Q & A:
Q. How does this person, Scott Walker - -
"I know that throughout my career - first in the Legislature, then as county executive and now for the last 10 months as governor - I live by the standards I got from my parents," said Walker, whose father was a Baptist minister. "Certainly, they got me to the rank of Eagle Scout, and I continue to have that kind of integrity."Q. Square with this person just a few years later - -
His sophomore year, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University (ASMU, the former title for Marquette Student Government). He was accused of violating campaign guidelines on multiple occasions.Q. To a reluctant Congressional witness forced to speak truthfully, under oath, before Congress - - Video here.
The Tribune reported then that he was found guilty of illegal campaigning two weeks before his candidacy became official. Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited.
Walker initially denied this but later admitted to the violation, which resulted in lost campaign privileges at the YMCA.
Q. And who now sports this track-record - -
"PolitiFact" has given Walker "mostly false" ratings. or worse, in 66%, or 24 of 36 statements vetted - - an ugly track record and the most such negatives for a Wisconsin figure this year.
He even earned a "false" rating twice in three days about that claim to have openly campaigned on his plan to go after collective bargaining - - here and here - - and, consider this:
Walker is without a PolitiFact "True," or "Mostly True"-rated statement since May 8th - - that's for just a fer days short of half a calendar year, and more than half the time he has served as Governor.Q. All the way to the present-day Walker, with his GOP thumb on the scales, as an election of his own making looms:
* They [Republicans] ran phony slates of Democrats in the Senate recall elections to confuse the electorate and game the calender for scheduling and fund-raising advantages.Q. In other words, what happened to this guy - - The Boy Scout-turned Eagle Scout turned self-described deeply religious and devout Christian who, every day, as he told the Christian Businessmen's Connection in a 2009 talk about his faith, is motivated by his Christian values - - audio here.
* They are moving to add burdensome notarization requirements to help make Scott Walker's recall more difficult - - even though Walker benefited from a traditional, unfettered, Constitutionally-guaranteed recall system in 2002 to become Milwaukee County Executive prior to his successful run for Governor last year.
* Now the Republicans are rushing forward with a plan by New Berlin Senator Mary Lazich - - no surprise there - - to undo part of a just-passed GOP-crafted redistricting plan because they see a fresher way to adjust election schedules, again in their favor, to hang on to a one-vote Senate majority.
Some months ago, I wrote that no one likes a cheater in politics, and I believe the GOP will get what's coming to it when these manipulations - - and don't forget the exclusionary goals of the Voter ID law take effect next year, too - - help the Recall Walker Movement gets its signatures.
Q. How can that person be responsible for actions, and deceptions that sparked even news about the poor and least among us, like this - -
Budget trims tax credit for working poor
Critics say proposal amounts to tax increase for some families
By Journal Sentinelof the
Q. Should we have a Governor that much at war with himself?Madison — Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget would reduce a tax credit program for many of the working poor by $41.3 million over two years - a change that critics say violates his pledge not to raise any taxes...
Walker's proposal also would stop the adjustment for inflation of the homestead tax credit, a change that would cost low-and moderate-income workers $8.1 million over two years.
"He is increasing taxes on the working poor," said Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now. "Where is the shared sacrifice? The wealthy, as always, are coming out ahead."
A. The contradiction, and downsides, are too great.
The recall process beginning 11/15 is Wisconsin's Constitutional way to fix it.