Scott Walker is now top tier Presidential timber for the future — as big as Ronald Reagan in 1968.
He might even be better than Reagan.
Like Reagan, he’s a rock solid conservative on every issue. Like Reagan, he’s also soft-spoken, so doesn’t scare moderates and independents.
He is the son of a Baptist preacher. Though he carved his reputation in Wisconsin as a no-nonsense fiscal conservative, he’s also solidly pro-life, staunchly pro-Second Amendment, and open about his Christian faith.
Scott Walker is the real deal.
He’s also a true leader.
He risked his political career by taking on the public sector unions, which were bankrupting Wisconsin and strangling the economy.
That’s what real leaders do. They do what they know is right even if it means they might lose everything.
That’s what George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan did.
George Washington was a hero in the British army for his exploits in the French and Indian War. He had everything — was the richest man in America in 1776.
He risked it all to take on the British Empire. Had the British captured Washington, he would have been shot or hanged.
For George Washington, doing what was right was far more important that protecting his fortune, his hero status with the world’s #1 superpower, or even his life.
Washington stepped down from the Presidency after serving two terms. He could have easily set up a dictatorship because of his popularity. But he didn’t. He did what was right.
Lincoln kept the union together — which cost him his life (a bullet in the head from confederate partisan John Wilkes Booth).
Reagan certainly risked a lot, too. But I don’t think he risked as much as Walker did — at least not in the early stages of his political career.
Scott Walker came from nowhere. He was basically just an average citizen who decided to run for Governor to fix his home state. He reminds me of Jimmy Stewart in “Mr Smith Goes to Washington.”
Reagan was a conservative superstar after his 1964 speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater.
Unlike Walker, Reagan was the ideal candidate out of central casting.
Unlike Walker, Reagan was a great speechmaker.
Not that Walker is a bad speaker. He’s pretty good. But Reagan was one of the greatest speechmakers ever.
Of course, Reagan also risked a lot to stay true to his beliefs.
The easiest thing for him to do would have been to “go along to get along” with the media and the Political Class in Washington.
Instead, Reagan stood up to the Soviet Union and continued to pursue a missile defense shield, rather than appease the Soviets and give up the missile defense, going against Conventional Wisdom and just about the entire Political Class in Washington.
Reagan knew that was the right thing to do.
Reagan also went up against the Political Class (including then Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole) to cut tax rates from a top rate of 70 percent to 28 percent, unleashing the longest sustained period of economic expansion in American history.
Again, Reagan knew what was right, and did it — in the face of relentless criticism from the media and the Political Class.
Reagan was comfortable in his own skin. He knew who he was and knew what he believed. I never once heard Reagan talk about polls. He talked only about his vision for the country — more freedom, less government.
Scott Walker reminds me a lot of Ronald Reagan. He doesn’t have Reagan’s great speechmaking ability.
But Walker has a strong quiet demeanor. He’s as Wisconsinite to the core. He, too, is comfortable in his own skin.
Scott Walker doesn’t run around spiking the football and beating his chest the way Obama does over bin Laden.
Walker just quietly does exactly what he says he’s going to do.
Since Walker’s reforms took effect 18 months ago, the public sector unions have lost more than half their membership.
Gee, if more than half the members of your club quit your club the instant they aren’t forced by law to be members of your club, it’s probably time to rethink your club.
That’s what’s happening to the public sector unions in Wisconsin.
Since Walker was sworn in as Governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011, he has managed to turn a $3.6 BILLION structural Wisconsin budget deficit into a $300 MILLION budget surplus.
Walker has even put more than $60 MILLION into a “rainy day” fund so that Wisconsin can better cope with any unforeseen disasters. He did all this in just 18 months without raising taxes . . . and without laying off any teachers, police, or firefighters.
So what exactly were some of Walker’s reforms?
Well, he’s requiring teachers to contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries into their own pensions (instead of 0 percent) and all government employees to pay 12.6 percent of their health care premiums (about half what most employees in the private sector pay).
These modest reforms are saving local governments in Wisconsin about $750 million per year.
Walker ended some collective bargaining rights for public sector unions and made public sector union membership voluntary. He also granted local governments and schools the authority to hire and fire teachers and other government workers based on merit — as also happens in the private sector.
By the way, his opponent in this recall election, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, is using Walker’s reforms to get a handle on spending in Milwaukee.
Had Walker caved under the pressure of the temper tantrum thrown by the public sector union bosses and not enacted these reforms, local school districts would have had no choice buy to lay off thousands of teachers across the state of Wisconsin.
Instead, Wisconsin now actually has more teachers than when Walker took office 18 months ago. Wisconsin also has more police and more firefighters.
In fact, the more Wisconsin’s teachers, police, firefighters, and government workers see how well Walker’s reforms are actually working (and have worked to help save their jobs) the more they’re coming around to support Scott Walker.
Scott Walker got 38% of the union member vote yesterday — a higher percentage of the union vote than he got in 2010.
But the real story is how Wisconsin’s economy is now rebounding due to Walker’s reforms — in sharp contrast to neighboring Illinois. Here’s what THE WALL STREET JOURNAL says about what’s happening now in Wisconsin:
When Mr. Walker took office, a survey of major business owners by the state’s Chamber of Commerce found that only 10% thought Wisconsin was heading “in the right direction.” Now 94% say it is. Chief Executive magazine found that Wisconsin’s business climate in 2011 showed the greatest one-year improvement of any state in the history of the magazine’s ratings. After bleeding 150,000 jobs in the previous three years, Wisconsin added nearly 30,000 new jobs since Walker’s reforms went into effect.
According to this survey of business owners by CHIEF EXECUTIVE magazine referenced in the WALL STREET JOURNAL article, Wisconsin in 2010 was ranked 41st in America in states favorable to business — in other words, among the nine worst states for business.
In just 18 months, Wisconsin has moved up 21 slots for being business-friendly. Walker says his goal is for Wisconsin to be the #1 state in America for doing business — because, as Walker says repeatedly, new jobs are created by businesses (especially small and start-up businesses), not by government.
Walker understands that if we don’t have businesses in America that are flourishing and profitable, we can’t have the jobs or the tax revenues to pay for teachers, police, firefighters, roads, bridges, and all the things we count on government to do.
Despite going against the headwinds of Obamanomics, Wisconsin is now creating jobs at a faster rate then the rest of America as a whole. Businesses are now stampeding into Wisconsin from Illinois (which just raised the income tax by 67 percent, in contrast to no tax increases and massive deregulation in Wisconsin).
Scott Walker won big for all these reasons . . . in this heavily blue state. Results do matter to voters — even rank-and-file Democrat voters.
This win now makes Scott Walker a conservative Republican superstar on the level of Ronald Reagan after Reagan had served two terms as Governor of California.
In fact, if you compare the two objectively, Walker has already achieved more in 18 months as Governor of Wisconsin than Reagan achieved in eight years as Governor of California. Walker made real structural reforms that have virtually ended the public sector unions in Wisconsin.
Now conservative governors across America can do the same. Walker has shown them the formula for achieving political superstardom: Say what you will do, then do it.
Conservatives have a wonderful hero for the future in Scott Walker. Forget Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, or anyone else. We now have Scott Walker as our conservative standard bearer.
My only advice to Scott Walker is this: Don’t change a thing. Continue to be exactly who you are.
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