Wisconsin governor will feel at home during Oklahoma City

BY TINA KORBE Published: April 8, 2012
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What sticks with me most from that night when the governor greeted us at the door of his residence wearing jeans and a weary smile is how committed he was to serving the entire state of Wisconsin, not just some special interest group.

“I've said all along the protesters have every right to be there, but I'm not going to let tens of thousands overload or overshadow the millions of people in Wisconsin, the taxpayers of the state, who want us to do the right thing and balance the budget,” Walker told us.

Walker clearly did “the right thing.” His changes — which also included tax incentives for job creators, regulatory relief, tort reform and new options for health savings accounts — dramatically improved the job climate in Wisconsin. The state is adding jobs at a pace to exceed Walker's goal of 250,000 new jobs in four years.

By all means, the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation and other Oklahoma labor groups should feel free to protest Walker's successful reforms. But they should be warned: In every clash with protesters, the steadfast and principled Walker comes out looking like a class act.

Korbe is an associate editor at the conservative news and commentary website, HotAir.com. She was formerly a staff writer in the Center for Media and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation.