In the Weekly Republican Address, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker calls for getting America’s “fiscal house on track and…our economy back in order” saying that “more big government is not the answer as the President contends. Instead, we need to confront the powerful special interests in Washington and put the hard working taxpayers back in charge of our government.” Furthermore, Governor Walker says, “we need to think more about the next generation than we do about the next election.”
“Hi. I’m Scott Walker from Wisconsin.
“Last fall, my wife Tonette and I had a chance to visit Independence Hall. It was quite an experience. You see, as a kid, I loved history and thought of our Founders as being well, bigger than life…almost like super heroes…so looking at the desks and the chairs where they sat was really pretty amazing.
“Standing there it dawned on me that those who had assembled in these chambers were ordinary citizens who did something quite extraordinary. They didn’t just risk their political careers or their business ventures; they risked their lives for the freedoms we hold dear today.
“It reminded me that what has made America great, what has made us exceptional for more than two centuries, what has made the United States arguably the greatest country in the history of the world; is that in moments of crisis—be they economic or fiscal, be they military or spiritual—there have been men and women of courage who thought more about the future of their children and grandchildren than they thought about their own political destiny. We need leaders like that today.
“Sadly, the President and many of his allies seem to measure success by how many people are dependent on government programs. Those policies have failed. In contrast, I and many other Republicans define success in just the opposite way—by how many people we can free from government dependence by growing the private sector.
“Now that doesn’t mean we want to throw folks off of unemployment. Instead, we want people no longer dependent on government because they have a job. When more of our fellow citizens have work in the private sector there will be more freedom and more prosperity in our country. That’s a good thing…a very good thing.
“In Wisconsin, we faced one of the biggest budget deficits ever when I first took office last year. During the three years prior to my tenure, my state lost more than 100,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was above 9 percent.
“Today, Wisconsin has a budget surplus. For the first time in history, we’re able to put money into our state’s rainy day fund for two years in a row. Since taking office, Wisconsin has gained more than 41,000 private sector jobs and the unemployment rate; well it’s below 7 percent for the first time since 2008. My state used to be ranked in the bottom ten of the best and worst states to do business in. Now, we’re in the top 20…and climbing.
“In Wisconsin, we made the tough decisions to tackle our economic and fiscal crises. Now it is time to do the same for America.
“We can do it. We can do it—because we’ve done it before.
“Thirty years ago, the national unemployment rate was 10.8 percent, but once President Ronald Reagan’s reforms went into effect, we saw one of the greatest economic booms in U.S. history.
“We need that kind of bold leadership again today to get our fiscal house on track and to get our economy back in order. But more big government is not the answer as the President contends.
“Instead, we need to confront the powerful special interests in Washington and put the hard working taxpayers back in charge of our government. We need to think more about the next generation than we do about the next election.
“That kind of courage may be rare in politics but I see it every day in the moms and dads I meet at factories and farms and small businesses all across my state. These moms and dads work hard for a living for more than just a pay check. They work hard for the same reason my wife, Tonette, and I do: we want our kids to have a better life.
“Isn’t that what this is all about? I don’t know about you, but I want my two sons, Matt and Alex, to inherit an America at least, at least as great as the America I grew up in.
“The good news is that we can still do something about it. We’ll have to make some tough choices—but there is no doubt that it is worth it. Let this be the moment in history where we can tell our children and our grandchildren that we helped restore our country’s greatness again. I believe we can because I believe in America.”
Madison—Today Governor Walker announced he will not pursue the implementation of a health insurance exchange and has turned down Early Innovator Grant funding from the federal government. The Governor also will repeal the executive order that created the Office of Free Market Health Care.
