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.