Governor of the Year: Scott Walker (Governors Journal)

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    Dec 23, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    http://governorsjournal.com/2011/12/governor-of-the-year-scott-walker/

    (Madison, WI) – In 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker(R) served as the embodiment of the state by state battle to balance budgets and the best symbol of the struggle between the two political parties about how best to meet those fiscal challenges. His first year will extend well into his second year, quite likely culminating in a recall election to remove him from office.

    He has dominated the political debate on both sides. Defining the issues. He is cited by both Democrats and Republicans as the best of example of what is wrong, or what is right with a conservative approach to government. Although they will never admit it, many Democratic governors are different from Walker only in a matter of degrees.

    Nearly every governor, regardless of party, began the year saying the current path of expensive pension and benefit packages for public employees is unsustainable. The way the issue exploded in Wisconsin is as much a function of the legal and legislative tools at Walker’s disposal as it is about the specific route he chose to take.

    This is why Governors Journal has selected Scott Walker as the 2011 Governor of the Year.

    It is not accurate to say Scott Walker launched an unannounced attack on public employees. For decades, state and local government leaders have complained about government employee unions: Collective bargaining, growing benefit packages, under-funded pension systems and binding arbitration. The warning siren had howled.

    As Idaho Governor Butch Otter(R) observed in one interview this year, the changes that occurred in 2011 could not have happened in the absence of the national economic collapse. In politics, things change when a crisis necessitates change.

    That was the case this year in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Years of complaining about the problem led to action in state after state. Walker was faced with a larger crisis in Wisconsin, in large part, because the unions fighting his proposal to curtail collective bargaining rights had the help of a small group of Senate Democrats who fled the state, preventing a vote, for several weeks, as pro-union forces took over the Capitol in support.

    Eventually Walker prevailed. In an ironic twist, the union organized Madison melodrama may have helped efforts to curtail union rights and benefit packages in other states, where reforms slipped in under the radar.

    The union cause had one victory this year when voters over turned Walker style reforms in Ohio. Just a few weeks later, public employees suffered another defeat in Rhode Island, where a heavily Democratic legislature, working with Governor Lincoln Chafee(I), enacted what is considered the most sweeping pension reform in the country.

    Now on to 2012. Walker is facing a well organized and well funded movement to recall him from office. Democrats and unions have teamed up and seem well on their way to gathering the signatures they need(540,000) to force an election.

    Walker is raising money himself and has begun a campaign to defend his record and hold onto his office through 2014. Next to the presidential race, if the recall election takes place, it may be the biggest political story in the country in the coming year.

    But consider this. Even if Walker is removed from office, he still wins the debate. Any setback will be temporary. Pension reforms are a reality. California is next.

    Walker, heralded as a “hero” of the conservative cause, will be in Washington in two months to address the American Conservative Union. If he comes out on top, in a special election, he is a right wing political star. If he loses, he is a political martyr, but still a star. What Walker represents – the idea behind his policies – cannot be killed even if he is temporarily removed from office.
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    Dec 23, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    Ain't that nice

    Now he can put that plaque right next to his Certificate of recall icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 23, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    Governor of the year for sure...He def. dominates the debates, I mean he doesn't allow debating...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZALlaMA9b0&feature=related

    BTW that article is full of BS lies
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    Dec 23, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    If I could choose any governor in this country to represent my state it would be Governor Walker. He cares about the state and doesn't want to suffer the same fate as California, Rhode Island, Illinois and other blue states that have spent their way into the ground while taxing people to death.
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    Dec 24, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidIf I could choose any governor in this country to represent my state it would be Governor Walker. He cares about the state and doesn't want to suffer the same fate as California, Rhode Island, Illinois and other blue states that have spent their way into the ground while taxing people to death.


    LOL .... and he can put that Little Soliloquy right NEXT to the Plaque and the Recall Notice icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 24, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidIf I could choose any governor in this country to represent my state it would be Governor Walker. He cares about the state and doesn't want to suffer the same fate as California, Rhode Island, Illinois and other blue states that have spent their way into the ground while taxing people to death.


    There's at least 500,000+ Wisconsinites who would love to fulfill your wish.
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    Dec 24, 2011 5:44 AM GMT
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    CHRISTOPHER34 saidIf I could choose any governor in this country to represent my state it would be Governor Walker. He cares about the state and doesn't want to suffer the same fate as California, Rhode Island, Illinois and other blue states that have spent their way into the ground while taxing people to death.


    There's at least 500,000+ Wisconsinites who would love to fulfill your wish.


    Would that include the made up Wisconsinites that were created for the purposes of the recall efforts?
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    Dec 24, 2011 5:44 AM GMT
    popostylz saidGovernor of the year for sure...He def. dominates the debates, I mean he doesn't allow debating...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZALlaMA9b0&feature=related

    BTW that article is full of BS lies


    I am curious - I don't know anything about Governors Journal - but which are lies?
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    Dec 24, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    mke_bt said
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidIf I could choose any governor in this country to represent my state it would be Governor Walker. He cares about the state and doesn't want to suffer the same fate as California, Rhode Island, Illinois and other blue states that have spent their way into the ground while taxing people to death.


    There's at least 500,000+ Wisconsinites who would love to fulfill your wish.


    Would that include the made up Wisconsinites that were created for the purposes of the recall efforts?


