And while Walker's creation of a pro-worker campaign plank might be bogus, the author also adds:
When was the last time you heard a GOP presidential nominee talk about raising the incomes of American workers in a way that did not mention tax cuts?Oh, brother. I could see this coming a few days ago.
I think the op-ed writer wanted to write something provocative that tied together reflexive Republicans' trickle-down tax policies with their everyday, anti-immigration xenophobia, but ignoring Walker's known anti-worker track record undermines the op-ed's premise and ends up giving Walker way too much credit-by-omission.
The record shows that Walker is no friend of labor, nor is he some kind of stealth GOP populist.
Remember that little game Walker played when he went to Washington, DC shortly after his election and claimed to be a "progressive?"
Some progressive. Unmasked by then-Cong. Dennis Kucinich.
Walker has reduced corporate and high-earners' taxes, fed huge loans, grants and tax credits to favored businesses through a flawed new state development corporation and cut public workers take-home pay while capping their future raises at 1% annually through Act 10 which he dropped on workers without warning.
Walker does not believe in the minimum wage, so has steadfastly blocked any increase above Wisconsin's bottom-of-the-barrel $7.25/hr. rate, just signed a 'right-to-work' wage-depressing law covering all private sector unionized workers, and is all but certain to sign an emerging bill that will throw out Wisconsin's "prevailing wage" law and the family supporting pay it provides for workers on major projects.
Nor did the op-ed mention that virtually all the jobs created during Walker's first-term - - 100,000 fewer than promised - - have been concentrated in low-wage categories, data show, and that Wisconsin's job-creation now ranks 40th among the states.
Bottom line: Walker has done nothing to push for higher wages for workers.
He's trying in this case to be the ultra-rightist on immigration among the GOP presidential hopefuls while posing to gullible voters as a blue-collar Republican.
People need to see Walker and his manipulations for what they are.