News Flash: the BLS numbers are incorrect; Walker has since last year and so far this year created nearly 39k jobs in WI. He obtained this by polling tens of thousands of local businesses. Those local businesses also stated they now intend to add jobs this year. Also, there’s one item that is a black eye that’s being covered up by concealer: The plans to open and iron mine in Northern Wisconsin was shut down by … you guessed it: Liberals for environmental reasons. Here’s another interesting statistic for you: Property tax rates across the state went down for the first time in over a decade, and we have a budget SURPLUS now. Given our current economic condition, I’d say that’s no small feat. This recall election was about was power, pure and simple. The unions were losing their mandatory dues, thus eliminating their ability to (through coersion) elect their own boss so they could get sweetheart deals. It was a straight-up conflict of interests. Union bosses would go to the state, say “We want xyz for our union members.” Liberal state rep would say, “Sure, sounds good to me.” Liberal state rep would then get re-elected, with the endorsement of the unions. A shocker, I know! If said liberal state rep would say, “no, I don’t want to give you that,” said liberal state rep would soon be replaced by another liberal state rep that would say, “Sure, sounds good to me.”You want proof of this, look at Walker vs. our last governor. From 2001 to 2010, teachers salaries went from $40,594 (with another $14,828 in fringe benefits) to $49,093 (with another $25,750 in fringe benefits). If you annualize this out in 2001, they made just north of 54k per teacher in just wages. The Wisconsin income for the average per person was 29k, a 25k difference. In 2010, teachers made roughly 65k again, in just wages, when figured out over the entire year. The average income in 2010 for joe blow was 38k, or a 27k difference. And that’s not including the 25k in fringe benefits, which I’m certain is much more significant than what the private sector gets, even unionized private sector. And this isn’t even counting the guaranteed pension they have after 25 years of service to the cause. The rest of us wage slaves have to cough up money out of our pockets to invest in defined contribution plans, because private enterprise has realized that defined benefit plans are a bankrupt concept.So… if you look at the actual numbers (provided by the census bureau and other government-provided sites), teachers have been getting a steady leg-up on the private sector thanks to their union influence on the government. People gripe and complain about how private enterprise (like the Koch brothers) are so corrupt and people insist they are buying elections, but the proof is actually showing that unions are the ones — not private enterprise — have bought elections. This was another attempt at buying an election, and they failed. Wisconsin taxpayers (and yes, I’m one of them) are sick and tired of being treated like a cash cow to prop up the unions and allow public-sector workers experience benefits and pay that far outstrip those who are paying for those benefits.