Poor Scott Walker--the sun ain't gonna shine anymore

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Scott Walker (not the singer).
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Anyone that believes that merit and achievement in governing mean anything at all should stay away from Wisconsin.

The Badger state, cheesehead central, home to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Violent Femmes. Also home to perhaps the most dismal head of state in the US, Scott Walker.

(To any music fan, the image conjured up by "Scott Walker" is that of the legendarily reclusive, Jaques Brel-like vocalist. But I digress).

Having won the governor's seat in that state without having said anything about busting up public employee unions, that's what Mr. Walker aimed to do. And set off massive protests in Madison and escaped recall by the hair of his chinny chin chin. Walker's claim is that unburdening the state of the pensions and bloated salaries would set off an economic wave of growth--and did it?

No. The state plummeted in job growth and real wages declined at twice the national level. 87,000 Wisconsins have been heaved off the state's massively successful BadgerCare program, presumably to join all the other unemployed Wisconsins that were gainfully employed before Walker took office. 

One would think that given the state's atrocious fiscal performance that Walker's ambition to ascend would be over. Wrong again--he is considered a viable presidential candidate in 2016. How can this be?

It's simple: To win over the Republican base, the most important quality a candidate can have is a gleeful sadism when it comes to people of modest means plus a directly proportionate propensity to salad toss the very wealthy (Walker was pranked figuratively doing same to the nation's big bankroller of lunacy). Even though the vast majority of said base are people of modest means themselves. 

A few weeks ago, I noted polling that showed the Republican party at 59% disapproval, a record high. Recent polls have shown the GOP getting annihilated in 2016 by the AntiChrist herself, the only Republican that polls decently is perhaps their last sane figurehead. Which makes sense--if what turns your base on is pointless cruelty, then you really have become a "crazy clown cult". Venerating a complete failure is exhibit A, case closed. 

 

Comments

And rumor has it that even his own party is searching for candidates to run for the top job instead of him.

Posted by Johnny Venom on Jun. 10, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

That is a grand rumor that I hope comes true.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 11, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

and it's unlikely they're going to succeed in defeating Walker in 2014 either.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jun. 10, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

and Wisconsin voters are above average in intelligence and being informed.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 11, 2013 @ 5:20 am

have made the Civil War more comprehensible.

Posted by Kate Sheahan on Jun. 11, 2013 @ 6:04 am

Kick the public unions back into the muck from which they emerged.

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 11, 2013 @ 6:48 am

and smash the public employees unions if the legislature let him.

Posted by True liberal on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 9:14 am

reform their contracts. Since that suits the unions, why would rather protect their older workers than care about newer workers or new hires, everyone wins.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 9:59 am

He wasn't recalled because a good portion of the electorate was against the idea of a recall. It was historic that they even got the votes to recall him. I wouldn't bet he is as successful at getting reelected, especially if the Dems get a better candidate this time.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 11, 2013 @ 7:33 am

an abject loss.

Kinda like SFBG did when Avalos got crushed by Lee.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 10:00 am

So he's now living through his own equivalent of Bish Bosch?

Posted by Da Rebbe on Jun. 11, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is a Koch Bros. sock puppet.

Musician Scott Walker is an incredibly talented musician whose work definitely doesn't appeal to everyone's taste. Speaking of 30 Century Man Walker, JAW, what do you think of the recent reissue of five of his 1967-1970 albums?

Posted by Peter on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 10:00 am

It would appear writers for this site don't feel the need to educate themselves before going on mindless rants.

Walker did reveal most of his plan to "bust up" public employee unions (since apparently that's what we're still calling it when public employees have to contribute like private ones, you know, the ones who are paying the public employees salaries?) when he campaigned on forcing them into contributing to their own health care and pension plans. The only thing that changed from the original plan was certain collective bargaining rights, and why wouldn't it? The way it stood, they could've just negotiated the loss of pay towards their newly found plan contributions into their next raise, which would effectively zero out any change.

When did he "escape recall by the hair of his chinny chin chin"? He won the recall election by a larger margin than the his original election. Don't know where to even argue you on that one. Try to think just a little here...

When did Wisconsin plummet in job growth? Wisconsin gained thousands of jobs under Scott Walker. http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2013/03/revised-data-shows-major-job-gro...

CEO magazine gave us a huge improvement on best states to do jobs in, having us at 41st the last year before Governor Walker took office, up to 17th at the the most recent survey.

And last but not least: atrocious fiscal performance? I know your used to tax hikes down there in Cali, but Wisconsin is hitting it's budgets, announcing tax cuts, and improving the economy overall. I would call it a phenomenal fiscal performance.

I'm okay with the fact that you're a liberal, and I'm okay with your freedom to write your opinions. What I'm not okay with, and what I don't think anyone else in this country should be okay with, is laying to try to make your political case. Nationwide, republicans and democrats alike should be ashamed of themselves. With the enlightenment of all the federal scandals, I personally think many of them on the federal level (again, both Republicans and Democrats) should have to serve time behind bars for what they've been doing. But there is nothing in the world more shameful than writing an article to push a political perspective about a governor halfway across the country that has absolutely no factual information cited in it, just unresearched, false information. Especially when the only reason I can see for the article's writing that the author appears to be jealous that there are states outside of California that actually succeed.

Next time you want to write an article about something you disagree with, get your head out of your rear and actually research the topic so you might have some factual information to put into your argument

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

Thank you for taking the time and effort to put things straight.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

http://www.politifact.com/personalities/maciver-institute/

Their claims are absolute bullshit.

As far as me "pulling my head out of my rear", better that than your head up the Koch's rear, tongue first.

 

Posted by JohnnyW on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

They are not claims, they are facts. You can say whatever you like, but cannot change facts. As far as your politifact link, it is long outdated. My link came directly from the department of labor, this year. As far as your Koch bros. comment, you are only continuing to show your desperation to make a point that isn't true. You should really respect your readers more than that. Hard as you may try, you cannot argye with the truth.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

They are not claims, they are facts. Your link says nothing on my source, nor are any of the fact checks on their recent. Fact checkers checked that "halfway to 250,000" claim well over a year ago. My link is based on actual department of labor updates. Again, please use factual information.

As far as your Koch Bros. comment, you are only continuing to show your desperation to prove a point that is just not true. You should really show your readers more respect than that.

Stop trying to argue with facts. Find some factual information for a change. Maybe if you hate conservatives and Scott Walker so much you could talk about guns. That seems to work in the rest of the country. We legalized concealed carry here, maybe you should do a little research on it and then come back on your little mini rampage to bash Scott Walker. Assuming of course your readers could buy interest in that. But you should really drop this topic, because you're making yourself look really bad.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

Yet Johnny still voted for him. Despite Garcetti's plans to do a Scott Walker in L.A.

Posted by Sawney Beane on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

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