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Successful Reform in Wisconsin: Sullen, Angry Unions! by The Elephant's Child has produced an exclusive video report titled “Anarchy 101: How Wisconsin’s Left Embraces Chaos” disclosing who and what were behind the massive demonstrations, the occupation of the Capitol in Madison, and extreme tactics employed to stop Walker’s reforms from being enacted.

Remember the riots and the drums, the signs and the screaming mobs in the Capitol building? Lawmakers  fled to Illinois to avoid voting on Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law last year. The unions were enraged that government workers and union members were to pay 5.8% of their paychecks toward pensions and 12.6% of their health insurance premiums— a pittance compared to the average in private business.

Since Governor Walker’s reforms went into effect, the doom and gloom scenarios failed to materialize. Property taxes in the state were down 0.4% in 2011, the first decline since 1998. Wisconsin moved up four more places in an annual CEO survey of the best states to do business, after jumping 17 spots last year. The Governor’s office estimated that altogether the reforms have saved state taxpayers more than $1 billion, including $65 million in changes in health-care plans, and some $543 million in local savings documented by the media.

The school board president says the district saved $4 million as a result of last year’s reforms, including $2 million from pension reforms. Schools across the state saved an average of $220 per student because of the ability to introduce competitive building for health insurance. Unexpectedly, only 12% of Wisconsin voters say “restoring collective bargaining rights” is their priority.

The May 8 Democratic recall primary will determine who will run against Mr. Walker in the recall election on June 5. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the front runner, is focusing his campaign on jobs, education, the environment and safer communities. No mention of collective bargaining.  Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is heavily supported by unions, but her she has made only passing reference to collective bargaining.

The union reaction was so ferocious because the reforms reduced the clout of Big Labor over state and local taxpayers and the lost ability to milk taxpayers year after year, unchallenged.

Democrats and unions liked to claim that Gov. Walker’s recall campaign was funded by a few wealthy donors.  The head of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin claimed that Mr. Walker’s “shady, under-handed and even downright criminal dirty tricks to deny democracy” are funded by “extremist groups.” The language doesn’t vary much across the country, does it?

“Unexpectedly” according to receipts filed by the campaign, the governor received contributions from more than 89,000 donors, and 87% of those individuals gave $100 or less.  22.000 of the donations were from Wisconsinites., but people all over the country sent in contributions. You can join them at  Political courage is all too rare, and should be honored.  Governor Scott Walker is a courageous man.

SHOCK: Rule of Law Revived in Chicago! (Dems scramble to snuff it out) by American Elephant

It’s ALIVE! …or is it?

The rule of law at least momentarily wheezed back to life in the most politically corrupt city in the country, opened it’s eyes and saw the light of day. Now Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Democrat machine and very possibly the White House are scrambling to snuff it out.

Yesterday, an Illinois appellate court recognized in it’s decision what the whole world already knows, that Rahm Emanuel, as Obama’s Chief of Staff, has lived continuously in Washington DC for the past two years, not Chicago, and as such does not meet the clear-cut residency requirement to run for Mayor of Chicago. In doing so, they tossed out the decision by the blatantly corrupt  Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, that despite living and working in DC, despite moving his family to DC with him, despite renting out his former home to new tenants, that the foul-mouthed, sleazy little weasel is still a resident in his heart, or something. The court reversed a lower Chicago court, and ordered that Rahm’s name not be allowed on the ballot.

Chicago election law requires that a mayoral candidate must “reside in” Chicago for the full year before the election — not own rental property, not intend to move back someday — reside in. But the clear cut letter of the law is never clear cut when it stands between a Democrat and what they want.

Rahm immediately appealed to the State Supreme Court, and said with an actual ominous cackle, “I have no doubt at the end we’ll prevail in this effort.” Conveniently, Obama’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett chimed in and let it be known that Obama also thinks Rahm should be on the ballot.

Jarrett made the comments at the end of an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with co-host George Stephanopoulos, who asked her what Obama thought of the appellate decision.

“Well, you know, we haven’t talked to Rahm, but I’ll tell you one thing we know is that he’s going to vigorously appeal. Rahm is a fighter, and I’m sure — as you know, he will be appealing to the Supreme Court, and I’m sure he will vigorously make that case.”

Stephanopoulos pressed her asking, “Does he believe then — so is it fair assume then that the president did believe that Rahm is eligible and the appeals court is wrong?”

Replied Jarrett, “Well, I think that he believes that he’s eligible, and I believe that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts. And as he said then, he thinks Rahm would make a terrific mayor.” [emphasis mine]

Translation? They’ve talked to Rahm.

Call me a cynic, but when someone offers defensive language that has nothing to do with the question you asked them, you know they’re lying. Snuffleupagus didn’t ask if they had talked to Rahm, he asked what Obama thought of the decision.

This mayoral race is important to the White House. Obama is moving his re-election campaign to that most notoriously corrupt city, Obama’s top political adviser, David Axlerod, has already moved into position to run that campaign from Chicago, and Obama want’s his guy in charge of the city, and the political machine, so they can more effectively, illegally coordinate their efforts with each other, with the unions who contributed unprecedented sums to Obama and to whom Obama funneled untold millions, if not billions, in taxpayer “stimulus” money — not to mention the reorganized groups formerly known as ACORN.

If the Illinois Supreme Court finds in favor of Rahm, in clear contradiction of the law,  look for some of those justices to quietly get “coincidental” nominations to the Federal bench in some months when no one is paying attention.

It’s the Chicago way. It’s the Obama way.

(h/t Michelle Malkin)

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