Walker2016: @ScottWalker Expected To Bow Out

Just as I call an audible for being sick:

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Walker called a news conference in Madison at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Maybe this is for the best, but this saddens me to no end.

On paper, Gov. Scott Walker is the most qualified person running. He has done far more conservative government reform than everyone else running, combined. I am sure other GOP Governors running put forth reforms in their state, but not on the scale Scott Walker did. In a better and saner world, he would be leading the GOP polls everywhere right now.

Gov. Scott Walker has nothing to be ashamed of here. He ran a clean campaign on the issues and his record. Walker also didn’t go down the populist path. If people don’t see him as the President they need, then I guess they don’t deserve him.

People say Gov. Scott Walker should be Labor Secretary. If I was advising him, I would tell Walker not to act so fast on that front. He is still Wisconsin’s governor and there are no term limits in Wisconsin. Scott Walker should stick it out as Wisconsin governor as long as they will have him. There’s no hurry to get to the wretched hive of scum and villainy that everyone calls Washington DC.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Walker2016: @ScottWalker Takes On The Lying Liar

Do we really need introductions or a set-up? Let’s not delay and go right to film:

Major props to Scott Walker for leaving that lying SOB in the video. His team could have cut him out, but they left him in to show how much of a fool The Don really is. Scott Walker and his team is clearly unintimidated by a clown show.

How do I know The Don is a lying liar? Because even PolitiFact has to bow to Gov. Scott Walker’s winning record in Wisconsin:

Then Trump said: “But when the folks of Iowa found out the true facts of the job that you’ve done in Wisconsin, all of a sudden … he was No. 1 and now he’s No. 6 or seven in the polls. So, look, we brought it out, you were supposed to make a billion dollars in the state. You lost 2.2 — you have right now, a huge budget deficit.”

Boiled down, that’s essentially the same claim Trump made in Iowa in July 2015, when he said — mixing apples and oranges — that under Walker, Wisconsin “projected a $1 billion (budget) surplus and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion.” Our rating was Mostly False.

In early 2014, there was a projection of a $1 billion surplus in the state budget heading into the 2015-’17 budget period. Late in 2014, there was a projection of a $2.2 billion shortfall — the difference between expected revenues and the amount of money being requested by state agencies. But the shortfall was never a deficit — and some of the surplus was consciously spent by Republicans, as tax cuts.

No matter how you cut it, The Don can’t make up facts. Now responding to The Don, Scott Walker noted:

“We balanced a $3.6 billion budget deficit, we did it by cutting taxes — $4.7 billion to help working families, family farmers, small business owners and senior citizens. And it’s about time people in America stand up and take note of this.”

Walker’s first claim was similar to one he made in 2013, when he said: “The $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus.” Our rating on the 2013 statement was Half True. Walker cited accurate or close-to-accurate numbers that showed a turnaround from red to black during his first two years as governor. But his claim had a context problem because it mixed two different ways to define the size of the turnaround. When viewed properly, the turnaround fell a little short of what he said.

As for the claim of cutting taxes by $4.7 billion as governor, we’ve rated that True.

So while The Don is making False statements, Gov. Scott Walker is making True statements about his record. It would make sense that a cheating and lying brat would support The Don.

I don’t know about you, but I think real leaders don’t need to lie in order to win. Real winners who walk the walk need only to tell the truth. Governor Scott Walker is the winning leader we need now more than ever. That is why I support a conservative with a proven record of reform.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Walker2016: Choice Between ¡YEB! Or The Troll Is A False Choice

I am flabbergasted. I just got done with a debate over the Troll. When I got done poking all kinds of holes in this person’s theory that The Troll is a conservative (See: Conservatives Have Discarded Their Principles Overnight), this person just blurts out: “I’m not voting for ¡YEB!”

I was floored. I had not once mention ¡YEB! or any other candidate. I asked this person if ¡YEB! was the only other choice besides The Troll and they responded that was where they thought I was going. I told them that the choice between ¡YEB! or The Troll is a false choice, much like Obama’s Iran Deal or war with Iran. There is a better Iran Deal out there, just like there is a better person to be the GOP candidate.

I told them that I thought the better choice is Gov. Scott Walker. Despite all his missteps, I do still support Walker. It is Scott Walker’s leadership in turning Wisconsin around, is what I like about him the most. And I believe without a shadow of a doubt that Scott Walker is conservative. He quite literally remade Wisconsin.

