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RECALL & PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

Updated on June 4, 2012

....as well as Obama's own mistake; if it is not too late to correct.

The Walker-Barrett fight in Tuesday's recall election could be close as the polls are giving the odds, with Walker having 50 to 48, a two percentage points in his favor in most cases.

However, what makes that contest interesting is the real politics behind it, as Walker being a governor engaged in destroying the power of the trade unions in his state, and Barrett and his backers resisting him.

The workers' unions have had an ongoing, running battle with the governor for months on end, resulting in quirky demonstrations and the occupation of the state house, sometimes for days; and law enforcement being called in to maintain order. The crowds were mainly state union members, who despised the policies of the governor; hence, an eventual recall procedure being directed against him.

With Walker being a Republican, his philosophy is shaped by capitalistic ideas, that even a state government must be run as a company, having a profit margin in mind. His aim is to reduce the collective bargaining deals that the unions have fought for in previous years, on pensions and health benefits, which burdened the state's budget and economy, year in and year out.

Barrett on the other hand is a Democrat, with unionized mentality, that workers must enjoy the fruits of their labor for the years that they have spent in working for the state; and therefore the entitlements for present workers must continue to remain "as is", and that the retirement benefits of union members must always be safe from any type of interference, governmental or otherwise.

To put it mildly, all the actions of a Republican governor have been geared to "union busting", and they have caused a rift between the state and workers, comprised mainly of Democrats. There is the certainty that Walker will be copied by governors in other "red" states to minimize the strength of the unions; while Barrett will stand for the solidarity of the unions, in order to keep what is theirs, by virtue of unionized acquisitions, and to be an example across the nation.

If that does not give a snapshot of the 2012 presidential election, nothing else will be appropriate; for.the backdrop of the Wisconsin recall election mirrors what is going on in the country today, that President Barack Obama stands with the workers, while his opponent, former Gov. Mitt Romney, represents the "state house" or the wealthy.

It is going to be like, "what monkey sees, monkey do" type of situation in which a Republican candidate, if he is to be president, will follow the doctrine of the party that maintains that union workers are the problem, when it comes to running a government.

In that respect, capitalists proposals will gain priority under a Romney administration; while the middle class and working people will have their needs practically neglected or relegated into the background.

Also, the scenario will be different, and that jobs will become available, if the huge profits that corporations have amassed are allowed to come into the country to boost the economy. Those amounts of money are siting offshore or outside somewhere waiting for a Republican administration to drop all those restrictive regulations sitting in the way of big business. Talk about trillions of dollars for investment in bank vaults all going to waste.

On the other hand, a Democratic administration is saying that regulations are required to lessen corporate greed, and most of all, taxes must be levied on profits to benefit the whole nation. Corporations are adamant to that kind of intrusion.

Besides, workers demands cut into profits of companies, and therefore union representation has to be non-mandatory; thus the-right-to-work policy that a Republican government will encourage will curtail the ability of trade unions to protect their members, and to cause fairness in the workplace to come about, in the form of equal salaries and wages for equal work, and also for better working conditions.

That brings us to the old differentiation between capitalism and labor, with big companies and banks reporting yearly yields of profits, which a Republican administration will support; while the middle class and working people are held back from pursuing more pay through the unions bargaining on their behalf.

Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats favored the latter; while the former will be the side, which 99% of Republicans will choose.

In spite of the odds, Barrett has to win, as any other outcome will have a bearing on the November 2012 presidential election, and may put the country back, in terms of business owners dictating onerous terms for workers.

If only Obama will have stuck to his guns, that same sex marriage is not for the United States, winning a reelection will have been a cinch. Yet, most people have no choice, but to wait and see the result of both the Wisconsin recall and that of the general election. Nevertheless, wherever the workers go, so will the country.

All that the people can hope for is a peaceful end to the polarized divisions of the two main parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party; and also for whatever administration to bring the high unemployment rate down and to get the economy moving again, full speed ahead. All Americans will share the benefit, when that happens.

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      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      What grounds do you see for Walker to be recalled?

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