Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scott Walker Wins Embracing Conservative Principles

Democracy is safe with a media that's interested in which library books Palin checked out but not what Obama/Hillary did night of Benghazi...Tweet by John Nolte

  • While I'm not a Republican (I'm a conservative), I've been taking Republicans to task for abandoning conservative principles. Earlier this year, I asked if the Republican Party is a mirage. I followed that with calling the Republicans a party of spineless and feckless chumps. I believe I was right on both counts as evidenced by their behavior over the last two election cycles (exceptions being Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and a handful of others). Republicans have a knack in selling out their base.
  • And while there's been a debate going on in the Republican Party awaiting for that one, true conservative who is a bold reformer with guts, they have one in Scott Walker.
  • Scott Walker walked through hell successfully evading recall efforts by Wisconsin's major labor unions as well as vicious attacks from the Left,  progressives and their enablers in the media. 
  • Walker stood by Constitutional principles. He stood by espousing limited government. He stood by supporting the free enterprise system and economic liberty.
  • So what's been the outcome? The State of Wisconsin announced this week they will have a budget surplus of over $900M (when Walker took office, the state was facing a $3.6B deficit. He also inherited a mess in every sector of Wisconsin government). In addition, as a true conservative would do, Walker also announced he will be proposing $800 million in tax cuts. In fact, one of his very first initiatives was to pass corporate tax cuts. While Walker was vilified by Democrats that he was pandering to the wealthy, his corporate tax cuts helped businesses and the local economy. On the opposite end of the spectrum with states like NY which has some of the highest taxes in the nation, they've seen residents leave their states in droves. For example, according to the IRS, from 1992 to 2010, Florida experienced a net inflow of almost $100B in wealth. The largest chunk of that wealth came from...New York State (The new Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio, announced he wants to raise taxes on those making over $500K per year. States like Florida, Texas and a few others are awaiting new residents from NY with open arms. They will arrive by the thousands).
  • And what about all those unions who were concerned about the collective bargaining reforms Walker enacted? State and local governments have actually SAVED money and preserved most of the public sector jobs.
  • Perhaps Ronald Reagan said it best (as he usually did): "You can't be for big government, big taxes and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy." Scott Walker learned this lesson well. The question remains: Will Republicans?
Update: Walker won yet again last night---his third win in 4 years.