I want to be Scott Walker's speechwriter.

I am seeking support and recommendations to become Scott Walker’s speechwriter as he embarks on his quest for the presidency.

Admittedly, writing applause lines for a man with his record will be easy but nonetheless, with my background in writing and Scott’s credentials, we would make an excellent team.

If it helps I would like to submit a writing sample. What follows are the highlights of the speech I would craft for a large Republican audience, perhaps at the 2016 Republican convention.

“Fellow Americans, I stand before you as a candidate for the presidency, and, with your support I can bring to the country the same accomplishments I brought to the people of the great state of Wisconsin.

We pared the size of state government by laying off people in the regulatory agencies and cutting the pay of those still working. We found that it was easier to let the industries write their own regulations. The iron mine project is a good example. At the same time it will save us tons of money on the enforcement end since there won’t be any laws left to break.

Walker's just-in-time, stealth budgeting screws state workers yet again

According to Wisconsin President (er, Governor) Scott Walker (R-Hopeful), the state's fiscal condition is simply great; so swell, in fact, that he can dump a couple hundred millions of dollars into a new, privately developed basketball arena for Milwaukee while maintaining tax cuts that mostly benefit the state's wealthy. And, he proclaims, he'll have enough left over so that, in his proposed 2015-'17 budget, he'll return to you another ten bucks in tax savings. Wow. Ten bucks. That will get you half of a sit-down pizza. Don't eat it all in one sitting, though, because it's got to last two years.

Moreover, Kochwalkerstan is so fantastically, fiscally strong that Walker feels unconcerned about increased borrowing -- in the billion-dollar range -- to build more highways and freeways than many of us think we need.

But if that tale of fiscal strength is all true, why trim more benefits for at-risk Wisconsin families, seniors and the disabled? Why whack already stressed public education on up through the UW System by another 400 or so million? Why cut natural land preservation funding? But most telling, why this sudden move, reported in the Wisconsin State Journal today:

Walker Says Wisconsin's Growing Trade Deficit is "Great News"

Wisconsin was once the flagship manufacturing state of a United States that exported far more than it imported. Milwaukee, in fact, was once known as the "Machine Shop of the World" because, you name it, it was made there.

Today, not so much: Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin's manufacturing is a shell of its former self. Wisconsin now actually imports more products from foreign countries than it exports. In 2014, Wisconsin imported $22.2 billion in manufactured products and exported only $20.2 billion worth. That's an imbalance of two billion dollars in a state that that should be leading the nation in trade surplus.

Overall, non-manufactured commodities (mostly agriculture) do help out Wisconsin's trade balance, but this category of exports offer a fraction of the jobs that manufactured commodities bring to the table. And even if you look at Wisconsin's total trade balance (manufactured commodities plus non manufactured commodities), Wisconsin still imports more than it exports, bringing its total trade deficit to about 100 million.

Scott Walker dodges evolution question: 'That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in'

Ron Johnson Quotes Lincoln to Convey Exact Opposite of What Lincoln was Saying

In July of 1858, Abraham Lincoln was giving a lengthy, anti-slavery speech in Chicago and one of the arguments he presented was that the actions of the framers of the Constitution demonstrated their intentions to phase-out slavery:

The adoption of the Constitution and its attendant history led the people to believe so; and that such was the belief of the framers of the Constitution itself. Why did those old men, about the time of the adoption of the Constitution, decree that Slavery should not go into the new territory, where it had not already gone? Why declare that within twenty years the African Slave Trade, by which slaves are supplied, might be cut off by Congress? Why were all these acts? I might enumerate more of these acts—but enough. What were they but a clear indication that the framers of the Constitution intended and expected the ultimate extinction of that institution. [Cheers.] And now, when I say, as I said in my speech that Judge Douglas has quoted from, when I say that I think the opponents of slavery will resist the farther spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest with the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, I only mean to say, that they will place it where the founders of this Government originally placed it.

