Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is being discussed as a possible presidential candidate in 2016.
Walker who was just recently re-elected as governor of Wisconsin said he is seriously considering launching a presidential bid. He said, “I think there’s going to be a hunger for a leader who can actually get things done.”
Exactly, what has Walker done?
He has been awful for Wisconsin, and we can only imagine if he were ever to be elected as president (*shudders*) he would lead the US to financial ruins.
Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 new jobs in the state during his first term (a goal he did not meet). Wisconsin ranked 37th among states for private sector growth, and since Walker has been in office the state has lagged behind other mid-western states in job growth.
Despite this awful fact, Walker was re-elected for a second term with the help of some powerful and wealthy donors, HE DID NOT win with the support of the labor movement.
WE as a labor movement must continue to fight for our rights and protections – we can’t allow our democracy to be hijacked by a political pawn of the rich and powerful.
Walker is a divisive and deceitful leader. He has used strong armed tactics using healthcare to extort concessions from fire fighters. During his first term as governor, he pitted average Wisconsin citizens against government. In the ultimate power grab, Walker proclaimed Wisconsin broke, and called his first budget a “budget repair bill” and used it to strip workers of their right to bargain collectively and make severe cuts to public services. While at the same time, Walker cozied up to his wealthy donors to keep his policies going.
For his second act in the governor’s office, Walker has already created controversy proposing plans to drug test welfare recipients, tax cuts for the wealthy and possibly right to work legislation.
For Wisconsin labor unions, Walker has silenced their voices when it comes to negotiating over their health care, safety and benefits. Walker has turned public workers into the “working poor” as many have taken second jobs to make ends meet — and for some that isn’t enough because they are requesting public assistance.
Why would America elect a leader like this? When political pundits are screaming Scott Walker for President in 2016?! We say scream back: Oh No!!