Left resorts to intimidation, offensive remarks in Wisconsin budget fight

February 19, 2015

by Nick Novak

Originally published by The Washington Times.

It never ceases to amaze me how much the left is willing to act like children when they don’t get their way in Wisconsin. When Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin Republican, introduced much-needed, common sense collective bargaining reforms in 2011, tens of thousands of protesters stormed the state capitol.

They screamed, yelled and insufferably blew their vuvuzelas for weeks because Mr. Walker’s Act 10 would require government workers to contribute just a little bit more to their health care and pension benefits. Before Act 10, public employees contributed nearly nothing.

Their anger ballooned into a recall election, where the leftist protesters continued to scream and yell like toddlers who wanted more candy after already eating all of it from the candy jar. After months of their tantrum, Mr. Walker won the election in June 2012. He was then re-elected – for the third time in four years – this past November.

Facing a tight budget and vowing not to raise taxes, Mr. Walker’s newly proposed budget includes cuts across the board. The one that has received the most attention is a 2.5 percent cut to the University of Wisconsin System in exchange for making the system its own public authority, separate from the state.

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