As I feared, the initial reaction to the specific issue of restricting collective bargaining for public employees is not favorable, according to Gallup, with 61% opposed. This, despite an earlier Rasmussen poll that shows support for Governor Walker’s overall approach. HotAir points out that Gallup has not released the details of this poll, so it is hard to analyze the data. However, other data from the poll also seems discouraging:
Image courtesy USA Today.
This data actually causes me to question the veracity of the polling data. If one believes the results, then voters are saying that they don’t support any method of reducing deficits. My intuition is that the voters are in fact, more engaged. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a poll of the general population, not of likely voters. Agree with HotAir that the best course would be to press ahead, as the Governor was elected on campaign promises to tackle the deficit and his previous record as County Executive in Milwaukee made his approach no surprise to voters.
Meanwhile, the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition based here in San Diego, will be holding a presser to express support for the Wisconsin Republican party approach to its deficits. To be fair, San Diego Tax Fighters is the lead group for this event. Details:
SUPPORT WISCONSIN BUDGET REFORM
11:00 am – Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
Kearney Mesa Park
Corner of Mesa College Dr. & Armstrong St.; 3170 Armstrong St, San Diego, CA 92111-5703
The coalition includes longtime sdrostra.com blogger and very longtime San Diego tax activist Richard Rider, lead spokesman for the event.
I think I capture the sentiment of the local Tea Party that we should oppose any attempts by Governor Jerry Brown to extend current tax increases or add new ones until he tackles pensions of the state employees. His failure to put the pension issue on the table is a recipe for disaster and prevents sustainable budget reform. This is why Scott Walker’s approach has much to be emulated, pushing unions to contribute more towards their own pensions and health care while taxpayers are suffering is only fair. Funny how the left only talks about fairness when it benefits the unions and recipients of government largess.
Cross posted to The Liberator Today.
One of the benefits of a republican/representative form of government is that citizens elect representatives to help make those hard choices for them. Voters simply don’t have the time or the incentives to research and understand every available option; that’s where elected officials need to do their duty and show some leadership. Otherwise, you end up in a system where new coalitions/majorities form supporting increases in services and opposing tax increases every time they vote separately on such questions (i.e. you get California).
FWIW, the same problem applies to the federal government, except on an even larger scale. http://bit.ly/aFL4h1