Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Return to Sender

In the in-box yesterday… and my terse reply.

Scott Walker Reply 07-13-15

Scott Walker says he’ll “work for you.”  But not if you’re gay, a woman, an immigrant, or a member of a union.  According to Robert Reich, he’s worked actively against you.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his candidacy today. I view him as the most dangerous of all GOP hopefuls because he’s relatively young and charismatic, he’s David and Charles Koch’s favorite (which means unlimited funding by the nation’s most right-wing and irresponsible billionaires), and his positions on key issues are among the most extreme in the Republican field.

1. On immigration, Walker says he’s changed his mind on a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants and no longer supports the idea. He’s expressed skepticism toward legal immigration as well.

2. On gay marriage, Walker is calling for a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban it.

3. On abortion rights, Walker is pushing for a 20-week ban in Wisconsin with no exceptions for rape or incest. (In 2014 he told voters his previous legislation left “the final decision to a woman and her doctor.”

4. On “gun rights,” Walker is against any attempt to ban assault weapons or limit the ability of anyone to own a gun.

5. On labor unions, he is the GOP’s most virulent anti-labor candidate, having taken on teachers and other public employees and signing a “right-to-work” law. (He says his battles with labor leaders have prepared him to take on the Islamic State.)

6. He favors tax cuts over deficit reduction and public education. His most recent Wisconsin budget cuts taxes, requires steep cuts to education, and deepens the state deficit.

7. He has tried to weaken Wisconsin’s “open records” law by blocking press requests that have yielded some embarrassing finds in the past. (Consider how big an issue Republicans are making out of Hillary Clinton’s record on transparency.)

Yeah, figure it out.