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Victory is coming

Staff
Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:10 PM

"…As long as we remember our first principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours."

I thought it fitting to open with a quotation from our 40th president. Ronald Reagan had a way with words and the above are very appropriate after the rout in Wisconsin. The compliant press is in deep depression after Gov. Scott Walker evaded a recall by a good margin.

The polls and pundits were forecasting a very close election with the edge going to Walker's opponent. How wonderful it is to see them proven wrong once again and by such a substantial vote.

As the polls closed and the reports started to come in one CNN talking head made the pronouncement that it was going to be a close election and that it would not be decided until late in the night.

Exit polls, he proclaimed, were showing that the race was a very tight one. Well, they better get a new set of exit pollsters or stop writing the results before they happen. There was a lot of "egg on the face" syndrome as Gov. Walker led from the beginning and, as they say in sports, went wire to wire in front to victory.  

The election was callable after a couple of hours when the numbers were about 60 percent for Walker to 40 percent for the challenger. They decreased somewhat but were never in jeopardy of reversing. The Governor did what he said he would do and the voters of Wisconsin gave him a vote of confidence.

The big issues were he reduced the deficit from $3 billion to a surplus of 150 million or thereabouts, without laying off any state workers, lowered property taxes and lowered the unemployment rate in the state by creating new jobs.

Now of course the left is crying about the money that was spent to support Gov. Walker but fail to mention the $21 million plus that poured into the state from outside unions. Then, of course, we have the chief Democrat who was in neighboring states raising money for himself but failed to go to Wisconsin to stump for Mayor Barrett; I guess he (BHO) figured why should he be tainted by the loss that was coming so he tweeted a few, very few, words for Mayor Barrett and went his merry way.

By the way this is the second year in a row that the commander-in-chief failed to take part in any ceremonies commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Invasion of Europe.

It was June 6, 1944, when the bravest of our troops hurled themselves on the beaches of Normandy to finish off the German War machine. June 6, 1944, is another day in American history that should be enshrined in every American's heart and no honor is too much for those brave soldiers who fought and died to give us the freedom we enjoy today but seldom seem to appreciate.    


Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.
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