Walker’s Democrat challenger vows to repeal and replace Act 10; Illinois is his model

Does Scott Walker have his first Democrat(ic) challenger?

One Andy Gronik? So much for name I.D., right? (That’s a minus -). He’s a business person (That’s a plus +) and brings personal wealth (another plus +), although has pledged not to self-fund (That’s a minus -). The man lives in Fox Point, the ultra-toney north Milwaukee suburb (another minus -). Didn’t sign the recall papers (a minus – in the Dem primary) but says he voted to recall (unprovable).

Gronik is running as a Bernie Sanders businessman — if that isn’t a whopping contradiction! Raise the minimum wage, free college, no more school choice, and abortion abortion abortion. Christmas under the tree for Democratic primary voters. In the November election: lead shoes and a strait-jacket overcoat in the deep part of Lake Michigan.

Dumpster Fire


Gronik’s cri de coeur, as he pledged to Associated Press, is to repeal and replace Act 10 by restoring collective bargaining to government workers.

If you’re a Democrat in Wisconsin, you have to say that. Although, come to think of it, Mary Burke never did. (What was that woman all about, anyway?) Then again, the poobahs of the party axed any 2014 primary challengers, like the national party attempted to do for Hillary.

“Repeal and Replace Act 10” is a winning message in the union halls (those that don’t have a For Sale sign out front). But in the general election? Didn’t we already have two referenda on that — the 2012 recall election and 2014?

(You want to nick and chip Walker for missing his goal of jobs created? That won’t work by election time next year because Wisconsin already is employing 230,288 more workers since January 2011. Compare that to the supposed Democratic valhalla of Minnesota, which “created” only 180,193 more jobs in the same time period.

(At 3.1% — the lowest since October 1999 — Wisconsin unemployment is functionally eliminated. Compare our 3.1% to 4.6% in Illinois and 3.7% in Minnesota.)

No, Scott Walker runs on Act 10. He rides it like a Texas roadhouse bronco. He compares Wisconsin to that Democrat(ic) burning dumpster of a state called Illinois.

The Illinois story

There is a reason The Capital Times and our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances speak not the name “Illinois.” The entrenched Democratic establishment personified by Speaker Michael Madigan (since 1983 with one two-year hiatus) over-rode Gov. Rauner’s veto to hike taxes without any meaningful structural reforms. From MacIver: Illinois will tax personal income at 4.95% — up from 3.75% and the corporate income tax rate will rise to 7% from 5.25%.

Despite a 32% income tax hike, the budget package is devoid of any structural spending reforms to slow growth in the cost of government: No property tax reform. (Wisconsin property taxes, as percentage of income, are lowest since end of WWII.)

No real pension reform in Illinois, status quo on Medicaid, and come-and-get it collective bargaining.

About those government-employee pensions, Illinois faces a $130 billion unfunded mandate — part of $251 billion in total unfunded liabilities — an amount four times its entire annual budget!

Illinois taxpayers already have to pay for state workers’ generous benefits, including the highest salaries in the nation, heavily subsidized health care, free retiree health care for most workers and overly generous pension benefits. — Illinois Policy Institute.

Add $15 billion in unpaid bills. Moody’s Investors Service has indicated that even with the budget deal, Illinois is likely to become the nation’s first junk-rated state.

You want Illinois? Vote Gronik! Hellz bellz, even the Brewers are beating the Cubs!


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26 Responses to Walker’s Democrat challenger vows to repeal and replace Act 10; Illinois is his model

  1. Balboa says:


    But But But.. David all those jobs created since 2011 are minimum wage jobs, political payback jobs. Wisconsin cannot be ahead of Minnesota in job creation that cannot be? We are the next Kansas remember. Cannot wait to hear from the usual how bad it really to be in Wisconsin right now under Republican rule. How those number are just a lie, how only if we had a living wage statewide that things would be so Utopian.

    Is there more to be done? yes, repeal and reform minimum markup law, fully repeal prevailing wage laws. It is time to push DOT for real reform to find real cost savings. It is time to get WI Roads in tip top shape to welcome more moving trucks from businesses and people from Illinois to Wisconsin.


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  3. Balboa says:

    Does anyone find it curious that Connecticut and Illinois are both going in junk bond status. The executive branch was run by former Senators from both states. Somehow our Debt grew by 9 trillion dollars. They definitely helped to transform our nation alright.

    It was well on it’s way after Bush doubled the previous debt by spending away.


  4. coolkevs says:

    Property taxes are my main issue – if we could only have a reform where it would penetrate in even Madison. The “property taxes as percentage of income” stat does not apply here.