    Yeah, whatever. Why would someone who wants to recall the gov. sign a fake name? Any fake names would be from someone who wants to screw up the petitions. Each petitioner checks for questionable signatures before turning them in. There are numerous checks and balances. Trust me, I've turned in 700 signatures myself.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    LOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    There are no 460,000 bad signatures, so you might want to give up that ghost.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
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    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


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    Jan 27, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


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    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidIf I could choose any governor in this country to represent my state it would be Governor Walker. He cares about the state and doesn't want to suffer the same fate as California, Rhode Island, Illinois and other blue states that have spent their way into the ground while taxing people to death.


    That one of many..... Mitch Daniels, Rick Snyder, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Jan Brewer etc. We have an abundance of fine republican governors and the economic situation in their states are showing it.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


    tumblr_lflmzvZ3n31qa8jip.gif

    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.


    When does the left ever get anything right?
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


    tumblr_lflmzvZ3n31qa8jip.gif

    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.


    Which of my predictions were incorrect? I said Walker would be recalled and he has been.

    What else you got?
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


    tumblr_lflmzvZ3n31qa8jip.gif

    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.


    Which of my predictions were incorrect? I said Walker would be recalled and he has been.

    What else you got?


    That didn't require any form of predictive talent - I don't think however he will actually lose the re-election. You thought among other things that the Democrats wouldn't do so badly during the midterms, that the healthcare bill would be more popular than it was after its passing, among others including that the Republicans would lose control in Wisconsin after the last set of recalls. Unfortunately I don't think enough of your trite to actually bookmark and track it all but I'm sure you can bother to look at it yourself.
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    Jan 27, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
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    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


    tumblr_lflmzvZ3n31qa8jip.gif

    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.


    Which of my predictions were incorrect? I said Walker would be recalled and he has been.

    What else you got?


    That didn't require any form of predictive relevance. You thought among other things that the Democrats wouldn't do so badly during the midterms, that the healthcare bill would be more popular than it was after its passing, among others. Unfortunately I don't think enough of your trite to actually bookmark and track it all but I'm sure you can bother to look at it yourself.


    Every element of the healthcare bill is popular except the mandate, so you can suck that.

    And Democrats have won every special election since the midterms, so I just underestimated the time it would take for the American people to realize that the Tea Baggers were actually Douche Baggers.

    I predict now (in a rare moment of agreement with Anne Coulter) that Romney will be the candidate and Obama will win.
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    Jan 27, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


    tumblr_lflmzvZ3n31qa8jip.gif

    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.


    Which of my predictions were incorrect? I said Walker would be recalled and he has been.

    What else you got?


    That didn't require any form of predictive relevance. You thought among other things that the Democrats wouldn't do so badly during the midterms, that the healthcare bill would be more popular than it was after its passing, among others. Unfortunately I don't think enough of your trite to actually bookmark and track it all but I'm sure you can bother to look at it yourself.


    Every element of the healthcare bill is popular except the mandate, so you can suck that.

    And Democrats have won every special election since the midterms, so I just underestimated the time it would take for the American people to realize that the Tea Baggers were actually Douche Baggers.

    I predict now (in a rare moment of agreement with Anne Coulter) that Romney will be the candidate and Obama will win.

    You can predict whatever you want. Coulter only said Romney would lose because she preferred Christie. This week she has stated Romney is electable.
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    Jan 27, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    jock_1 saidLOL, trust me, there will be thousands of signatures thrown out for numerous violations for both the gov. recall and senators recall


    I expect that the recall will happen but I also expect that his re-election will help to build momentum for a a commanding lead in both Houses and possibly the White House in the fall.


    tumblr_lflmzvZ3n31qa8jip.gif

    What's it like to live a life so immune to facts of any kind?


    And yet you've been repeatedly wrong in your predictions. Oh poor Christian. November portends to be a rather bitter month for you.


    Which of my predictions were incorrect? I said Walker would be recalled and he has been.

    What else you got?


    That didn't require any form of predictive relevance. You thought among other things that the Democrats wouldn't do so badly during the midterms, that the healthcare bill would be more popular than it was after its passing, among others. Unfortunately I don't think enough of your trite to actually bookmark and track it all but I'm sure you can bother to look at it yourself.


    Every element of the healthcare bill is popular except the mandate, so you can suck that.

    And Democrats have won every special election since the midterms, so I just underestimated the time it would take for the American people to realize that the Tea Baggers were actually Douche Baggers.

    I predict now (in a rare moment of agreement with Anne Coulter) that Romney will be the candidate and Obama will win.

    You can predict whatever you want. Coulter only said Romney would lose because she preferred Christie. This week she has stated Romney is electable.


    So she'll say anything depending on which way the wind is blowing? Just like MIttens!
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    Jan 27, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Well now isn't this "SPECIAL" SoCal's hero Coulter, changed her mind and now says Romney can win. LOL



    I wonder, did Coulter consult Reagans 'stars' to conjure up a prediction favorable to Romney ? or did she consult Romnye's god to come up with this new opinion ? Either way, someone probably knocked her on the head to be able to make all her lame predictions. LOL
  • mke_bt

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    Jan 28, 2012 3:17 AM GMT

    ...and the stink surrounding Scott "John Doe" Walker keeps getting stronger and stronger.