On top of everything, Gov. Scott Walker didn’t have a filibuster proof legislature. If you will remember, a lot of Democrats (The Wisconsin 14) skipped the entire state to prevent the vote. Walker and the legislature finally found a way to pass Act 10. That’s a better “can-do” attitude than our current GOP leaders in Washington DC can give. This is why I keep harping on the leadership aspect of which Scott Walker brings to the table.

Is he imperfect? Yes, but that just makes him real. I haven’t agree or supported everything he has done, but some of the big important things for me (defunding Plan Parenthood and broken the backs of Union Thugs, in what used to be one of the bluest states ever) took leadership and guts of steel.

Is he boring? I don’t know. I find him endlessly fascinating myself. Maybe he doesn’t have the cult of personality around him like Obama does, but that just means he knows his shit stinks.

There is a better choice out there. And I believe that is Scott Walker.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Walker2016: About @ScottWalker’s #DayOnePatientFreedom Plan

…It’s not bad. Here, let Gov. Scott Walker explain the “Day One Patient Freedom” Plan himself:

Look, I will freely admit that Gov. Walker isn’t the most exciting speaker. However I am looking for a real conservative leader who has gotten real reform done. The Cult Of Personality has been done already and THAT is what actually bores me to death.

Gov. Scott Walker is right. Talk is cheap. We keep hearing talk about “Repeal And Replace” ObamaCare. Then when asked “With what?” people run away with the sidestep. Walker is instead stepping up to the plate and is showing you where he stands. Agree or disagree, at least Scott Walker is putting this thing out there. Well here, CNN breaks down some key points:

“People all across this country are fed up with Washington, I feel your pain, I’m fed up with Washington, too,” (Wisconsin Governor Scott) Walker said. “I think about this, we were told by Republican leaders during the campaign cycle last year that we just needed a Republican Senate to be elected to repeal Obamacare. Well here we sit, you know both chambers of the United States Congress have been controlled since January by Republicans and yet there’s not a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare.”

Walker, who has argued throughout the campaign that he is best positioned to win conservative reforms in Washington, recounted taking on legislative Republicans in Wisconsin when he won his first term as governor.

“I said to them the voters had told us they wanted is to be big and be bold,” Walker said. “As you can imagine, at the time, there were some Republican lawmakers who were kind of uneasy with the idea of taking on the status quo. I said it’s put up or shut up time.” …

One of the central elements of the Walker proposal replaces the Obama weath-based subsidies for health plans with flat tax credits, ranging between $900 and $3,000 per person, based on their age.

The Walker proposal, the first major policy rollout from his campaign, calls for “capped allotments” to states for some parts of Medicaid while allowing acute care payments to continue uncapped.

…in his 13-page policy outline, that he would eliminate all taxes associated with the federal Affordable Care Act and pay for his plan’s costs through savings made from reforming and streamlining federal government.

“To offset these improvements, we would simplify and reform how the federal government helps people access health insurance,” Walker writes in his plan. “We would empower states to run Medicaid in a way that is more effective, efficient, and accountable, and work with Congress to reform the way the tax code treats gold-plated, employer-sponsored health care plans.”

I would put in “Loser Pay” tort reform in there as well, but I am on board. I am sure there are details to be work out.

Ace, with the help of Charles Krauthammer, breaks it down further:

Charles Krauthammer explains (on the 6:000 Fox news show) that this is essentially a grant of catastrophic care insurance, for big, unexpected and high health costs, but leaves it to everyone to either pay for more routine costs out of pocket or with their own health plan.

Eh, kinda the version of “free health care” that I find the least objectionable, and the least disastrous.

Yeah, I can dig it too. Conservatives, including me, have been pushing for this kind of grants to states for catastrophic care insurance. So I don’t know what Ace finds objectionable about this at all. We have been asking for this and Governor Scott Walker has basically put out his plan to get this done.

Don’t also be shocked when Scott Walker says he is “unintimidated” by anyone, because that is the name of his awesome book!

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: Gov. @ScottWalker’s Adult Answer

I was watching Governor Scott Walker’s RSG16 Speech and then half-way through the Q&A part, one of his answers jumped out at me. That biased fat jerk known as Erick Erickson asked Scott Walker about how the MSM is going after the fact that Walker doesn’t have a college. Walker challenged Erickson that he dare ask the question and then Walker dismissed the MSM’s elitism.

