It wasn’t surprising that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won his recall election. Using Republican reforms, he balanced the budget (state requirement) without layoffs, cut or slowed spending, turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a surplus, reformed union benefits and pensions, reduced unemployment from 7.7 to 6.7 percent, and did not raise taxes or cut critical services.
Many Republican governors, like Indiana’s Mitch Daniels and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, are having similiar success with Republican reforms.
President Obama? After the almost $800 billion stimulus didn’t hold down unemployment, did he sit down with the Republicans and compromise on a new jobs bill using some of their reforms or did he just continue with more of the same?
Obama and the Democrats’ 2010 jobs plan was more of the same. Why didn’t it succeed? It was scuttled by Kent Conrad, Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, not the Republicans. There was no money to pay for the $80 billion plan.
From 2011-2012, Obama’s job plans were again non-starters. He absolutely refused to compromise on raising taxes and spending billions. Last week he said we needed to help government workers. What? Since January 2008, when the national employment peaked, private sector jobs are down significantly more than local, state and federal government jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Does Obama understand the employment picture?
Obama is stuck in his left-wing ideology and his ridiculous “fairness” argument. They aren’t working now and won’t work in the future.