Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Scott Walker Really Despises Public-Sector Employees

It doesn't really tell us much about Scott Walker that he decided to pretend he was David Letterman by reading to his Gubernatorial staff a snotty Top Ten List about how you can tell if someone is a member of a public union.

People say a lot of negative, nasty, unfunny things in private, though we fairly hope our leaders don't spend their days talking like they were on a bar stool or auditioning for 'Show Some Disrespect.'

But it does tell us a lot about Walker that he put that Top Ten List-reading anecdote - -  along with the text of the list - - in his book-length, self-congratulatory presidential infomercial, that he wanted people who barely know him to see he's mean enough and risque enough to read out loud a 'you're-in-a-union' tip-off like this:

You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.
Oh, haha. You think?

The Journal Sentinel published the Top Ten list in the paper Monday.

Walker wants readers to know that he harbors, and will spread, as Governor, the stereotype that the men and women who have worked or still serve beneath him on the organizational charts are lazy, useless, criminal, Islamic rip-off artists.

People who educated his kids, paved and plowed the roads he drove to work, turned on the office lights, answered his phones, did his typing, hurried his photocopying, kept his travel schedules, maintained his calendars, stayed late at night or worked on the weekends for him, performed his research, patted him on the back, provided encouragement all the livelong day and probably did for him thousands of favors, personal chores and unacknowledged courtesies - - because he was a legislator, then County Executive, and now Governor.

And you, you underling?
 It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row.
You worker, whose union also won Walker decades of modern workplace benefits and privileges?
You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt.
And you are in deep denial if you let Walker get away with telling you it was all in good fun, that he was just helping the staff de-stress.

At whose expense?

Words have meaning. The Teflon shield should come down, now.

This is not a nice man, a good boss, a team player or leader or mature human being

Here is what he told his staff, and what he chose to tell readers of his book that he thinks of other citizens who work in public service for the same institutions as did and does he:
10.) You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better. 
9.) On a snow day when they say “non-essential” people should stay home you know who they mean. 
8.) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work. 
7.) It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row.
6.) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you. 
5.) You think the French are working themselves to death. 
4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe. 
3.) You spend more time at protest marches than at church. 
2.) You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt. 
1.) You pay more in union dues than you do for your health care insurance.


Sue said...

He read this to his staff?
His staff of public employees?

Sue said...

Oh, and I see he forgot to have his ghostwriter change "Democratic congressman" to "Democrat congressman". So it's not nearly as funny.

Anonymous said...

And he wonders why people are still showing up daily to protest his policies. Disrespect is a 2-way street and Walker is not hiding his disdain for public workers. Is it any wonder that they might try to undermine him in the course of their work?

Gareth said...

You man be a Scott Walker staffer if:

-You award grants of Federal money to your own company.

-You get a big pay raise through temporary promotion to a non-existent job.

-You think having an affair with a female staffer is a perk of the job.

-Your boss spends more time out of state than a rogue vinyl siding salesman.

-You once had to use a sand wedge to pry you boss's lips from David Koch's butt.

-You think increased traffic at food pantries is a sign the economy is turning around.

-You count new Cub Scouts in your employment statistics.

-You find it difficult to balance John Doe subpoenas and testimony with your family life.

-You have a defense attorney on speed dial.

-You have a Bible on your desk but haven't gotten to the New Testament yet.

etc. etc.

Anonymous said...

It's remarkable how consistent Walker is. Look at the editorial from the Marquette Tribune in February of 1988 (when the paper officially un-endorsed him for student president). Note how he treated his opponent then with distortions and demonizations:

...But Tuesday morning, a Scott Walker campaign brochure was distributed on campus which amounts to nothing more than a blatant mudslinging spree.

Walker's opponent is characterized misleadingly as "constantly shout(ing) about fighting the administration" as "threatening lawsuits" and as "try(ing) to lead several ineffective protests of his own." In short, the student body is asked to view Quigley as a wild-eyed radical determined to rouse the students into surrounding O'Hara Hall with stones and spears. His platform is caricatured as "just vague ideals."

...In our opinion, no one who responds to opposition by distorting (if not assassinating) the character of his opponent and making pouty accusations deserves to be president of the student body."

Anonymous said...

He continues to claim that he never demeaned teachers [public employees]. This is the bible toting, son of a preacher man who talks to GOD on a regular basis? I can only surmise that like all his conversations they are one way with him doing the talking rather than he doing the listening. My GOD must be shaking HIS head at how this compulsive liar is so wrapped up in his own rhetoric that he mistakes [believes] it as the truth.

Anonymous said...

More proof that Governor Poseur is a hollow, soul-less carcass. Those who share respect for others, garner respect for themselves. Those who choose to disrespect others, should likewise expect the same in return.

Boxer said...

Gareth--Well done!

I have only one item to add to your already-comprehensive, well-articulated list:
You may be a Walker staffer if 1) you're indicted by a Grand Jury or 2) if you're serving jail time for illegal campaigning while your boss remains free to roam about the country picking up checks at GOP fundraisers, Koch retreats and Tea Party rallies.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much James for spreading the word. The MJS has buried this story and didn't put ink to it either as far as I can see paging through the paper this morning. Push them on this.

Anonymous said...

With the looming teacher shortage in Wisconsin as a result of the significant enrollment drop in teacher education programs across Wisconsin (20-30% of pre-Act 10 enrollment numbers), EVERY potential teacher who is considering accepting a teaching job in Wisconsin should these comments by Governor Walker, and then RUN as far away from Wisconsin as possible.

The message for any young teacher or teaching candidate is crystal clear, "Life is short, don't waste your life in Wisconsin"

Thank you Scott Walker for being honest about your HATRED for teachers and all public employees in Wisconsin.

Anonymous said...

what a small pathetic man.