Oh wait, NONE of that happen:

Full Video

You see, this is how a mature adult answers a question. Say what you will about Governor Scott Walker being boring, but he is at least trying to communicate to us his record and what he wants to do in a mature way. Walker won’t talk down to you or try to sell that he’s a victim. He’s not whining that he was in third place in the debate or that the MSM is “unfair” to him. Walker can get down and dirty in the gutter, but leaders and winners don’t have to demand respect by being rude and crude.

Governor Scott Walker’s actions as governor speaks louder than a college degree or billions of dollars. He can give a barn burner of a speech when he wants to, but it is his leadership as Wisconsin’s governor is what impresses me the most.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: @ScottWalker’s #IranNuclearDeal Position

I was writing this article yesterday to address this topic, when Allahpundit wrote this article and dared me, DARED ME, to quote him. Or was that the voice in my head? Whichever:

This sounds to me like one of those disagreements that tend to pop up in primaries where two candidates with verrrrry similar views on a policy try to sharpen up their differences by digging in on a proxy issue instead. Is the Iran agreement bad? Terrible, says (JEB) Bush; awful, says (Scott) Walker. Should it be rolled back? Most definitely, says Bush; you betcha, says Walker. When should it be rolled back? Aha – Walker wants to get cracking on January 20th, 2017 while Bush is content to wait until March 2017 or so, when his Secretaries of State and Defense have been confirmed. You can understand why they’d split on that point. Bush wants to show voters that he’s more deliberate on foreign interventions than his brother was – even though George W. waited weeks after 9/11 to invade Afghanistan and then waited for an AUMF from Congress before going to the UN on Iraq. Walker, meanwhile, wants to reassure righties concerned about his lack of foreign policy expertise that he’s so on the ball when it comes to Iran, so keenly aware of the danger that nuclearization poses, that he’d be prepared to skip the inauguration balls if need be to plan an air attack instead. Essentially, he’s signaling knowledge and competence here by stressing his commitment to early action.

Damn you, Allahpundit, for writing a better summation than I could ever write!

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate populism. It is nasty and often just full of emotion. There is no policy, only a talking point to get votes. However I am forgiving the “populist” talking point and I’m siding with Scott Walker here for a number of reasons.

The first of which, Iran is causing most of the blood shed in the Middle East right now. They should be considered a rouge terrorist state and we should have no dealings with them whatsoever. There is no debate that Iran is a bad actor and Gov. Scott Walker isn’t going to pretend otherwise. Waiting and quibbling about “when” you are going to tear up the deal only shows indecisiveness.

Iran often chants “Death To America/Israel” and they are still doing it even after the deal was made. So I am not willing to wait around to see if they will make good on that threat. I am assuming Gov. Scott Walker doesn’t want to find out either.

I mean, come on! Even Sec. John Kerrey is upset at the comments:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear programme was “very disturbing”.

“I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were “180 degrees” opposed to Iran’s, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

But Sec. John Kerrey and President Barack Obama are going full speed on this deal! What?! No!! Really bad idea, you guys!!

They kidnapped our people for 444 days, the Quds Force killed our people in Iraq, and that was just the beginning of the death and murder they have cause up until this point. They are pretty much the embodiment of “Death Here On Earth” right now and we are handing them the keys to Nuclear Armament. There is no waiting about tearing up this “non-binding” agreement and Governor Scott Walker understands this fact. Walker should then go to Jordan, Kurdistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and forge his own agreement. Get peace deal with Israel and the rest of them, then ask what weapons, intelligence, and money they will all need to defeat these Shi’ite motherfuckers once and for all. I would tell them they will get UNLIMITED support in defeating Sunni extremism too.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: @ScottWalker Gets #EducationReform In #Wisconsin Budget

I love the smell of liberal tears in the morning. It smells like …victory.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is poised to win a huge victory on education… The two-year, $73 billion budget approved Thursday makes a host of changes Walker has sought in the realm of education. Wisconsin’s school voucher program is expanded, and $250 million in funding is taken from the University of Wisconsin. That’s down from the $300 million cut Walker originally sought, but still a substantial haircut.

Bowing to the fait accompli, later on Thursday the University of Wisconsin approved its own budget, implementing the big cuts expected of it. About 400 positions will be laid off or will go unfilled, and the university’s budgets no money for pay hikes. The school’s situation is made tougher because the legislature has also frozen in-state tuition.

Awww… Poor millionaire University of Wisconsin (UW). Gov. Scott Walker cut $250 Million out of their $6.399 Billion dollar budget. To put that in perspective, that was a 3.9% haircut. And UW can’t raise in-state tuition on the students, which already ranges from $12,394 to $33,513.

