Please note: My answer is NOT about party vs. party politics at all. I firmly believe that both parties are but two heads of the same deadly snake, so far as the Nation and Her Citizens are concerned. I despise and am disgusted by both parties equally for their blatant corporate fascist stances. The ONLY difference I see between the two major parties is that the Democrats are just a little “better” with the quality of their sheep costumes.
That Walker is a Consummate Politician (that’s one of the worst possible epithets in my book as it involves the consistent use of “convenient” lies and omissions) on the order of Chris Christie.
Edit after reading other Answers: Guys, I’m seeing a lot of unsupported assertions here, and lots of assertions of talking points; could we PLEASE have some Facts to back up those talking point assertions?
Here’s how that done:
Did North Carolina’s Unemployment Really Fall Below 10%? (Brief Study on Labor Force Participation)
Based on this model, the July average labor participation rate in North Carolina (2000 to 2007) was 72.5%. For July 2010, the BLS reported participation at 67.9%, the lowest participation rate in more than a decade.
This is a significant (conveniently claimed) difference from the applicable average, meaning that the corresponding unemployment rate (15.7%) is significantly higher than published (9.9%).
Lessons to be taken:
Gov. Scott Walker says he turned $3.6 billion deficit into a $500 million surplus
Results: About 1/2 true with a note that he “conveniently” (my word) skewed the actual numbers by 50% for his claim…(Consummate Politician)
I find it EXTREMELY interesting to note that his website refers to ALL legislation he sponsored by it’s (convenient) political title and there is (most carefully) NO mention anywhere of the actual text of the law; or ANY neutral analysis of what it’s effects are upon ordinary Citizens…. So let us GO THERE:
The Voter’s Self Defense System
Scott Walker – Voting Records
July 22, 2013 AB 82 Prohibits the Unauthorized Transfer of Food Stamps Signed – Executive
Here’s what it does:
It makes it a felony to do ANYthing with food stamps (SNAP) other than buy “approved” food. INCLUDING using those benefits to by bottled drinks with a refund on the bottle! So it further criminalizes poverty.
July 5, 2013 SB 206 Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion Signed – Executive
Mandates the legally “approved” medical RAPE of a patient seeking an abortion.
Sign May 31, 2013 AB 85 Amends Milwaukee County Board Regulations
Signed – Executive
Reduces the term of office for Milwaukee County Supervisors from 4 years to 2 years, beginning in 2016 (Sec. 3). REMOVES power from the locally elected Board.
Prohibits the annual salary and benefits paid to a Milwaukee County Supervisor from exceeding the annual per capita income of Milwaukee County (Sec. 4). (VERY interesting in light of what the Legislature has done with THEIR salaries!) CUTS the Board Salaries. Thus reducing the likely hood that ordinary Citizens will be able to afford to take such a position.
Requires a binding referendum to be presented to Milwaukee County voters during the April 2014 election to decide whether to reduce supervisors’ pay to $24,051 (Sec. 41).
Limits the annual budget of the Milwaukee County Board to 0.4 percent of the total tax levy for that year to which the budget applies (Sec. 23). Again.. takes MORE power from the locally elected board, and discourages Citizens from doing this work.
Sign May 17, 2013 AB 15 Authorizes Work-Share Programs Signed – Executive
Takes the State closer to a “Right to Work” State without actually passing the legislation to do so directly. Will have the effect of BUSTING unions.
Sign March 14, 2013 SB 2 Limits the Secretary of State’s Role in Legislation
Signed – Executive
Repeals the requirement that the secretary of state provide notice of published acts to the legislative reference bureau following its date of publication (Sec. 1). MEANS: NO more notice to the Citizens is required when a fiat law (like SB 206) is passed!!!
Defines “date of publication” as the day after a bill has been enacted, whereas existing law defined it as the day designated by the secretary of state (Sec. 3).
Sign March 11, 2013 SB 1 Amends Wisconsin’s Iron-Ore Mining Regulations
Signed – Executive Not too terrible, but limits the time between completed application and granting of permit to 420 days regardless of whether or not the EIR is completed (which can take years to perform and challenge). Has the effect of limiting Citizen challenges to an E.I.R. by setting a hard time limit for appeals.
