Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, has proposed to cut government perks to help cover the $3.6 billion deficit. Government workers would still be paid more than their private sector counterparts, but the gap wouldn’t be as big. And in the future, government unions could only negotiate wages–not all of those extra gold-plated perks.
Walker has the votes to do it. Polls show 71% of Wisconsinites support his proposal. But Democrat lawmakers have fled the state, to deny Walker the quorum necessary to put his deal to a vote in the legislature.
And as Rush Limbaugh said yesterday — polls or no polls, positive or negative, it doesn’t matter:
Now, look, folks, at the end of the day we have the most important characteristic on our side, and that’s reality. Reality and truth. For instance, the case of Wisconsin. No matter what the Democrats say, no matter what the fraudulent polling data says, no matter how the media spins it, no matter how many fake polls they publish, Wisconsin is still in debt to the tune of $3.6 billion. Wisconsin still cannot afford to pay public sector union people twice what the taxpayers of the state are earning. The taxpayers of that state simply cannot afford to pay public sector unions what they are paying. It cannot sustain itself. That’s the reality. Now, they can spin it, they can spin it all they want, but eventually reality is going to catch up with them. It has caught up with them. That’s what we’re dealing with.