Save Scott Walker, save America

If Scott Walker loses, Americans have implicitly decided that we should adopt a Western European socialist style of parliamentary democracy. Under our system, recall elections are intended for public officials who violate their public oath. They are not intended to change legitimate policy decisions of elected officials.

Policy changes occur once every two or four years with the normal election cycle. In Europe, governments fall based on the short-term vicissitudes and success of their policies. If a prime minister loses support for his policies, a new election is called outside of the normal election cycle.

The merits of the American system are that policies are given time to work before voters judge their outcome at the polls. In the European system, voters may prematurely judge the impact of legitimate policies.

Scott Walker's victory would signal the beginning of the end for the stranglehold that public service unions have over state and local governments. There is an inherent conflict of interest between civil service unions that financially support local politicians and at the same time must be managed by these politicians.

Imagine if you had a say on whether your boss had his job. What do you think would happen to your compensation, if your boss didn't own the business?

Politicians for generations have been afraid to negotiate competitive contracts with the civil service unions, knowing that they would lose political support. To camouflage the irresponsible compensation packages given to unions, politicians have pushed budget and healthcare costs of present civil service employees to future taxpayers. They have also made it quite difficult to fire incompetent public service employees.

As a result, state and local governments develop huge deficits because they employ more civil servants than they need and still have to deal with unpaid pension and healthcare costs. These deficits must be financed with government loans and higher taxes.

Scott Walker must not be recalled, to save the integrity of political management of civil service employees.

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