Obama and Walker: not that different, in some respects

My two bits on what Scott Walker and the Republicans did in Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 9:

When Obama became president in 2009, he was given the “gift” of a completely Democrat-controlled House and Senate.  Obama could do whatever he wanted; there was no way to stop him.  So, he did.  Among other things, they passed legislation to completely overhaul the health-care system.

Voters in 2010 apparently didn’t like what the Democrats had done.  Control of the House passed to Republicans, and many of the 1/3 of seats open in the Senate also passed into Republican hands.

That’s our our republic works.  The United States isn’t technically a democracy; we’re a republic.  We elect people to act on our behalf.  If we don’t like what we do, we “throw the bums out.”

Wisconsinites voted in a completely Republican governing system last election: Republican governor, Republican-controlled House and Senate.  Since the Republicans had total control, they could (like Obama and the Democrats on the national level!) do whatever they wanted.  They choose to exercise that power to take power away from the teacher’s union in hopes of being able to free up more money for school districts to use as the districts felt best.

If people don’t like what was done, voters will “throw the bums out.”  If these changes turn out to be good and people approve of them, they’ll re-elect them again.

That’s how our Republic works.  The party in charge gets to call the shots.  Frankly, that’s how it should be.  If both political parties are sharing power, it usually happens that nothing gets done.  When one party has total control, they can then carry out their campaign promises, and if people don’t like what was done, they’ll vote them out.  If people do like it, they can vote them back in.

Obama and the Democrats were in charge for two years in the U.S.A. — they got to do things exactly how they wanted.

Walker and the Republicans are currently in charge in Wisconsin — they get to do things exactly how they want.

That’s how elections work.

Although there is one difference: When Democrats passed sweeping legislation on the national level, Republicans disagreed, passionately disagreed at times, but they did not shut down the government by running away.  Those who disagreed did not wreak havoc on the statehouses in Washington D.C.  There was no publicity about Republican protestors being arrested.

Wisconsin?  A different story.

I’m just saying.


Here’s an interesting non-partisan article from the Wall Street Journal comparing the current governments in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  While Wisconsin is under complete Republican control, Minnesota is under complete Democratic control.  Minnesota is facing the same kind of budget issues that Wisconsin is, but is choosing a very different way to solve their problems.  Time will tell which solution is best…