“I have directed the Department of Health Services to notify the federal government that we will discontinue any development on a health exchange and that Wisconsin will turn down funding from the Early Innovator Grant program,” said Governor Walker. “Stopping the encroachment of ObamaCare in our state, which has the potential to have a devastating impact on Wisconsin’s economy, is a top priority. Wisconsin has been a leader and innovator in health care reform for two decades, and we have achieved a high level of health insurance coverage without federal mandates. When job creators and Wisconsin families are facing difficult times it doesn’t make sense to commit to a federal health care mandate that will result in hidden taxes for Wisconsin families, increased health care costs and insurance premiums, and more uncertainty in the private sector.”
Governor Walker will sign Executive Order 57 into law, which repeals the executive order that established the Office of Free Market Health Care.
Cross-Posted: TobyToons (Conservative Political Cartoons)
Madison School Board policy states “teachers shall refrain from exploiting the institutional privileges of their professional positions to promote candidates or parties and activities,” which includes protests.
Recent Governor Elect, Scott Walker is attempting to rein in the powerful public employee unions in the State of Wisconsin. He has done so in the face of dire necessity. Wisconsin is currently $137M short on the current budget and stares down a $3.6B budget deficit over the next two years.
In order to bring this crisis to conclusion, he is attempting to cut their subsidized pension benefits and require them to pay a lot more for their health insurance. The public employee unions are gearing up to strike athwart this means of saving money. Governor Walker has offered up the alternative of riffing 1,500 state workers and kicking 200,000 children off of Medicaid as an alternative source to make up the shortfall.
Aware that he will be unable to win major concessions from state employees without endless collateral damage from fights with Public Sector Unions, he has proposed suspending most collective bargaining rights for 175,000 workers. This would enable Governor Walker to reduce worker benefits in time to avoid kicking 200,000 children off of Medicaid.
This would work better if organizations such as Wisconsin Teachers Unions had any sincere concern for actual children. Their recent behavior suggests otherwise. As of 11PM Tuesday Night, over 40% of the teachers in Madison, WI had called in “sick” for Wednesday. The Superintendant has been forced to cancel school for the day. The teachers will be out protesting Gov. Walker’s proposed budget cuts and his efforts to restrict the bargaining powers of public sector unions.
I’ve scanned the Internet manfully for any reports of the resurgent Black Death striking anywhere in the vicinity. None have been filed as of 9:42 CST. I think it’s a case of Swine Flu. The fakers calling in sick to protest the benefits cuts are a bunch of swine.
And just think what it teaches the children. The work agreements of most school districts require the provision of advanced notice before a teacher takes personal leave. They are generally required to produce a sick note or Doctor’s notice if they go on medical leave. Children at schools frequently sign these quaint, old-fashioned things called honor codes. “I will not lie, cheat, or steal; nor will I tolerate those around me who do these things.”
Yeah, but it’s not lying-lying. Everyone knows what a job action is. We all just go wink-wink on this one. It’s touching that children are learning to appreciate citizen action (or lack thereof).
I’m not at all certain how highly the average teacher in Madison, WI values a typical day of their classroom instruction. Apparently, that value is none-too-high until it comes time to renegotiate the salaries. This “sick-out” is an act of fraud to both the students who are supposed to learn and parents about to eat a big tax hike to pay these educators.
President Ronald Reagan faced a similar difficulty with the PATCO Union. Federal Air Traffic Controllers threatened to walk off the job and shut down American air travel. The President ordered them back to work within 48 hours, or he would fire them. They refused, he fired them. This, perhaps, is why these workers are “suddenly ill” in such large numbers.
Governor Walker will face a moment where these individuals will openly and cynically show the world that they care far more about their sinecures and powers as organizations than they do about the communities they serve. He will have to face the same question Margaret Thatcher faced when the national coal miners’ union went on strike in a frigid British Winter. Who controls the State of Wisconsin – the government or the public unions?
He will have to find a way to break this union. He will have to do so in calculating manner that minimizes their cynical ability to inflict collateral damage upon the children they purport to teach. Wisconsin shows us just how hard and how thankless a job it is to bring an over-empowered government back into reasonable bounds.