Last year, the people of Wisconsin elected a Republican Governor and a Republican legislature to fix the state's grave economic problems: major debt, high unemployment, way too much spending. Governor Scott Walker and the GOP legislature then proceeded to do what they promised: they began to bring the state's fiscal situation under control by eliminating some collective bargaining privileges for the government unions, and reducing taxes and some of the state's regulatory burdens.
Of course, all Hades broke out. The Left mobilized to protect their government patrons in the Democrat party and the unions who have been benefiting from the government gravy train. They trashed the state Capitol, hoisted signs calling Walker "Hitler," and imported professional left-wing ambulance chaser Jesse Jackson to scream about the unfairness of it all.
The Left even moved to recall Walker and six GOP stae senators. The Walker recall cannot happen under state law until November at the earliest, and recent polls show a lack of support for recalling the Governor. The 6 GOP recalls happened last week, and 4 of the 6 Republican state senators survived their races. Two Democrat state senators---who joined the rest of their caucus in fleeing the state rather than take the tough budget vote---faced recall elections yesterday and survived.
So: although the Republicans kept their majorities in both chambers, they lost their comfortable margin. They are now down to a razor-thin one vote advantage in the state senate.
The Left will not rest until they defeat the people who are defeating them, their corrupt lock on government and the public unions, and their sick ideology. That's why this battle is not nearly over.
Walker and the GOP are producing real economic results in Wisconsin. Thanks to their reforms, Wisconsin created 9500 jobs in June, over half of those created in the ENTIRE nation that month. Businesses are coming back. The economic environment is improving.
But again: results do not matter to a Left that is watching its ideology wither in front of its eyes. It will fight with everything it has to survive. They have already claimed 2 GOP state senate seats in Wisconsin. They will not stop there.
This is why we fight. This is why we do not let our guard down or rest on our laurels. The other side most certainly is not. And neither must we.