The Wall Street Journal, as usual, is right. Today's recall election in Wisconsin is "a test of whether taxpayers can control the entitlement state."
Wisconsin was in substantial debt until Governor Scott Walker announced he was voiding collective bargaining agreements that gave almost unlimited benefits to public sector workers and retirees. The state just didn't have the money.
You'll recall last winter's noxious demonstrations by union members inside and outside Wisconsin. They and the liberal elites knew that in order to maintain political power they had to keep the money flowing from the people who have been paying for all this.
Yesterday's Journal editorial began: "A single election rarely determines a democracy's fate, but some matter more than others."
Today's election in Wisconsin matters ... a lot. If the forces of sanity and fiscal responsibility win, it could send a signal especially to Republicans everywhere that backbone and resolve can win. Are you Republicans paying attention? And will you learn?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: June 5, 2012