The Problem with Scott Walker

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced his intention to run for President of the United States earlier this week. Governor Walker is a hero of many conservatives, and has been incredibly successful in Wisconsin, winning three elections including a recall attempt (making him the first governor in American history to survive a recall election). The son of a pastor, Walker has presented himself as a down-to-earth, plain-talking man who just wants to do what’s right. Unfortunately, he has managed to fool a large number of people with this tactic.

Walker knows what to say to appeal to a conservative base, and the talk he talks sounds pretty great. According to the video Walker’s campaign is using to launch his bid for the Republican nomination, “Scott Walker showed the path to victory is to run on our principles. Conservative. Bold. Decisive. He balanced budgets. Cut taxes. Beat the special interests, improved education, created jobs, and showed how to fight and win.”

This all sounds great on paper, but what did Governor Walker actually do? The special interests he beat were the state government employee unions, in which he stripped thousands of civil servants of their right to collective bargaining. His “improvements” to education included gutting education funding as well as cutting teachers’ salaries. He “created jobs” during a time where jobs were being created all over America, but job growth in Wisconsin under Walker was some of the slowest in the Midwest.

At the end of his announcement video, Walker stares into the camera and says, “I’m running for president to fight and win for the American people without sacrificing our principles. We won three elections in four years in a blue state, we did it by leading.” The truth is that Scott Walker has been under investigation for violating campaign finance laws, and six of his associates have been convicted of serious crimes, including one who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from a veterans organization.

Walker’s supporters are so in love with his record as a conservative champion that they refuse to acknowledge that Walker is simply a tool of the 1% and the Wall Street special interests. His record is profoundly anti-worker, saying that he doesn’t believe the minimum wage “serves a purpose.” Walker’s goal in Wisconsin was to cut taxes for the rich and redistribute wealth from the middle class to his wealthy friends and benefactors, and now he wants to do the same thing across America.

Over and over again, the Republican and Democratic parties present us with candidates for nominations who declare that they are different, that they are Washington outsiders, and that they will make this country great again once they get to the White House. However, if you look beneath the surface of any of these mainstream candidates, you will find that they are all the same – they are puppets for the rich and are cronies of Wall Street.

If you want real change in America, like I do, we need to look for someone other than the usual suspects. The Demo-Republican complex has failed America over and over again, and it’s time for American voters to look elsewhere. I am sick of the same old deception from the Wall Street stooges – that is why I am running for President of the United States. If you are ready for change, then I urge you to join me by casting your write-in vote for me, Art Drew.