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Recall began as a progressive idea around the turn of the 20th century, when the villains were lawmakers in the pockets of the “robber barons” who controlled large banks, railroads and oil. Today’s robber baron is the massive government-union axis that sucks money from the private sector and always - always - wants more. As citizens assert themselves to stop runaway government, liberal politicians may face the brunt of future recalls.

The idea of recall scares some people, mostly the governing class, who prefer the orderly political process that has brought us to the brink of bankruptcy.

But as the people of the Badger State just showed, accountability can be a beautiful thing.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.