Scott Walker progressive in the Wisconsin tradition
Word are often hijacked and misused. Take the word “progressive.” The core of this is fighting for ordinary people against established interests. Today the many people who call themselves progressive favor establish union and government interests. Scott Walker does not call himself progressive, but his courageous fight against established and potentially violent established interests is clearly in Wisconsin’s proud non-conformist tradition.
I just finished with the audio-book version of Scott Walker's book Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge. I recommend the audio version. It is narrated by the Governor himself, so he expresses his ideas in the Wisconsin accent and with personal passion.
We watched Walkers fight against union power in Wisconsin play out. The unions were fighting for their power. They wanted to keep on using state power to force people to pay union dues. This allows a crony system, where unions support politicians with money that they get from the politicians forcing people to pay up. It is a corrupt practice, but largely invisible or when seen cloaked in a kind of old-fashioned belief that the people are protected. This may have been true back in 1933, but in 2013 the unions are the established interests and the oppressors. This power had to be broken
Anyway, read the book As a result of Walker's reforms, local communities did not have to lay off teachers and government workers, as the unions were willing to embrace if allowed to keep their chock-hold on workers money. Local governments did not need to cut education or services and they were able to get better deals on insurance, when they no longer needed to buy the union owned products. Wisconsin had gone from deficit to surplus and local governments are saving big money for taxpayers. This is how government should work.
Walker is a real hero. He faced death threats from union thugs and had to put up with thousand of literally stinking protestors yelling, screaming and pissing at his door. It was a true profile in courage.
Nobody knows if Walker will run for president. He would surely be an improvement over Obama. It would be good to have a courageous man in office, one who earned his own way up. I hope he runs and wins. It would be good if the whole U.S. became a little more like Wisconsin.
It is time for Americans to take back their heritage. This sideways movement on the economy is unacceptable. It will be good to replace a bystander, low-information president like Obama with someone who knows what he is doing.
Walker can give us the kind of new thinking this country needs to overcome the Obama doldrums. It is interesting to note that significant numbers of voters gave their votes to BOTH Obama and Walker. Maybe those who voted for the hope represented by Obama know that they really want the experience of someone like Walker.Posted by Christine & John at December 7, 2013 10:28 AM