The Real Reason that the International Affairs Experts at Chatham Hall laughed when Governor Walker "Punted"

Walker the Dunce

The Cambridge (UK, not Wisconsin) Dictionary of the English Language describes what a "punter" is in the UK.

punter noun (gambler)

 UK person who gambles (= risks money guessing the result of something):Bookmakers are offering punters odds of 6–1 on the horse Red Devil winning the race.

punter noun (customer)

 UK informal customer; a user of services or buyer of goods:Many hotels are offering discounts in an attempt to attract punters/pull in the punters. UK slang person who uses the services of a prostitute


It seems that Walker revealed more to his audiance than he intended.

Wisconsin Retail Outlet in London that Walker failed to Visit

Trek Bikes for Sale in London

This cycle shop is in London.  Even though Governor Walker visited a Harley Dealership while in London, he failed to visit this cycle shop that sells Treck bicycles just a short walk from number 10 Dowing Street.

 

Imagine what it would have been like if Governor Burke had been visiting London.  But, of course, she wouldn't have been visiting London because she would have been back in Wisconsin taking care of business and not running for president on the Wisconsin taxpayers dime.

Ask the Governor a Question before Noon February 11

Governor Walker will be giving a presentation at Chatham House in London on February 11 at 18 GMT which is noon in Wisconsin.  Chatham House has an email address where questions for the Governor can be sent in advance.  Well thought out insightful questions would be welcome.

Building Global Partnerships for Stronger Local Economies; Governor Scott Walker

Questions can be asked at:

questions@chathamhouse.org

Be respectful and intellecturlly honest and ask some hard questions related to the topic.  The choices are endless; education, unions, high speed rail, the university, healthcare etc.

State Budget: Take Time to Learn and Express Yourself

“What people need to understand is that we are seeing this budget for the first time,” the Republican staff member told me. “There are a lot of things that need to change.”
 
Recently the Governor made public his proposal for the state’s two-year budget. The day following his speech a Senate page brought around a hand-truck load of budget documents.
 
When I visited my Republican Senate colleague, the staff had budget papers spread out over a desk and were trying to make sense of it – even as phone calls and emails from constituents were coming in.
 
As we scramble to find buried details, some constituents already were expressing themselves to lawmakers. The back-and-forth between constituents and legislators is a vital aspect of the political process, and input from citizens is never more important than during the two-year budget process.
 
We all know the headlines: $300 million cut to the UW; cutting the UW  loose from state government; lower funding for K-12 schools; statewide subsidy for private schools; state money to make a small dent in rising property taxes.
 
But it will take months to identify all the specifics.
 
That’s where you come in. It’s one thing to see a number on a page. It is quite another to understand the effect of a budget action across the state.

Who's Paying for Walker's Most Recent Photo Op?

Walker

 — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is headed to London for a trade mission that comes on the heels of a similar trip last week by another potential Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Walker's trip runs Monday through Friday. It's his second oversees trade mission and comes as he's tries to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

Walker's spokeswoman, Laurel Patrick, says the trip is primarily focused on "private meetings and factory tours focused on attracting foreign direct investment to Wisconsin." She calls it a business trip, "not a photo op."

More details about Walker's itinerary are expected to be released later Monday.

Walker's only known public event so far is a speech Wednesday at the Chatham House entitled, "Building Global Partnerships for Stronger Local Economies."

 

 

Another "Drafting Error"? Walker Also Deleted "Fair and Peaceful" From Labor Relations Statutes

Long before Scott Walker dusted off the statutes and tried to put "search for truth" and the rest of the Wisconsin Idea in the 'ol wood chipper, he successfully obliterated something almost as big: he deleted "fair and peaceful" and the rest of the Declaration of Policy for labor peace from the State Employment Labor Relations Act (SELRA), which was a general mission statement for how Wisconsin should deal with its public servants.

I know this going to shock you, but Wisconsin hasn't always had peaceful labor relations. Strikes and other labor unrest were common and a huge inconvenience to the public. Historically speaking, Wisconsin was home to the Bayview Massacre, where seven unarmed workers were shot and killed by the Wisconsin National Guard during protests for a little bitty thing called the eight hour workday.

To ensure that labor conflicts were resolved peacefully, Wisconsin passed a wide variety of laws and developed "suitable machinery for fair and peaceful adjustment of whatever controversies may arise."

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