March 9, 2011
Those absent-without-eave Wisconsin legislative Democrats have asked to meet with Republican Gov. Scott Walker to see if a compromise can be worked out over what critics call the governor’s “anti-union bill.”
But they won’t come back to Wisconsin for the meeting. Oh, no. The want to meet on the Illinois side of the border. Gov. Walker should refuse. These Democrats are failing to live up to their oaths of office and they are also failing to abide by last November’s election results. Walker and the newly-elected Republican legislators ran on the platform they are now seeking to implement in order to cut expenses and reduce the state’s budget deficit. Democrats lost that debate, but they don’t care.
Is there a way voters can recall these Democrats? Can their pay be docked for every day they have missed? Walker should stand his ground and tell the Democratic legislators: no deal until they grow up, come back to Madison and do their jobs.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.