Wisconsin retention of Scott Walker is tipping point
I went to Wisconsin to stand with Gov. Scott Walker in the most important nonpresidential election of this century. Courage was on the ballot and taxpayers everywhere won, while the defenders of big government lost. As Oklahoma's elected labor commissioner, it's not only my prerogative but my duty to support good public policy and elected officials who advocate it. Today, all politics is national.
For those of us who believe government has grown too large and our freedoms have become too feeble, Wisconsin was the place to be. I was welcomed by Walker to encourage campaign volunteers in nine victory centers over two days. Govs. Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty also traveled to the Badger State to support Walker. I traveled at my own expense.
Walker's reforms, which cured a $3.6 billion deficit without layoffs or tax increases, so outraged public employee unions that his recall quickly became the raison d'etre of the Left. Voters in Wisconsin stiffened the backbone of politicians everywhere.
Also, on June 5, over 70 percent of San Jose, Calif., voters supported their Democratic mayor in reducing generous pensions of unionized public employees. The tipping point has been reached. The tide has turned.
Mark Costello, Edmond
Costello, a Republican, was elected labor commissioner in 2010.
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