Saturday, July 25, 2015

WaPo Hate: Walker is Dangerous (to Big Everything)

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post published his latest Big Media screed against Scott Walker. The desperation of the personal and political attacks from Big Media, as well as Big Labor and Big Business, should show beyond any doubt that Scott Walker is indeed dangerous. . to every Big special interest taking advantage of individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the Little Guy in general.

Why Scott Walker is so dangerous


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Dana Milbank
Opinion writer   
— “First off,” Scott Walker proclaimed, “we took on the unions, and we won. We won!”

Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his candidacy. And on Thursday, he took a detour from the campaign trail to appear here before the annual meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of state legislators dedicated in large part to defeating unions.
Of course Walker talks about taking down the unions. His political as well as moral courage in taking down the collective bargaining units in Wisconsin, the heart of the progressive labor movement, commanded incredible respect and awe. I knew that Walker was presidential material the moment that he defeated the Big Labor cartels which had throttled business, investment, and individual liberty for decades.
ALEC, which inspired many of Walker’s anti-labor efforts in Wisconsin, drew several hundred union protesters as legislators arrived here this week for its annual conference — and this delighted Walker. “I understand you had a few protesters yesterday,” he told the conservative legislators. “For us, that’s just getting warmed up. That’s nothing. We got 100,000 protesters.”
Like many liberal journalists, Milbank plays the ALEC card. I guess they have grown tired of calling Walker a Koch Brothers puppet, especially since a number of Democrats have been outed for taking Koch Brother money. Not only that, but their efforts and policies support more libertarian causes. They are also pro-choice and pro gay marriage, views which align with the Democratic Party.

Walker then went on to celebrate his triumphs over the demonstrators who objected to his dismantling of Wisconsin’s public-sector unions, portraying the pro-union forces as violent thugs. “Those big government interests — they believe they can win by intimidating elected officials,” he said. “There were amazing things they did to try to intimidate us. The good news is we didn’t back down. We remembered the reason we were elected was not to serve the few in our state capitol, but to serve the masses.”

Excuse me? Walker did not portray the public sector unions cabal as thugs, as though they are not. Those unions are thugs, they are violent, fraudulent syndicates which lied about being sick so that they could avoid going to work and engage in non-stop protests at the Wisconsin state capital.

This is the essence of Walker’s appeal — and why he is so dangerous. He is not as outrageous as Donald Trump and Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but his technique of scapegoating unions for the nation’s ills is no less demagogic. Sixty-five years ago, another man from Wisconsin made himself a national reputation by frightening the country about the menace of communists, though the actual danger they represented was negligible. Scott Walker is not Joe McCarthy, but his technique is similar: He suggests that the nation’s ills can be cured by fighting labor unions (foremost among the “big government special interests” hurting America), even though unions represent just 11 percent of the American workforce and have been at a low ebb.

Oh, so Walker is now like Joe McCarthy, another Wisconsin Republican. McCarthy rooted out communistic elements in the United States federal government. Today, these elements still linger in the country through the "useful idiot" labor unions, especially the public sector unions. Any collective which forces people to join and pay, then force them to sit and watch as they spend their dues on candidates and causes which they do not support: that is the height of illiberal tyranny and must be stopped.
And Walker put a stop to it in his state.

Earlier this year, Walker likened the union protesters in Madison, Wisc., to the murderous Islamic State: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” Before that, he described public-sector union members as the “haves” taking advantage of the “have-nots” — the taxpayers.

No he did not. This is a false argument twisting the points which Walker made. "If I can take on labor unions, I can take on ISIS." In fact, Walker's win over the unions was harder fought, because he relied on the free, voluntary democratic process. To defeat terrorists, all it takes is guns and bombs. There is no need for persuasion of voters, along with legal demonstrations
For the record, labor unions have routinely restored to violent, illegal tactics in pursuit of their goals. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union killed "scabs" and shut down entire cities. They celebrate these atrocious deeds every year on "Bloody Thursday". As mentioned above, public sector unions are the dangerous element in many states. 

He denounced the protests against his efforts to undo the unions as “thuggery.” He described collective bargaining as a “corrupt system” and diagnosed union leaders as having a “sense of entitlement.” After beating public-sector unions and surviving recall, Walker this year signed anti-union Right-to-Work legislation. He has said he doesn’t think the minimum wage serves a purpose, and he has opposed prevailing-wage and living-wage requirements.

