Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Deciphering Gov. Molotov's proverbial stuff

We know Walker can read cue cards when being filmed for a TV spot, and we also know he can get his Biblical verses mixed up with Chinese proverbs after botching some pretty mainstream Hebrew.

But why can't he think clearly and understandably on his feet? Staff has prepped and rehearsed and filled him with one-liners and key words, but why does he have so much trouble when it's time to roll out the words? Examples:


You look at his [Jeb Bush's] past as governor and the stuff he talks about, he often has a whole theme of things he does. And I think it's as simple as that."
On how he would resolve the problem of the estimated 12 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, he said he’d “leave that up to the people who are running for federal office or in federal office to decipher.”
Asked if he believed Saudi Arabia was a free and open country and what he made of the United States' relationship with that country [as opposed to Cuba], Walker said: "They're making a few moves right now but those are things that can be easily altered, at least in terms of Cuba. In terms of Saudi Arabia, we haven't — those are things I guess folks at the federal level would ultimately have to comment on in terms of whether its consistency or not.
Forced to think on his feet, Walker stumbled in Friday's debate by saying the state doesn't have a jobs problem, when in fact it has several: job growth in the bottom one-third of the states, lagging national performance, and a pivotal 250,000 new jobs promise only 40% met.
A condescending and intellectually dishonest Walker is saying we you have a "work problem," so you lazy jobless people - - it's your fault if you haven't grabbed one of the low-wage jobs he 'created.'

But in an interview with the Journal Sentinel on Friday, Walker signaled he would be unlikely to take the full [Medicaid] expansion but was considering steps short of that to reduce the uninsured population in the state. 
"I think there's more than just a black or white," he said of a Medicaid expansion. "I think there's variations."
MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says a liberal organization is "grasping at straws" by accusing him of rejecting the federal expansion of Medicaid as a favor to the insurance industry.  
But in denying the allegation, Gov. Walker's answers on the subject provided only more confusion...
Citizen Action officials believe there's no doubt Gov. Walker's made his decision to benefit the insurance companies who donated to his campaign.   When asked about that specific allegation Monday afternoon, Gov. Walker seemed to be at a rare loss for words
"Actually if you think about it, its just the opposite," said Gov. Walker.  "It means fewer people would be on insurance actually, if...in the end...if there were...more people there they'd be under Medicaid.  It's not a, for us, it has no decision one way or the other."
To clear up that answer, 27 News specifically asked the Governor if he was saying insurance companies did not benefit at all from his Medicaid decision, even though it meant more customers for them.
"In the end, I'm saying you had people before that were on a wait list.  Those weren't folks that were affected one way or another by insurance out there. The fact is they weren't, to my knowledge, they haven't lobbied me personally or anybody in my administration on this," said Gov. Walker.

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