It is the end of the world everyone! Time to run around like chickens with our heads cut off!

But that is only half of this awesome story:

(Gov. Scott) Walker’s push to slash spending at U-Wisconsin has received the most press, but his push to alter tenure may have the biggest long-term implications. Until now, tenure for professors at the University of Wisconsin has been protected by statute (Wisconsin is the only state with such a law). Now, that protection has been eliminated, leaving it up to the school’s board of regents to decide whether professors have tenure.

Not only that, but tenure itself has been weakened so that it doesn’t offer the protections it once did. Previously, only “financial exigency” (an urgent budget shortfall) could justify the firing of a tenured professor. Now, tenured professors may also be laid off whenever it is “deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision regarding program discontinuance, curtailment, modification, or redirection.”

You mean, Professors will now have to justify their existence to their bosses like the Avenge Joe does? How savagely cruel! How primitive and unsophisticated! It’s barbaric, I tell you! *faints*

Actually, this is why we need a leader like Governor Scott Walker in the White House. He sets out to get things done and gets them done. Walker will bend a little without compromising. He was in Madison, where he should be, getting a the deal done.

Stuff like this is why I support Scott Walker. Okay, so I don’t agree with him completely and he has done things to miff me. But, overall, Scott Walker excites me. The left threw everything at the man, up to a literal kitchen sink, and he won three elections in just four years. Walker fuels my imagination of a better tomorrow and he’s a winner. What more can you ask for in a candidate?

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: @ScottWalker’s #Leadership Skills

People who know me know I will rail against Corporate Welfare, where the government just gives businesses money for nothing. Like a sport team’s stadiums:

Taxpayers would pick up half the cost of a new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks under a financial deal that would rely on current and former team owners for the rest, Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday.

Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has argued for months that it will cost the state more in lost income-tax revenue if the NBA moves the team from Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena.

Standing behind a podium with a sign that read, “Cheaper to Keep Them,” he announced the long-awaited deal surrounded by Republican legislative leaders, along with the Democratic leaders of the city and Milwaukee County.

“The price of doing nothing is not zero. It’s $419 million,” Walker said, one of repeated references to the estimated lost revenue and growth over 20 years if the team moves. “It’s not just a good deal. It’s a really bad deal if we don’t do anything.”

Jazz Shaw breaks down how much debt Wisconsin is going in for:

Wisconsin would issue $55 million in bonds (which, with interest, would cost $80 million to pay back.) Milwaukee would have to kick in $47 million and the county would need to issue $55 million in bonds. The Wisconsin Center District would issue an additional $93 million in bonds as well.

But despite the debt, they are only going to raise taxes targeted on those who benefitted the most for the Milwaukee Bucks staying in town:

Allowing the center to issue those bonds would require the Legislature and Walker to change state law to extend the district’s repayment period.

The district levies three taxes in Milwaukee County: 3 percent on car rentals, 2.5 percent on hotel rooms and a half-percent on restaurant food and beverage sales. Current law allows the district to increase the rental car tax to 4 percent and the hotel tax to 3 percent. If that is done, Walker has argued, it wouldn’t be a new tax.

Technically true, but it is still a tax hike. Just own it.

Now I am not saying this is a good deal and I roll my eyes when sport teams blackmail for a new stadium. The Milwaukee Bucks could have easily been bluffing just to get Wisconsin to pay for it all, but I’m sympathetic to Gov. Scott Walker here. If the Milwaukee Bucks had packed up and left, then the impact on all job loses would be blamed on him.

Instead of running out the clock and hoping for the best, Walker went in to negotiate a deal that got everyone’s nose bloody (including a 50% buy-in from the Milwaukee Bucks). A Democratic governor would have put Wisconsin on the hook for 100% of the stadium and just raised taxes on the rich without a second thought. However instead of raising everyone’s taxes, they are only raising targeted taxes for those who benefit. Tourists who come in for a Milwaukee Bucks game are more likely to pay those taxes. And to top everything off, he got approval from both Republicans and Democrats lawmakers.

