Scott Walker announced his campaign for president by repeating almost word for word the top priorities of the Koch brothers.
Scott Walker immediately listed why he thinks he should be president. He discussed his efforts to suppress the vote (voter ID laws), more guns (Castle doctrine), less medical care for women (defunding Planned Parenthood), and lower wages (union busting). Walker gave the usual empty Republican gibberish about giving power back to states.
Walker said, “America needs a president who will fight and win for America.”
Gov. Walker’s whole speech was based on selling himself as someone who can win in blue states because he has managed to survive in Wisconsin. Walker announced his plan to gut federal funding for education, Medicaid and job retraining by disguising this as sending money back to the states. What Walker was referring to was block grants that would lead to fewer people getting services.
Walker attacked poor people and talked about the “dignity of work.” Walker disguised it as helping people move from government dependence to independence. He touted his drug testing of welfare recipients. He claimed that he was making it easy to get a job, but what he has actually done in Wisconsin is throw hundreds of thousands of people off of healthcare while harming senior citizens by cutting Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program.
Scott Walker promised to take away 18 million Americans access to healthcare by repealing Obamacare. Just like every other Republican candidate, Walker called for the repeal of regulations, which he called “the Obama regulations.” Walker promised to approve the Keystone pipeline. Gov. Walker said that he trusts families, and the crowd forgot to applaud, so he stopped and waited. As he has gashed funding for higher education in Wisconsin, Walker stated his belief that every child should have access to quality education.
Gov. Walker’s speech was a direct point by point delivery of the Koch agenda. Walker said that job creators need a tax cut so that they can be more competitive in the world and create more jobs.
Walker went on a rant about shopping at Kohl’s and using Kohl’s cash, and his point was that the country needs to return to the trickle-down economics of Ronald Reagan that caused the deficit to explode. The same economic theory that has triggered multiple recessions and an economic collapse.
Scott Walker brought up the tired cliche that Obama and Clinton are leading from behind and in a shameless bit of pandering brought up the Iran hostage crisis. Walker promised to terminate the “bad deal with Iran” that he has never seen and replace it with crippling sanctions on Iran. This is a direct return to the Bush foreign policy.
No matter how much he tried, Scott Walker sounded like a college dropout governor from Wisconsin. Walker will be a force in the Republican primary because he knows how deliver the ideological talking points that conservatives crave, but Donald Trump has set a high bar. Trump is willing to give Republican voters what they want in a way that Walker isn’t.
Scott Walker claimed to be a new leader, but his plan for the future is straight out of centuries past.
Walker promised to fight and win for Americans, but by Americans he clearly meant the wealthy billionaires.
The name Scott Walker will be on the ballot, but it is the Koch brothers agenda that he is running on.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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