On Monday, Scott Walker had what has been called “the best 27 seconds” of his campaign for presidency so far.
He was confronted by a protester, and he subsequently went on a fiery rant about how he will fight harder than anyone for the American people; not exactly a unique line among those who, in reality, do precisely the opposite.
Scott Walker is being honest when he says he is not intimidated by protesters, as he knows that his billionaire backers have far more influence on him achieving his ultimate goal than a few dissenters. He is, of course, lying when he says he will fight for the American people.
His record speaks for itself in Wisconsin, and although it is appalling to those of us who support the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain, support more spending on education, not less, and don’t support tax cuts which benefit only the super-wealthy, it seems to have significant appeal among the Republican base (composed of individuals who have a remarkable tendency to vote against their own interests).
Let’s run through some of Walker’s history of “fighting for the American people.”
Recently, Scott Walker awarded the Milwaukee Bucks with $450 million of taxpayer money for the purpose of building a new stadium. This is what “conservatism” has become: Take money out of the hands of the public and funnel it into the private superstar sector. The “free market” at its finest.
Walker is on video reassuring a billionaire donor that he will fight for her interests, and this, he says, will become clear after his budget proposal. The billionaire was Diane Hendricks, and her question was an important one:
Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state, and work on these unions, and become a right-to-work [state]?
His answer was, predictably, in the affirmative. What about the American people, Mr. Walker?
Speaking of unions: Scott Walker hates them. Not because he really hates them, I’m sure, but because his campaign donors hate them.
Nonetheless, those who hate that workers have any right to organize and collectively bargain will have their wildest dreams realized if Walker gets his way: He has signed into law right-to-work policies which work effectively to gut union funding.
Union membership, however, is often associated with a stronger middle class and a more stable economy, along with a safer and more effective workplace. What about the American people, Mr. Walker?
Walker has also stated that he believes the minimum wage is a “lame idea.” If not very eloquent, the now famous line is telling.
Walker has done his best to give copious handouts to the rich, ensuring them that their interests will be met, even if they are met at the expense of the public.
Speaking of the public: Walker seems to have a strong dislike for public education, supporting savage budget cuts to both higher education and K-12.
His administration in Wisconsin has admitted to overbilling family planning clinics, which Walker would probably support getting rid of altogether. He is quite in line with the absurd Republican consensus backing the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood (Walker’s budget cuts resulted in the closure of five Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin), and his views on abortion are typical within his party, as well.
This is, as John Nichols has called it, “the ruthless politics of Walkerism.” Anti-worker, anti-choice, anti-public education, anti-women’s health.
In summary, Scott Walker doesn’t care about the American people, if you haven’t yet noticed.
If there was no corporate money in politics, he would be a loser. But for now, he is a subservient puppet, willing to do whatever it takes to serve the interests of his donors. He has no shame.