“Governor has kept his promises”
“Walker has not been honest”
“Between the idea and the reality – Falls the shadow.”. (The Hollow Men)
All three quotes are true to some degree or other, but the final quote of the trilogy, the one by T.S. Elliot, speaks to the shadow between the truth of all the words above. The shadow surrounding Scott Walker’s year long management of the office of governor, has generated the dark ink that has spilled itself in the form of over 300,000 signatures on recall petitions in just two weeks.
The opening of the poem is quoted below, with link provided at the bottom to the full work.
Mistah Kurtz—he dead.
A penny for the Old Guy
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
The Hollow Men complete poem
The Shadow – Balancing the Budget
Walker campaigned on the simplistic mantra that he would balance the state budget. For all the talk and controversy, balancing a budget is not a difficult task, at least in the sense of mathematical accounting. You simply cross out expenses until they match the income. Simple really. The problem is one of leadership calling for negotiation, compromise, and skills of listening demanded to reach a fair consensus. Scott Walker is so inept in this regard he begs recall. He has vilified teachers and public workers, even when they made an offer to contribute to their pension funds back in February. He is a disgrace to any ideal of fair leadership. Instead of demonstrating a willingness to listen and compromise he began a slow process to close the avenues of communication by imposing administrative rules to silence any voices of opposition. Can anyone remember a press conference called by Walker to address controversy? You Pick the Game – I Make the Rules Finally, he closed the spigot of free speech to the point where the starving voice of the people is left with no option but to snake out the clog. Recall Walker. Walker Scares the Dickens Out of Me
The Shadow – Rebecca Kleefisch:
“Governor has kept his promises”
Yep. He balanced the budget, but his whole campaign was a lie of omission. Does anyone believe he would have been elected governor if he had been honest with his plans to end collective bargaining rights? The Walker campaign was an unconscionable lie to the people of Wisconsin. If future candidates, Republican, Democrat or Independent, are to be trusted to campaign on a specific agenda of policy, the only recourse is to send a message to Walker and Fitzgerald or any future candidate that such gaping lies of omission will not stand in Wisconsin. They have lowered the bar of truth of promise to voters. They must be recalled. The Advent of Alec the Secret Malignant Magi
But Rebecca Kleefisch says “Walker is that rare type”.
A similar description was awarded to the man alluded to by T.S. Eliot; Guy Fawkes: “that it was this mixture of piety and professionalism which endeared him to his fellow conspirators”. Guy Fawkes was an attempted arsonist of the English house of Parliament, and his straw-man effigy is burned each year in the United Kingdom on November 5; Guy Fawkes Night. Yep, Guy Fawkes was also a rare type. Yet, he is symbolically recalled each November until his rare is quite well done. Yet, he is knocking, knocking, knocking at the window.
Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca.
As a mom with two small kids, I’m glad that Scott Walker is looking out for families like ours. As lieutenant governor, I see his leadership skills helping Wisconsin families like mine. It was a rare thing to cover a politician who said what he’d do and do what he said. Walker is that rare type.
Kleefisch Op-Ed wsjonline
The Kleefisch view of the importance and character of unions in this state and country is so simplistic and shallow that it must be derived from labor research going back, well, at least six or nine months. It makes me want to knock her window as she talks, in the commercial “Your Money”, about collective bargaining as though it were an ingredient of holiday chex mix.