I am impressed with Gov. Scott Walker’s leadership skills here. Walker is one to shape events and not let events shape him. That is what I am looking for right now and why I support Governor Scott Walker for POTUS.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: #Immigration Difference Between @RickSantorum And @ScottWalker Is Clear

If you know anything about me, is that I hate populism with a white hot passion. It is cheap one-liners to move people’s emotions and it doesn’t advance a policy whatsoever. This is populism in it’s most ugly form, fearmongering:

Speaking at a manufacturing firm in Cabot, Pennsylvania, (Rick) Santorum described the economic troubles his home state has experienced for decades. “In the late 70s, like many of you, we saw the economic devastation here in southwestern Pennsylvania and across this country, particularly in the area of manufacturing, as a result of the excesses and indifference of big labor, big government, and yes, big business,” Santorum said. “We lost 100,000 jobs in what seemed to be overnight. That has to, and did, leave a mark on all of us.”

Part of the problem, Santorum said, has been the arrival of millions of unskilled immigrants – legal and illegal – in the United States. “American workers deserve a shot at [good] jobs,” Santorum said. “Over the last 20 years, we have brought into this country, legally and illegally, 35 million mostly unskilled workers. And the result, over that same period of time, workers’ wages and family incomes have flatlined.”

Then Byron York notes Gov. Scott Walker’s immigration comment:

Several weeks ago, a (Rick) Santorum rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, stirred controversy when he said the next president and Congress “need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.” Even the suggestion of limiting legal immigration beneath its present level – Walker didn’t actually say he would – was enough to cause significant arguments in Republican circles.

There is a clear stark difference here between Scott Walker and Rick Santorum being played out. One is outlining an immigration policy and the other fearmongering for votes. I’ll give you one good guess who is going the fearmongering.

Scott Walker wants to take the American worker/wages into account to set immigration. Walker wasn’t attacking current immigrants (legal or illegal), for one, nor was he saying he would necessarily limit legal immigration (which Byron York rightly notes). Walker just wants to put Americans first when setting immigration levels. He was setting up part of a policy that would guide how President Walker would deal with immigration. There is nothing wrong with that.

However former Sen. Rick Santorum plays, what I like to call, the “other” fearmongering card. This is where someone else (the “other”), and not you, is the problem. Santorum just says out-loud that all immigrants are the problem. To solidified his own ignorance, Santorum lays the “unskilled” card on as well. There are plenty of “unskilled” Americans too, so Sen. Santorum better fucking check himself and soon.

My grandmother is an immigrant from Canada and a naturalized American. Scott Walker would be looking after her if she was still working as well as millions more. So of course I found what Rick Santorum said highly distasteful, thinking my grandmother is the problem. Santorum’s brand of fearmongering populism should be denounced using the strongest possible terms.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: I Cannot Defend @ScottWalker Here

Look, I am a huge fan of Gov. Scott Walker, which makes this painful to write. However it must be said and I hope Scott Walker or his campaign doesn’t take this personally. There is an open invitation for Scott Walker to come onto the podcast, just email me and we’ll set it up.

As Allahpundit notes: Gov. Walker is daring a “reverse Giuliani” strategy here, competing in every damn state except Florida.


“If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are,” Walker said, suggesting that the expensive contest could equalize the money gap between himself and the better-funded Bush.

“Some of the polls essentially tied and they’re going to eat up a good amount of that financial advantage that Gov. Bush is going to have,” he added, noting that incumbent Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign spent about $100 million in 2014. “A good chunk of that will be going up to the Florida primary.”

Look, like Allahpundit, I understand the thought process here. They want to let Bush and Rubio bloody themselves senseless in the primary here over 99 delegates. This is a big state and possible money hole to any campaign. Bush and Rubio are the “sons of Florida” and thus would be next to impossible to beat. I understand this and consigned to the fact that one will win a March 15, 2016, winner take all primary. I would be thinking about doing the same thing too.

But to say it out loud? Walker needs to fire that handler who allowed him to say that live and on air. I don’t care how logical it sounded in Walker’s head, we are not much of a logical lot down here and it sounds like he is dismissing Florida altogether (even if it is far from the truth). You also can’t slight any state because the internet will pass along what you say to everyone. I am outright flabbergasted candidates doesn’t understand that yet.

Let me give the Scott Walker Campaign some free advice: You’ve done fucked up. Do not walk it back, because it will just seem like you guys are pandering. Instead modify it by noting you are competing for third place in order to get to know Florida, even if it is a bald-face lie. Set-up a token campaign office in, let’s say for an example, Gainesville and start mining information on the northern conservative vote. Make a few token ad buys and, while Bush and Rubio kill themselves over Immigration and Common Core, talk about stuff that really matters to Floridians. Of course I am talking about Tourism, Agriculture, and NASA* (think of it as Tits, Ass, and NASA*). In other words, jobs! This way you can come in strong here when the general election rolls around.

Well, see ya’ later!

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