Video reminder: 3 years ago Scott Walker ripped out Big Labor’s beating heart
Scott the Dragon Slayer
Time has really flown by, hasn’t it? Would you believe the famous recall election that Scott Walker won in Wisconsin was three years ago?
As you may recall, it was a big night at Legal Insurrection with fireworks and music on the site. Our Wisconsin Recall Tag has the history.
Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker tweeted out this reminder yesterday:
Can't believe it's been 3 years since @ScottWalker made history by winning the recall election! VIDEO: http://t.co/ruqOWAq403
— Tonette Walker (@TonetteWalker) July 7, 2015
Here’s a great video from the Walker team to commemorate the event:
Speaking of Mrs. Walker, it sounds like she’s ready for her husband to run for president.
Mary Jordan of the Washington Post reports:
Scott Walker’s wife, toughened by life, is ready for fires of a campaign
Tonette Tarantino’s year of sorrow came when she was only 30. First she lost the grandmother who helped raise her, like a second mother. Weeks later her brother, her only sibling, died of bone cancer. Then her husband died of kidney failure.
Now, as Tonette Walker, the wife of Wisconsin governor and GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker, looks back, she says those brutal 12 months in the mid-1980s prepared her for her life ahead — and most especially for the rough ride of politics.
“My mom was tough. She didn’t give you a break,” Tonette Walker said in an interview at the Camp Bar, a neighborhood hangout here. “Days after my first husband died, my mom said, ‘Get up, get moving, you are not going to wallow in this. You’re going to be great, you are going to be fine. Life is going to go on.’ ”
Tonette, who at 59 is a dozen years older than her husband and comes from a pro-union Democratic family, is part of a 2016 class of political spouses who are more visible and unusual than ever.
As a parting shot, enjoy this video:
A good time was had by all (except Democrats):
Featured image via YouTube.
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Something to remember as the Federal government seems to grow increasingly divorced from the people, and out of control…
we own the states, by-in-large. The closer the government to the people, the more it reflects Conservative values.
This has me concerned:
The headline is fun, but it is probably good to remember that Big Labor lost this battle because of their own transgressions. The labor leadership spent union dues on political campaigns supporting measures that the membership did not support.
Private labor unions serve a useful purpose, where a company is mismanaged. I worked at two chemical plants in Texas (a right-to-work state) that had labor unions, and the people that worked there, both union and non-union would say, “Well, XXXX has a union, but they deserve it.” At the second plant, I was well-acquainted with the workers, and found out that the union stewards were the most respected and productive workers.
Public sector unions have special dangers, because they already are tied to the government, and may exert a disproportionate influence over the government. This is the case in Wisconsin and California: the public sector unions were paying a substantial part of the costs of the local elections. As the unions became more politically involved, the leaders of the unions succumbed to the temptation to follow their personal political leanings instead of either consulting with the membership, or staying out of certain issues entirely.
So long as we continue to have local elections with secret ballots, there is an ultimate check on union malfeasance, but it may require decades of proof, before the voters turn on them.