Many people across the nation are getting to know Scott Walker for the first time, and are listening to what he says and the manner in which he presents himself to form an opinion. This post is for folks living in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other primary states, and presented to save you a boat load of time. You cannot trust – you cannot believe anything he says. What’s more, most of his boldest and most controversial polices will be enacted only after he is elected.
He will never mention them during his campaign. Do you know that during his campaign for first term governor, he never mentioned his plan to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public workers? Never bothered to even hint at the action during his campaign. Likewise, none of the drastic cuts to public schools, the university system, senior care, and the DNR were never revealed in his campaign for his second term. So, no matter what he is saying… it has nothing to do with his real plans.
What does that mean for all the voters out there who are watching and listening to Scott Walker regarding his plans to reshape the country? A waste of time. Please Take a lesson from the voters of Wisconsin and don’t waste your time listening to what he says, since he has demonstrated how the policies and promises he pontificates on the campaign stump are irrelevant to the action he will take once the election is over. Please do not believe what you hear, or at least be aware you there will not be so much as a whisper of the any controversial actions he intends to impose.
Walker has already being tagged a flip flopper. Below are some specific examples of how his stump speeches, are totally incongruous to his real history. Even the New York Times chooses the word “pitch” to describe the snake oil sales job of the Governor of Wisconsin
He is tailoring his pitch to his audiences — wearing pullover sweaters in earth-tone colors in one early primary state, New Hampshire, and discussing the power of prayer in another, here in South Carolina. He has reined in his rambling speeches, at least compared with his recorded remarks over the years. He is trying to listen more and opine less, associates say, and he is easygoing with voters — a contrast with his pugilistic reputation from his successful battle against Wisconsin labor unions, which made him a hero to many conservatives.New York Times
A few drops of snake oil
Walker on the stump:
“One of my clear rules is, if you’re going to be on our team, whether on the paid staff or a volunteer, what I always say is you need to respect the voters,” Walker said. “Because really if you think about campaigns, it’s not about the candidate or the staff. It’s about the voter. It’s about how to help people’s lives be better.Scott Walker
Below is an email from his Deputy Chief of Staff when he was County Executive in Milwaukee. Oh, the email was held on a secret email network (you know the same type he admonished Hillary for) which is held in evidence for the ongoing John Doe Investigation.
“One of the things I’ve stressed…in the last few days as I’ve looked at the possibility of running is you have my firm commitment that I’m going to focus on making sure that the people on my team should we go forward are people who respect voters.”
On the stump Walker boasts how his reforms have made Wisconsin “more free and prosperous”. It could be true if you happen to fit into an special category he likes to call: “stakeholders” like Bill Gardner of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad who got over 14 million dollars in grants after an illegal contribution $160,000 to his campaign. Or Diane Hendricks, the richest women in Wisconsin who contributed $500,000 to his campaign with the request, “will we become right to work?”. Or John Menard who contributed 1.5 million to his campaign and got it all back in tax breaks for his lumber/hardware company. Otherwise, if you are not one of the wealthiest in your state, take a look at the side bar at the right showing the high number of mortgages under water in Wisconsin when compared to the rest of the country.
Mortgages under water
The national average is 16.9%
Thus far the national media has focused on the news-grabbing guffaws, shift and skip, flip and flop half truths and lies as his “positions” on immigration, ethanol production, abortion, and even evolution pop and dodge like the wack-a-mole. Warning. He will play this game of sound bite bobble with all the finesse of card shark in a casino. You are probably dealing with a “type A” sociopath. He will win this game every time. He has no moral foundation for his views and can and will say anything to further the message of money lenders. You will not win the “gotcha” game with Scott Walker. It is all a distraction or a slight-of-hand to pull attention away from his obvious incompetency and from the black hole where his ethics are supposed to be. It is very tempting to play his game, but in the end you will be “sound-bite” suckered. The photo depicts the most recent in Walker’s long list self serving shifts and flops. Just before the election for his second term he said he would not sign Right to Work legislation – the photo is taken of the moment of signing the bill just three months later.
It is a mistake to assume you are dealing with an ethical human being. He will say anything. Instead, just look at the obvious results of his leadership when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of budget, jobs, and administrative incompetence. The most blatant example of this incompetence is just behind the curtain. You want to know where Walker will take Executive Branch of Government? Ignore the sound bites and take a peek at the department he created – the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).