Imagine if Barack Obama said the following after being asked who would lose if he became President:
“It will simply be the loser we saw in three of the last four elections for Governor of Wisconsin: the big-government special interests. The big-government special interests in Washington, we took the power out of their hands. They’re the ones that came to Wisconsin four years ago and tried to shut us down, they’re the ones that tried to recall me, they’re the ones who tried to shut me down.”
Okay, so Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, said this during the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit. Doesn’t sound so bad does it? A lot of us on the left and the right are tired of powerful Washington special-interest groups (lobbyists) who line the pockets of politicians. But once you the past the fluff of such a generic, political answer, you’ll realize exactly who Walker is talking about.
If you know Scott Walker, you’ll know that he is one of the most rabid union-haters in America. Now, when Walker said, “It will simply be the loser we saw in three of the last four elections for Governor of Wisconsin,” who was he talking about? Well, in the 2006 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jim Doyle, a union supporter, won. In 2010, union-hating Scott Walker won. In the 2012 recall election, Walker sadly won. In the 2014 election, Walker won against union supporter Mary Burke.
“…they’re the ones that tried to recall me, they’re the ones who tried to shut me down,” Walker said on camera. Who were responsible for bringing up the recall election? None other than the unions. See, it’s starting to make sense now. What Scott Walker calls “big-government special interests,” we call the backbone of the American worker.
According to a study from the Pew Research Center:
“…starting in the mid- to late 1970s, the uppermost tier’s income share began rising dramatically, while that of the bottom 90% started to fall. ….[UC-Berkley Economics Professor Emmanuel Saez’s] preliminary estimates for 2012 (which will be updated next month) have [the 1%] receiving nearly 22.5% of all pretax income, while the bottom 90%’s share is below 50% for the first time ever (49.6%, to be precise).”
And what is a major contributor to this? The destruction of unions and collective bargaining rights.
Now the reason I asked for you to imagine Obama saying this is because had he done so, the GOP would have accused him of launching a war on the American worker. They would drag him through the mud fir even thinking of such a thing. But since it’s Scott Walker, a darling of the Koch Brothers mega political machine, he’s in the right (no pun intended).
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