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Saturday, February 28, 2015

CREW: Worst Governors in America Includes Scott Walker

The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has a take on Scott Walker that warrants attention First, a few words from CREW: "About Us." 
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. 
We advance our mission using a combination of research, litigation, policy advocacy, and media outreach. CREW employs the law as a tool to force officials to act ethically and lawfully and to bring unethical conduct to the public’s attention through:
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 Crew has archived a rating/ranking of US governors. It appears Scott Walker made the "Worst US Governors" List. In 2013, Crew's published its second report of findings from examining the "shady and unethical conduct by America's governors."

 The following YouTube segment was published in 2013 along with this CREW statement:
In compiling the latest edition of its Worst Governors in America report, CREW reviewed the job performance of the governors of all 50 states before identifying the 18 worst. While laws related to ethics, open records, financial disclosure, and campaign finance vary greatly from state to state, CREW found these governors' actions troubling by any standard.

Of course, you noticed the exhibit is pre-2012. We are not conservatives and life did not begin at midnight last evening. Archives are real and they comprise the foundation of US history. Crew's review of the nation's worst governors was relevant in the past and is even relevant more now as some of these people are aspiring a seat in the Oval Office.

While the CREW piece relates to Walker pre-recall vote, I suggest the basis for their analysis reminds same. It is important to remember the Koch brothers poured millions into Wisconsin prior to the elections. Is there a need to remind you of the impact of Koch money on US elections?

Koch money can buy election, but in Walker's case we can also rest assured the purchase may come with a large degree of cognitive dissonance: "UUUM looking back did we make the right decision?" Walker is not boding well in pubic appearances. In a couple of cases within the past 48 hours, Walker has shown why the nation had best leave the man to the loving voters of Wisconsin. (The first 1:45 minutes is news reporting, the remaining minutes of the segment are mere wasted opining)

Before we leave Scott Walker, let's visit with Politifact's Scott Walker File.

Scott Walker's file


Republican from Wisconsin

Scott Walker, a Republican, was elected governor of Wisconsin in November 2010. He was recalled in 2012 after igniting controversy with a bill curtailing public-employee union collective-bargaining rights. He survived the recall election, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  He won re-election to a four-year term in November 2014. Walker is a former Milwaukee County executive and former member of the state Assembly.

Click on the ruling to see all of Walker's statements for that ruling.

Recent statements involving Scott Walker

In August 2014, Politifact published a Walk-O-Meter regarding Walker and 250,000 Jobs in Wisconsin.  


Create 250,000 new jobs

Will "get government out of the way of employers ... who will then help Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs by 2015, and as we create those new jobs, we will be able to add 10,000 new businesses.”
recent Bloomberg Review shed more concrete data regarding Walker's economic prowess and record as governor of Wisconsin. 

The series of graphics are excerpts from a Bloomberg piece of last week. The graphics offer a visual review of a few Walker economic indicators. a quick read of the Bloomberg piece
income growth, midwest states
Home prices since 2007
Things weren't much better for the state's corporations. Bloomberg compiles a weighted index of the stock prices for publicly traded companies in each state. The value of shares for Wisconsin companies increased less than those of neighboring states, and less than the median state, from when Walker took office to the close of trading on Monday:
Equity, 28 points

If you know GOP politics, you have learned two points that serving as guiding considerations. GOP politicians far exceed Democratic politicians in dark money receipts form wanna be oligarchs like the Kochs and Adelson. The acceptance of dark money carries a heavy price: the politicians becomes a beholden political operative and stooge for the money-broker.

Most uber money brokers are not people who buy elections to provide a better life for the majority of citizens. They buy elections to garner power and that power will without question apply towards personal financial gain to the broker. Another point is the irrefutable reality many who vote GOP do so from a perspective of deep socially ingrained dogma vs. consideration of facts. 

The latter is a sad reality that has, in the recent, past contributed to virtual economic collapse from the Bush's applications of trickle-down Reaganomics.

Scott Walker is a far cry from a viable presidential candidate once consideration escapes CPAC, the State of Iowa, the State of Wisconsin and settles on people who are free of irrational GOP dogma. His performance as Wisconsin Governor stands s testimonial of his gubernatorial ineptitude. He has a shadowy history that includes unethical and illegal use of county employees on his gubernatorial campaign (at Wisconsin tax payer expense) and he has the intellect of s a snail.

If you think the closing analogy above is harsh, run video from Walker's campaigning over the past two weeks. The recent CPAC video is a must view. 

All said, and with my knowledge of conservative America and the GOP, Walker is an archetypal GOP candidate and it does not surprise he has the deep attention of America conservative voters. especially if you consider the cast of characters who are vying for the 2016 GOP nomination. 

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