Posts tagged ‘Scott Walker’

June 13, 2011

In which I give my thoughts on this whole #wiunion thing

by thoughtfulconservative

Probably no one will be completely happy with this post. That’s OK.

There’s been a great political division in Wisconsin since Gov. Scott Walker announced plans to do away with collective bargaining for state employees. Most of my readers are well acquainted with what’s been going on in protests, court cases and legislative shenanigans.

On the whole I agree with Walker’s budget (and other) plans including some of the things that the union’s are protesting so vigorously. But I also disagree with some of the things the GOP is trying to accomplish.

I used to be radically anti-union. My father died during a strike at the place he worked. No doubt the stress of not working was part, part not all, of the trigger. He also smoked and was slightly overweight which were probably the main causes.

But in seeing the way some, some, not all, employers work, and the government is an employer in this situation, I find that I cannot be totally anti-union. Unions do good work for workers. Safety, wages, etc., are the result of union advocacy. And in spite of what you’ve heard, employers are not really looking out for the best interests of their employees.

But I do think that benefits should not be part of a collective bargaining arrangement. Oh, I know why it’s happened; benefits are a way to “sweeten the pot,” to help make a bargaining agreement palatable.

And I think one should have an option about whether to join a union or not. Yeah, I know that unions are why the wage benefit package is available to an employee; I guess I just don’t like the idea of being forced to do something. That should provide fodder for discussion.

I realize my poor little blog is going to have much influence on the public debate long since enjoined. But I do wish Walker and the GOP had done things a little bit differently.

Oh, and “union thugs” or other derogatory terms will not make it into my writings on the subject.

Well, I guess that’s it for now. Unless something else comes up…

September 25, 2010

Wisconsin governor’s debate 09-24-2010

by thoughtfulconservative

The first “debate” for Wisconsin governor between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett was held tonight. The next will be Oct. 8 and one will follow Oct. 15. There’s video here if you want to see it.

Here are my impressions.

First of all, it was not a debate. Opening statements were made by both candidates and then a panel of three took turns asking questions. There was little room or time for rebuttal. The debate ended with closing statements by both candidates.

Both seemed well-prepared. I didn’t notice any slip-ups although I’m sure some one will find some.

Nor did I hear any new ground. Most of the talking points I’d heard before. The themes for Walker were tax cuts and getting government to work for people again. Barrett’s themes were that Wisconsin needs adult leadership and we have serious problems that need serious answers.

Barrett was more often on the attack. Walker was content, for the most part, to present his program, although he attacked as well.

The winner? Each side will claim victory, although the format precludes determining a clear winner.

September 9, 2010

Consequently I’m voting Walker, Johnson and Kleefisch

by thoughtfulconservative

[UPDATE (09/12/10) Brian Fraley…]

Leave it up to liberals to entice me to blog again.

Thanks, guys, for making up my mind for me.

Deke Rivers, [Barry Orton at ]Paul Soglin[‘s blog], mal, and best of all Jay Bullock.

Your support for their opponents shows me how much you fear these three.

Could you show me which other Republicans you’re afraid of?

Thanks.

Scott Walker

Ron Johnson

Rebecca Kleefisch

[I can add Sheriff Trawicki and Kurt Schuller to the above list.]

August 17, 2010

Scott Walker, college dropouts, and media coverage

by thoughtfulconservative

Two friends (at least online friends) posted recently on remarks Scott Walker made to reporters after the debate in Oconomowoc. They based their posts on this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which “quoted” Scott Walker as saying,

Walker said he didn’t graduate because he got a job and he suggested that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.

Pretty plain and they drew their conclusions.

Might not be as simple.

At least when you look at the report on WITI channel 6  locally, which seems to have the entire quote. Here’s what Walker said,

“Bottom line is, I was offered a job. Like any person going into their senior year, right now particularly in this economy, if they were offered a job their senior year of college, I think most people these days would take it. That’s what I did at the American Red Cross.”

Kinda different to me. And I don’t necessarily blame the Journal Sentinel reporter although I would encourage him to work on that. But the quote in the Journal Sentinel, if read alone, is misleading.

Therefore my conclusions would be different from Chris and Cindy (although I don’t presume to think I’m changing anyone’s mind here).

Here’s my paraphrase of what Walker said:

In this economy, any senior who got a good job offer like I did at the Red Cross, might consider leaving school, since their prospects are dim even if they stay in school.

It goes without saying that it’s up to interpretation.

The Left’s other concern is voiced by Xoff,

Scott Walker, the degree-less candidate for governor, continues to describe his college career in ways that are terribly misleading if not outright fibs.

Xoff, in a magnanimous moment, says something I’ve been thinking about since this issue came up,

I don’t care whether he has a degree or not. Many dropouts, from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga to your truly (who falls somewhere in between those two) have had some success.

I don’t look at a candidate’s educational qualifications that much when deciding on a candidate. Certainly Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett are very well educated. Scott Walker does have experience running a government with a legislative body of the opposite persuasion. He’s won elections in a county that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

I haven’t decided between the two yet, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out Walker because he didn’t finish college.

August 7, 2010

“Republicans draw few contrasts in governor debate”

by thoughtfulconservative

Republican candidates for governor Scott Walker and Mark Neumann drew few contrasts on Friday in the first of three debates before the Sept. 14 primary.

via Madison.com.

There’s a reason for that–they’re both conservative!

The rest of the crap that’s happened in this campaign is because there is basically no ideological difference between Walker and Neumann.

So it’s degenerated, for the most part into “You do this.” No, I don’t.” kind of campaign.

Distasteful to many (mostly in SE Wisconsin) who would simply like to anoint Scott Walker as the Republican nominee, I’m sure, it will be invaluable should Walker (yes, he still has to win the primary) win the nomination.

The only question is if such bitter campaigning leaves the winner without the support of the loser.

August 5, 2010

Barrett, Neumann, Walker agree!

by thoughtfulconservative

The three major candidates for governor in Wisconsin are united in their opposition to toll roads for all drivers.

via Today’s TMJ4.

Refreshing, isn’t it?