  5. Dan B. says:


  6. madisonexpat says:



    • AnonyBob says:

      I’m not sure which Commandment he HASN’T broken. Redemption and forgiveness? (Not that Trump has ever sought it.) Easy for evangelicals to trade for a Supreme Court seat.


  7. AnonyBob says:

    I’d hold the man in complete disgust even if he’d lost the election. I just wouldn’t care as much if he was still abusing women and lying and cheating at business as a private citizen. I find it disappointing that people who still support him must share his ethics and morality. Low 30’s approval, yet 81% of GOP voters still support him? Sad!


  8. madisonexpat says:

    Surely President Trump couldn’t be as bad as the felon tax cheater, dog abusing, warring on women, 1%er who didn’t care if his employee’s wife died could he? Remember him? He lost to Mr. “when they go low we go high.”


    • AnonyBob says:

      Obtuse as always and making less sense than ever, whatever.
      Putin’s boy in the White House is a clear and present danger to this democracy.


  9. madisonexpat says:

    Go ahead ABob, resist all day every day. Russia! Russia! Russia!
    Meanwhile Team Trump fires the Deep State incompetents in the VA, rolls back the EPA over reach, line up more constitutionalists for the next two openings on the Supremes (knowing the nuclear option is available), enforce immigration law, see that NATO pays their own bills and to hell with the Paris Accords. Then grow the economy, let Wall St. know no one is too big to fail, watch the Blue States go bankrupt and the Red States grow their own economies, reduce taxes, allow growth and remind our friends in the Democratic Party they have no farm team, no message and no hope.
    Not tired of winning.


    • old baldy says:

      You must be ignoring MN and its great economy compared to WI. And let us all know how that EPA over reach works when you take a drink of water in Kewaunee or LaCrosse.


      • David Blaska says:

        Minnesota, the state with higher unemployment and fewer jobs created? That Minnesota?


      • Gary L. Krieweald says:

        Ah, Minnesota, that liberal nirvana–so near and yet so far.. Of course, one needs to overlook a few little glitches like a measles epidemic that started in the Somali ghetto (sorry, ‘”community”) of Minneapolis, where residents refused to vaccinate their children, and spread outward at an alarming pace. The same community that’s a known hotbed of ISIS recruitment. Gosh, if only Wisconsin were progressive enough to harbor its own nest of subversive refugees who have no trouble collecting their welfare checks yet refuse to make the slightest effort to integrate into the larger community called America. Yep, Wisconsin’s really missing out on a lot. (Thank you, Scott. Thank you, thank you, thank you.)


    • AnonyBob says:

      You need news sources besides Breitbart and Infowars.


      • David Blaska says:

        Would the New York Times, Washington Post, WI State Journal, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Tax Foundation, Politico, National Review, Weekly Standard, and my own reportage suffice?


      • AnonyBob says:

        Not you, Dave. I was referring to Expat’s delusional list of “winning.” You are annoyingly well informed. How you interpret it all is open to discussion and disagreement.


  10. madisonexpat says:


    I’ll give you MN but you must own Il. CA. NY, CT.
    Gee……. I guess that’s all of the Blue States anymore. And even MN very nearly went for President Trump.


  11. old baldy says:

    Thanks for proving walker and the anti-tax folks wrong. If a tax hell like WI (11)can’t keep up with the economies in MN (8) and CA (5) what are we doing wrong??


    • David Blaska says:

      Thanks for acknowledging that Wisconsin taxes are still too high, despite Walker taking us down from 5th highest to 11th. That’s still better than Minnesota and California. Minnesota also has higher unemployment and has created fewer jobs. Plus, they’ve got the Vikings and we’ve got the Packers.


      • old baldy says:

        Source: US Congress Joint Economic Committee
        Job creation since 1-1-17: WI 17,400, MN 21,000 (all sectors)
        Unemployment rate: WI 3.1%, MN 3.7%
        Wage growth since 1-1-17: WI 0.2%, MN 2.8%
        Median income: WI $55,400, MN $68,700
        Women’s pay as a % of men’s : WI 78%, MN 81%

        But but but, trickle down works, it does cuz Ronnie Raygun says it does.

        Key take-aways: Both states are essentially fully employed; MN is creating more new jobs; MN pays more and is pulling away; women have a little better advantage in MN wage wise.

        So unless you provide some citation from a credible source your claim, other than the Viqueens, is in error..


  12. madisonexpat says:

    AND the Vikes have an old bald cheer leader. Packer fans poke their own eyes out to avoid seeing him.


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