
, depending on whether there is going
to be two elections; a primary and general election or just a general election. No
matter what happens, the state taxpayers are going to be paying for this re-do
election.


One other thing to think about is who the Democrats will pick to run against these
candidates. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has announced she is
running. In recent months, State Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, has expressed a
strong interest but hasn't entered the race.

Regardless of who the Democrats pick, the real questions are: What is their plan?
How are they going to come up with the money? Raise taxes? How are they going
to
help the public union employees in the government sector who are so unhappy
and want to go back to the way it was. Where is the money going to come from?
Increase
fees? Accounting gimmicks? Excessive borrowing? Those were the
democrat’s way of kicking the can down the road. (We could probably call it the
Greece method or is it the big government socialist method?).

One of the reasons we had to do the things the Democrats are complaining about is
because things were out of control. For example in the Green Bay school district,
teachers can retire at age 55 with a pension that pays them 85 percent of their
highest pay for the rest of their lives, in addition to that great deal, they can work 6
weeks and get a full-year’s pay on top.
Another example comes from Kaukauna
where teachers are now teaching 6 out of 7 periods instead of the 5 periods their
union got for them. These are benefits that most people in the private sector just
don’t have. Yet all taxpayers are paying for these costly perks.

These over generous practices had to end so that the taxpayers receive a fair value
for their dollar. People who work for all of us shouldn’t have it better than the people
 in the private sector that government workers serve.

The recall Walker supporters don't see it that way. They're unhappy because they
feel slighted, and they want sympathy from the rest of us (and they want to keep their
sweet deal and their ability to get more in the future). They also want more of our tax
dollars; the money has to come from somewhere to pay for these employee benefits.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold with these recall efforts. The bottom line
is that they have gotten entirely out of hand. They are a waste of taxpayer dollars,
and I hope they don't become a standard fixture in our election cycles. The recall
was never designed to operate in that way. If we keep going at this rate, it won't
surprise me if someone tries to recall Miss America.
 

 

 

 

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