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Matt Welch on Why Democrats Need to Get Serious About Governing and Stop Whining About Scott Walker

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Wisconsin has been the front line of America's Democrat vs. Republican, blue vs. red rhetorical war for 16 months now, ever since newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker pushed through a budget repair bill that withdrew government from the union dues-collecting business for public employees and removed the collective bargaining power of most government unions, an act that triggered historic public protests. So on the morning after Walker survived a labor-led recall election by a higher margin than he originally won office in 2010, there were plenty on the left grumbling darkly about the Dark Lord rising over our once-free country. Editor in Chief Matt Welch reminds those despondent progressives that no amount of crying over evil Scott Walker will help governments fix their bleeding balance sheets.