It’s a little ironic that conservative Scott Walker was elected governor in the birth state of the trade union. Walker made bold conservative reforms even in the face of a vocal liberal opposition both statewide and nationwide. His plan was to turn around the $3.6 billion deficit he inherited in the state’s annual budget.

He did away with some collective bargaining rights of some of the strongest unions in Wisconsin. He cut taxes and made many reforms. Reforms that the people supported because Scott Walker is the only Governor to survive a recall effort aimed at him and other legislators who supported his agenda to fix the economy of Wisconsin.

This will obviously frustrate those who believe in the tax and spend approach to a strong economy, but here’s the good news: Walker announced a tax SURPLUS. What do you do with a tax surplus? You give it back to the owners of that money (the taxpayers), of course. Walker just announced that he has proposed over $800 million in tax cuts for the state. When is the last time you got a tax cut?

Are you paying attention, federal government!

The Walker reforms did not happen overnight. In fact they are over 10 years in the making, reforming a state that was almost as bad as Illinois, New York and California. Looks like a page from the Texas turnaround’s playbook if you ask me.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.