So Hypnotized That They Can't Spell "Progressive"
(photo from conservativewatchnews.org)
No particularly noticeable endorsements or other indications of local support for any of the GOP contenders have surfaced, but those SD Pubs who are considering a public commitment to the Walker campaign should consider his track record as governor of Wisconsin before sealing the deal. Walker, who shows up among the top 3 or 4 aspirants for the GOP nod in recent polls, presents himself as the "Reagan redux" candidate, and his union-busting "template" in Wisconsin has been cheered enthusiastically in conservative circles around the country. Getting "Right To Work" legislation passed in Wisconsin is an astounding political and historical achievement, so Walker has earned all the conservative plaudits that are being heaped on him these days.
That's okay to a partisan point, but busting unions aside, Walker's overall performance in Wisconsin is weak and worth examining before anybody here jumps on his bandwagon or coattails as the the '16 elections come into focus. For all that high-profile style of his, Walker hasn't done much for his home state, other than drive it downward in terms of economic performance. What caught my eye a day or so ago was Wisconsin's dead-last ranking among states in entrepeneurial activity by the widely-followed (it works with the U.S. Census Bureau and other statistical-gathering services) Kaufmann Index Of Entrepreneurial Activity, falling from 45th place last year. More saliently, the state compares so
|WI State Tax Revenues Under Walker|
Why Do The Koch Bros. Like This Guy?
(graphic from bloombergview.com)
Why the Koch brothers are plunking their money down on a glaringly noticeable loser like Scott Walker is for them and their followers to explain. We South Dakota Republicans can only hope that our prominent party leaders don't get mesmerized by the Walker mystique and help propel him to the GOP candidacy in '16. I couldn't imagine successfully selling the Wisconsin model to the country as a whole.