Friday, March 13, 2015

Twelve reasons why conservatives should reject Scott Walker

3/9/15, "12 Reasons Why Conservatives Should Reject Scott Walker," RedState, by goldwaterconservative. Added: Gov. Scott Walker hired famous ObamaCare and RomneyCare consultant Jonathan Gruber to advise on implementing ObamaCare in Wisconsin.

3/13/15, "Scott Walker is Paul Ryan–they can’t help themselves," junk science, john 1282

"Want some dem lite– a guy who can waffle on a dime–vote for Scott Walker, just like Paul Ryan. They both love guv programs and hate conflict with the fanatics of the statist left.

I see a lot of Jeb and W and Mitt in Scott Walker and this run down (below) is damning.

He won’t hold to conservative values or defend the conservative position when it counts. He is Paul Ryan, a big gov type who would move left every time the heat is on.

Wanna newly minted RINOgo Scott. But don’t blame him too much, he’s from Wisconsin, a very liberal state."

3/9/15, "12 Reasons Why Conservatives Should Reject Scott Walker," RedState, by goldwaterconservative

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. On the surface, Walker looks like a great choice. He is known as a fighter and a conservative reformer who can win elections. However, before conservatives hop on the Walker train, the bad aspects of Walker’s record need to be examined. Below is a list of reasons why conservatives should reject Scott Walker. Spoiler alert: you may conclude that Walker is a flip flopper.

1. His soft/superficial opposition to Common Core.

We can see that by what Common Core legislation Walker did support during this year’s legislative session. It would have merely had a commission review Common Core and suggest changes to state Superintendent Tony Evers, a Democrat who signed Wisconsin into Common Core with the stroke of his pen months before Common Core was even published. Come to think of it, him signing Common Core before the public could see what was in it—that would qualify as Wisconsin having “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” Right? So nothing needs to change to meet Walker’s criteria. But some people might believe things had changed. How convenient.
2. He supported citizenship for illegals before he was against it.

“This is not a small thing that Scott Walker just did,” says Frank Sharry of America's Voice, a group that advocates for immigrants and now is harshly critical of Walker after welcoming his rhetoric just two years ago.

Now that Scott Walker is on the big stage, he has made it clear he is going to pander to the nativist right at the expense of being able to compete for Latino voters in the general election,” Sharry said. 

“OK, he’s made his choice. But he’s going to have to live with it, and his party is going to have to live with it.”

3. He supported Right-to-Work legislation when he ran for office and recently signed it into law. But in between those two events, he attempted to strong-arm the GOP-controlled state legislature into dropping it.

Speaking to the GOP members on Wednesday, Walker restated previous comments that the measure would only be a distraction from more important issues. “We’ve got a lot of big reforms to act on…we’ve got a lot of issues with entitlement reform and tax reform and other reforms we’ve talked about…a lot of things to do in both the Legislative session and the budget…and I just have the concern that sorts of issues, particularly early on, might distract from that work,” Walker said.

4. He issued an emergency order bypassing the legislature in order to implement ObamaCare, only to rescind it after pressure from conservative activists.

Last month, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker angered his supporters by signing an emergency rule to implement ObamaCare in the state. After the harsh public outcry, however, Walker has now withdrawn the emergency rule.

Originally, the Governor sought to implement ObamaCare in his state by way of Assembly Bill 210, which was sponsored by a Republican and which was easily passed on October 18 by 57-39 in the Republican-controlled Assembly. Next, Senator Frank Lasee made the dramatic announcement on November 1 that he, as Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, was killing AB 210 by letting it die in his committee. In response, Walker then approved an emergency rule that bypassed the state legislature, accomplished the same purpose as AB 210, and thereby brought Wisconsin statutes into compliance with ObamaCare law.  
5. His administration has helped sign people up for the ObamaCare exchanges.

In the meantime, Walker has encouraged state agencies to work with individuals to help them transition to coverage on the exchange. “Even though I’m obviously not a supporter (of Obamacare), I don’t want people to fall between the cracks,” he said.

Interestingly, though liberals have accused Republican governors of trying to sabotage Obamacare, Wisconsin is one of a small number of states where signups for health insurance through February tracked better than projected.