They are thugs. Period.
ALEC, which championed many of Walker’s anti-union policies, provided a friendly reception Thursday. ALEC official Leah Vukmir (R), a Wisconsin state senator, introduced him by talking about the “unhinged wrath of the forces” who opposed him, and their “unprecedented vile behavior.”
Not just ALEC, but every Alec, Arthur, Tom, Dick, Harry, Patty, Paul, Jodi etc. tired of Big Labor and Big Government working with Big Business to take advantage of the Little Guy -- all of us championed Scott Walker's pro-worker policies. Amazing yet not surprising, Milbank casts a negative slant on his successes: "anti-union". The truth is that if unions were doing their job, and properly representing the best interests of their members, then all of these reforms would not affect their standing and influence. Unions are not about workers, however, and they never really were. They are all about the union bosses and connected business interests which rely on this corrupt collusion with Big Government.

The bulk of Walker’s stump speech to the Koch-brothers-financed ALEC was about how his “big, bold reforms took the power out of the hands of big government special interests” — namely, unions. Left unmentioned: how his big, bold reforms produced only half the number of jobs he promised, and resulted in delayed debt payments and deep cuts to education to overcome a budget deficit.
Walker, describing the bargain shopping he does at Kohl’s department store, said he would do the same with taxes. Arguing that “few people could afford” high tax rates, he proposed that “we can lower the rates, broaden the base, and increase the value of people participating in our economy. Years ago, a plan like that worked pretty well . . . We called it the Laffer Curve back then. Today, I call it the Kohl’s curve.”

Walker asks Milbank and the Public Sector Unions. . .
Oh, there it is "Koch-brothers-financed ALEC". How sad. At least Milbank talked about Kohl's. Also missing from this report: the WaPo reported failed to admit that they had mishandled Walker's statement about buying his  sweater at the Wisconsin-based department store. He did buy it there, yet Big Media tried to make a big deal about it, as though he lied. Now, about job growth in the state of Wisconsin. Walker and his Republican colleagues have advanced pro-growth  policies as fast as they can in their state. No elected official can create jobs, but they can create conditions better for freedom of trade and promotion of growth. Furthermore, the union agitations in 2011 and 2012 hampered business development, plus decades of regulations and taxes frustrated small businesses and individual entrepreneurs in the Dairy State. Red State Walker had a lot of work ahead of him turning around blue state Wisconsin.

It was a zany analogy. Kohl’s offers discounted merchandise for middle and low-income consumers. The Laffer curve, as the basis for supply-side economics, meant huge tax breaks for the rich that never trickled down.
Petty editorializing. "Zany"? Why?

But deception is the demagogue’s tool. Walker spoke Thursday about “the death threats not just against me and my family but against our lawmakers,” and about the nails put in the driveway of one lawmaker to puncture his tires. Such behavior is beyond the pale — though hardly unique to Walker’s opponents. And some of Walker’s claims — including the alleged threat to “gut” his wife “like a deer” and of protesters “beating” and “rocking” a car he was in — could not be substantiated by independent authorities.

Now the bigger question: what deception? Scott Walker has been telling the truth and exposing the true face of Big Labor and other Big Interests hurting everyone else. Milbank puts up a bunch of strawmen arguments, but has nothing to back up his hollow assertions. I have never ready such over-heated illiberal rhetoric with such a separation from facts.
No wonder Justice Antonin Scalia stopped reading the Washington Post and denounced its journalism as "shrilly, shrilly liberal".

Such deception, however, is only in the service of the larger deceit at the core of his candidacy: By scapegoating toothless trade unions as powerful and malign interests, he enlists working people in his cause of aiding the rich and the strong.

Major correction needed her. Trade unions are toothless only because of Walker's steel resolve and the reforms which he and his legislative colleagues passed. Here, Milbank tried to portray them as the weak and beggarly element in the political process. After five  months of protests, including threats in front of Walker's family, plus the years of buying up support and getting laws passed which favored their narrow interests at the expense of the public interest, unions finally got beaten down.
Milbank's widely wild editorializing is desperate as well as shameful, deceptive and unserious. Walker is indeed dangerous, but not because of falsehood and fraud, but because of his frank truth-telling and reform-minded resolve to do what is right for Wisconsin and for the country.

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