Sign April 6, 2012 SB 386 Removes Voter Registration at High Schools Signed – Executive Makes it MORE difficult for Citizens (especially poor Citizens) to REGISTER TO VOTE!!!
Sign April 5, 2012 SB 202 Repeals Punitive Damages for Workplace Discrimination Signed – Executive Seriously??!!? Do I NEED to say more?
Sign April 5, 2012 SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Signed – Executive ENSHRINES theistic beliefs in Secular Law in direct and intentional violation of the 1st. Amendment to the US Constitution AND the Wisconsin Constitution!… OMFG are you KIDDING ME?!
Repeals provisions that require medically accurate information regarding the following topics to be included in the local human growth and development curriculum when age-appropriate (Secs. 10, 11 & 13):
Puberty, pregnancy, parenting, body image, and gender stereotypes;
Skills needed to make “responsible decisions” about sexuality and sexual behavior; and
The health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods approved for use by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Requires instruction regarding abstaining from sexual activity to portray abstinence as the “only reliable” method of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, whereas existing law requires it to be portrayed as the “most reliable” method (Sec. 12).
Requires a local human growth and development curriculum to include instruction in “parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage for adults and their children” (Sec. 24).
Repeals the requirement that notice be given to parents or guardians if the local school board elects to not provide instruction in human growth and development (Secs. 30 & 31).
Prohibits a volunteer health care provider from providing instruction in human growth and development, whereas existing law authorizes the instruction as long as the material taught meets curriculum requirements (Sec. 34).
Sign April 5, 2012 SB 92 Prohibits Abortion Coverage through Healthcare Insurance Exchanges Signed – Executive
AGAIN with the First Amendment VIOLATIONS!!!?
Sign March 9, 2012 AB 450 Relating to Training for Unemployment Recipients Vetoed – Executive Screws over the unemployed by vetoing a training bill.
Assembly Bill 450 establishes a pilot program to permit unemployment insurance beneficiaries to participate in specialized occupational training and receive a stipend to help offset the costs of participating in the training. This program will not only assist unemployment insurance beneficiaries in finding employment sooner, but businesses with skilled worker vacancies can train individuals to meet specific needs.
I’ll let you go through the rest of them yourselves…
Line Item Veto Feb. 29, 2012 SB 368 Amends Wetland Development Regulations Signed – Executive
Sign Dec. 8, 2011 SB 95 Evaluating Teacher Performance Using Standardized Test Scores Signed – Executive
Sign Dec. 8, 2011 SB 12 Limits Attorney Fees in Consumer Cases Signed – Executive
Sign Nov. 23, 2011 SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students Signed – Executive
Sign Nov. 18, 2011 SB 116 Relating to Overseas Absentee Voting Signed – Executive
Sign Nov. 18, 2011 SB 23 Amends Tax Enforcement System Signed – Executive
Sign Aug. 9, 2011 SB 148 Legislative Redistricting Signed – Executive
Sign Aug. 9, 2011 SB 149 Congressional Redistricting Signed – Executive
Sign July 8, 2011 SB 93 Weapons Law Amendments Signed – Executive
Sign June 26, 2011 AB 40 2011-2013 Biennium Budget Vetoed – Executive
Line Item Veto May 25, 2011 AB 7 Voter Identification Requirements Signed – Executive
Sign May 24, 2011 SB 13 Repealing Regulations for Telecommunications Services Signed – Executive
Sign March 11, 2011 AB 11 Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees Signed – Executive
Sign Feb. 9, 2011 SB 6 Relating to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Vetoed – Executive
Line Item Veto Feb. 7, 2011 SB 10 Wetland Regulations Signed – Executive
Sign Feb. 4, 2011 AB 7 Small Business Tax Credit Signed – Executive
Sign Jan. 31, 2011 AB 3 Tax Incentives for Job Creation Signed – Executive
Sign Jan. 27, 2011 SB 1 Tort Law Amendments Signed – Executive
Sign Jan. 24, 2011 SB 2 Tax Benefits for Health Savings Accounts Signed – Executive
While he has done some, small, good for the State, the bulk of the good he’s done has been for large and multinational corporations, as is true for any consummate Politician these days.