“At least for me, and probably other governors who are in a similar position, we’re not proponents of the law, but it is the law, and more importantly, until we can change and come up with something better to replace the law, we still care about our constituents, we still want people to do well,” he said.

 “A lot of people think that Republicans like me would want to sabotage the law by making it hard or difficult for people to sign up. I think that’s somewhat shortsighted by our critics, because what we care about more than anything are the people we represent.”

6. He went after public sector unions, except those that he didn't want to go after.

Walker has introduced a bill that would strip public employees across the board – from teachers to snowplow drivers – of their right to collectively bargain for sick leave, vacation, even the hours they work. But absolutely nothing would change for local police, fire departments and the State Patrol. The bill smacks of political favoritism for public safety unions that supported Walker’s election bid last year and sets up new haves and have-nots in Wisconsin government, said Paul Secunda, a Marquette University professor who specializes in labor law.
“That’s called ’thank you, I got your back,’” Secunda said. “There’s no surprise there. This is the worst type of favoritism there could be.”
7. He has endorsed crony-capitalism by way of providing $220 million in taxpayer money to finance an NBA stadium.

Calling his plan a “common-sense, fiscally conservative approach,” Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday said new growth in income tax revenue from Milwaukee Bucks players, employees and visiting teams will generate enough money to cover debt payments on $220 million in state-issued bonds for a new arena.

Walker told members of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and media at a news conference that he would put the plan in his state budget next week.

Walker called it a “Pay Their Way” proposal.

8. He's a seemingly reluctant fighter on abortion.

“I’m still pro-life,” he added before dismissing how important the laws he signed were to voters. Defunding Planned Parenthood, he said, “gets some activists worked up, but taxpayers say ‘What’s the big deal there?’”...
9. He opposed the ObamaCare-defunding efforts of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

“I believe the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable, and will have a negative impact on the economy of my state,” he said, adding that he would have preferred for it to have been blocked by the Supreme Court.But I don’t extend that to the point that we should shut down the government over it.

“I support limited government,” he added. “But I want the government left to work.”

10. His administration has denied the right to conceal carry in state buildings in contradiction with state law.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is barring openly carrying guns into state buildings, even for people with valid concealed carry permits.

The Republican governor’s administration is also declining to say how many state employees have told their bosses that they’ll be bringing concealed guns to work after the administration decided last month to allow that for valid permit holders.

The new policies all came in response to the state’s new concealed carry law, which on Nov. 1 made Wisconsin the 49th state in the nation to let citizens carry hidden weapons.

As a matter of policy, open carry will not be allowed in state buildings, thus any person openly carrying a weapon in a state building will be asked to leave,” Department of Administration spokesman Tim Lundquist said in an email.

11. He does not stand up for traditional marriage.

Around March of 2013, Walker started suggesting that opposition to gay marriage was “generational,” and that it was wiser for Republicans to focus on economic issues. And just this week, after the Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on on the decision striking down Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, his administration announced they would recognize same sex marriages, going back to June.

12. He was against the renewable fuel standard before he was for it (in front of an Iowa audience). 

He held steady, thanks in part to a flip-flop on ethanol. The RFS requires that renewable fuels such as ethanol be blended with transportation fuel sold in the U.S - a mandate Walker has a history of opposing, according to news reporters in his home state. Ag boosters here don't want to lose the benefits, and Walker doesn't want to lose his lead. Perhaps that's a cynical way of looking at things, but when Rastetter asked Saturday, Walker said he supports the RFS' continuation.

Once conservatives realize that Scott Walker is not a conservative firebrand, it is going to be difficult for Walker to differentiate himself from Jeb Bush and Chris Christie in the primary. 

Ultimately, his record of statements and actions cast a damper on his reputation…which leads to this question: Is Scott Walker the second-coming of George W. Bush?"


Citation for Wisconsin hiring Jonathan Gruber:

"Of the eight U.S. states that have contracted with Gruber to get access to his computer model – Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin – four of them have published contracts worth about $400,000 each.
If the other four followed suit, that would amount to another $1.6 million. Some of those fees were shared with other researchers who co-authored his reports..

All eight used his services to help estimate insurance marketplace costs related to their state-based Obamacare programs.
Gruber also worked extensively on the so-called 'Romneycare' law, a Massachusetts health insurance plan that formed the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings of Obamacare, and reportedly won a consulting contract with the state of California....


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