Scott Walker: Tea Party Hero, Koch Puppet, Liar, Hypocrite, and Pandering Moral Coward

Scott Walker: Tea Party Hero, Koch Puppet, Liar, Hypocrite, and Pandering Moral Coward

So it seems that Scott Walker, Republican governor of Wisconsin, Koch puppet, liar, hypocrite, and pandering moral coward, is unsure as to whether or not President Obama is a Christian. Confronted with Obama’s frequent professions of Christian faith, Walker stuck to his guns:

I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that. I’ve never asked him that. You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?

Are you fucking kidding me? Is Scott Walker unsure as to whether the world is round because he has not taken a jaunt into space to explicitly confirm that it is the case? When you leave a room that Walker is in, does he cease to believe in your existence, since you are no longer visible to his eyes?

Of course not. Obama is a Christian and Scott Walker damn well knows it. But that isn’t really the point, is it? Walker’s non-answer is simply pandering of the basest sort. He’s attempting to appeal to the mouth-breathing sort of fellow whose vehicle sports a bumper sticker proclaiming “Impeach the Marxist Kenyan.” He’s appealing to the idiotic birthers, to those that are secretly convinced that Obama is a Muslim, or an atheist, or the Antichrist. Scott Walker is pandering to the worst segment of the electorate because those same drooling idiots are the ones who will turn out during the primaries and propel him to the Republican nomination.

Here’s the funny bit. Even when pandering and lying, he still can’t manage to get it right. Scott Walker always has to hedge his bets, lest he come off as unhinged to those of us who stayed awake in class. He did the same thing a few weeks back, when he elected to “punt” on the question of evolution. The man wants to be president so very badly and will say almost anything to get there, but he’s far too much of a coward to actually commit to a controversial stance.

It’s somewhat astonishing that we’re even in a position where we’re talking about Scott Walker as the potential Republican nominee, but here we are. It’s a notably weak field. Romney has already withdrawn, Christie imploded, the usual second string is notable only for their non-viability. The only other potential challenger to Walker is Jeb Bush, and Jeb Bush has a bit of an issue with his family. At the moment, I’d call it a toss up between Bush and Walker, either of which make me want to guzzle Drano.

But I find the possibility of Scott Walker as the nominee to be particularly galling. This is a man who, as governor of Wisconsin, has done his damndest to run that fine state into the ground. Walker dealt a near fatal blow to labor in 2011, by signing into law an act that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public employees. That bill had the devastating effect of, among other things, prompting the decertification and disbanding of the Kenosha Educators Association, the third largest teachers’ union in the state. He is now poised to deliver the coup de grâce with a bill that will make Wisconsin a right to work state. Is anyone at all shocked that Walker, during his reelection campaign, swore up and down that he would not be advocating for such a bill?

Here’s the kicker. That right to work bill that Walker was so adamant about not supporting? It was pushed by a little organization known as Wisconsin Right to Work, led by one Lorri Pickens, whose associations with noted far-right meddlers, the Koch brothers, is long and documented. Seem as though Scott Walker has few qualms about allowing national organizations to muck about in Wisconsin politics, never mind the damage said interference will cause the citizens of his state.

When it comes to labor, Scott Walker’s record is as unambiguous as it is unpleasant. And it didn’t simply emerge out of nowhere. Walker’s hostility to unions dates back to his days as Milwaukee County Executive, when he laid waste to the county’s mass transit system, slashing routes and jobs. He followed this insult to the people of Milwaukee by telling transit union leaders that he was “glad.” In fact, his time in office as County Executive was marked by the same rancor towards public employees that he has been displaying ever since taking the office of governor. He seems to have been particularly proud of cutting the number of county workers by 20%. He also learned a valuable lesson during this time:

On one hand that is an achievement because the county government needed to be smaller. But because of collective bargaining we couldn’t do it in the best way. Being forced to get rid of productive workers while retaining slackers, and having my hands tied by union intransigence and collective bargaining rules, was a searing experience.

Taken in that light, the venom with which his current administration has attacked unions scarcely comes as a surprise.

And he isn’t much better when it comes to reproductive rights. In 2013, Scott Walker signed a bill imposing new restrictions on women’s rights to choose, requiring all seekers of abortions to undergo a mandatory ultrasound, and mandating that abortion providers have admitting rights at nearby hospitals. In typical mendacious Walker fashion, he framed the matter as somehow protecting the rights of women:

This bill improves a woman’s ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future.

But for all his bluster and rhetoric over issues dear to the shriveled hearts of Republicans, how well has Scott Walker actually performed as governor? What has he done for the state of Wisconsin? Not much, as it turns out. Under his reign, Wisconsin has lagged behind the nation in job and wage growth. Before Walker’s election, in 2010, Wisconsin had a rate of job growth that was 40% greater than the national average. But between 2010 and 2013, Wisconsin’s job growth stood at a pitiful 59% of the national average. Whatever the man is doing, it certainly doesn’t seem to be working.

But, his abysmal record as governor aside, I keep coming back to Scott Walker’s statement on Obama’s Christianity or lack thereof. The statement shows Walker to be eager to flat out lie for the sake of votes. And not simply your garden variety Republican lie – this one is bigger than that. Scott Walker is willing to utter demonstrable untruths that impugn the personal faith of the president, all to win over a portion of the electorate whose grasp on reality is, at best, tenuous. Walker has wrought, and will continue to wreak, havoc on the state of Wisconsin. As president, that havoc would be magnified a thousand-fold and would be an unmitigated disaster for our country. It would be a tragedy if he were allowed to lie and dissemble his way into that office.

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Akira Watts failed to graduate with a B.A. in philosophy from Amherst College and now does an assortment of IT related things. He has been writing a nebulously plotted literary choose-your-own-adventure work for the past five years. He lives in Santa Fe, NM with a small fish and a cat the size of a yeti. Before joining the team at Reverb Press, Akira was a frequent contributor at Truthout.org READ MORE BY AKIRA.

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Akira Watts failed to graduate with a B.A. in philosophy from Amherst College and now does an assortment of IT related things. He has been writing a nebulously plotted literary choose-your-own-adventure work for the past five years. He lives in Santa Fe, NM with a small fish and a cat the size of a yeti. Before joining the team at Reverb Press, Akira was a frequent contributor at Truthout.org READ MORE BY AKIRA.

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