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Scott Walker is looking forward to making REAL money…

English: Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin

Wouldn’t you consider the $144,423 that Scott Walker makes as Governor of Wisconsin is a good salary? Gee… it would make MY life a lot easier. Walker, however, told right-wing radio host Charlie Sykes, that he was about to “make some real money” if he were to leave politics and enter the private sector:

And if we fail to win, it will take us down the path we see, failing, people like the people in Illinois, down in Springfield, and I for one don’t want that. Not because this job is that important to me, ‘cuz frankly my wife in some ways would love it if I’d go back to the private sector and make some real money.

So I guess he doesn’t care what happens in his upcoming recall election… and if that’s true, why doesn’t he just quit? Most of Wisconsin would be happy if we did.

 

And as long as we’re talking about Wisconsin I’d like to say “Hi” to my son in Milwaukee. Chin up, Bud!

Last Friday the Press Sued Scott Walker to Release E-Mails Which He Claims Support his Actions…

Great Seal of the state of Wisconsin

… and, in violation of “Wisconsin Open Records Law and Wis. Stat. § 19.37(1) by withholding the requested email messages and delaying granting access to the email messages,” the Governor has, so far, refused.

This from The Isthmus’ Daily Page:

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Isthmus newspaper and the Wisconsin Associated Press today filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker over his office’s failure to respond to open records requests regarding emails received by his office.
“The governor said he had gotten more than 8,000 emails as of Feb. 17, with ‘the majority’ urging him to ‘stay firm’ on his budget repair bill,” says Isthmus News Editor Bill Lueders. “We’re just trying to see these largely supportive responses.”
Isthmus made its request by hand-delivered letter on Feb. 18, a day after Walker referred to these 8,000 emails and about an hour before he held another press conference saying the number had since swelled to 19,000, again mostly positive.
The Associated Press, through reporter Todd Richmond, emailed its request for the referenced 8,000 emails on Feb. 18.
As of today, the governor’s office and his legal counsel have not responded to these requests for records, or provided information on their status.
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So now we wait to see what comes next. Can this criminal Governor do anything to justify his refusal to preserve the negotiating rights of his working citizens? Will the people in Wisconsin further stimulate the workers of the whole country to take a stand against the rich bankers and Wall Street robbers who have made billions while the average Joe has lost job, home and future?

Have a nice Monday.

Even Conservative Pollsters are showing problems for Walker in Wisconsin…

Up in Wisconsin, Scott Walker is sticking to his guns of not compromising on dealing with the unions, he’s putting up obstacles to getting into the capitol building, he’s threatening layoffs of teachers and more.

Perhaps he ought to take a closer look at the situation he’s creating. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI), a conservative think tank, came out with a new poll and it seems that about two-thirds of Wisconsinites are turning away from him… and 80% think they’ll be voting in the next election. It should be noted that WPRI has also been very supportive of Walker publicly and has been against the protesters in their policy releases.

Some standout poll views:

Q10. Scott Walker
Strongly favorable ……………………………………….. 28
Somewhat favorable …………………………………….. 15
Somewhat unfavorable …………………………………. 12
Strongly unfavorable ……………………………………. 41
Don’t know / Refused …………………………………….. 4

Q11a. Public Employees [SPLIT A]
Strongly favorable ……………………………………….. 39
Somewhat favorable …………………………………….. 28
Somewhat unfavorable …………………………………. 15
Strongly unfavorable ……………………………………. 10
Don’t know / Refused …………………………………….. 7

Q11b. Public Employee Unions [SPLIT B]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 35
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 24
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 13
Strongly unfavorable…………………………………….. 21
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 7

Q12a. Teachers [SPLIT A]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 45
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 25
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 16
Strongly unfavorable………………………………………. 9
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 5

Q12b. Teachers’ Unions [SPLIT B]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 37
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 22
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 12
Strongly unfavorable…………………………………….. 24
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 4

…and all this comes with a view of how Scott Walker’s Administration is being viewed:

Q9. Overall, do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the way Scott Walker is handling his job as Governor of Wisconsin?
Strongly approve………………………………………….. 29
Somewhat approve……………………………………….. 14
Somewhat disapprove ……………………………………. 8
Strongly disapprove ……………………………………… 45
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 4

This week coming up Walker says people will be getting actual pink slips… it has been hard to tell bluffs from actualities here, but the protests are getting stronger and we’re entering the third week of growing complaints against Walker and support for teachers and unions.

I’ll tell you what I find reassuring… when I was driving home from my day-long EEG test yesterday I was listening to “What do you know?” on public radio and the host was talking to a 15-year-old girl in an interview. When asking her what she wanted to be, she said “A teacher”… he asked “Even after all that has happened?”  And her response was “Oh, yes.”

Notice she didn’t want to be Governor.

Scott Walker says that Wisconsin Public Employees do not currently pay their pension funds…but this is a LIE.

Look at this article quote from Forbes Magazine:

If the Wisconsin governor and state legislature were to be honest, they would correctly frame this issue. They are not, in fact, asking state employees to make a larger contribution to their pension and benefits programs as that would not be possible- the employees are already paying 100% of the contributions.

What they are actually asking is that the employees take a pay cut.

This is Forbes that says this. A Conservative business magazine. Go HERE and read the whole article. The article was written by Rick Ungar. Here’s his Bio:

I am an attorney in Southern California, and a frequent writer, speaker and consultant on health care policy and politics. To that end, I am active member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Based in beautiful Santa Monica, California, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to be a contributor to Forbes. I’ve recently finished a book designed to make the health care debate understandable to the average reader, and expect it to be out in the next five months or earlier.