Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was supposed to sweep the primaries and be the great hope of the GOP in the general election: a candidate from an historically liberal state who took on the unions and beat a recall election all while being financed by the indomitable Koch Brothers.
Well, it’s not working out like that. He’s barely at 3% in Iowa, a must-win state for him, and chances are he won’t even pull that much when they actually get around to voting next winter. So he’s employing a new tactic: go after all the unions, and do it in Las Vegas, one of the most heavily unionized cities in America.
The flailing Walker has previewed a policy agenda that includes eliminating unions for federal employees, making all workplaces “right-to-work” unless states opt out, and eliminating the National Labor Relations Board.
“This will not be easy,” Walker told the Associated Press. “Many — including the union bosses and the politicians they puppet — have long benefited from Washington rules that put the needs of special interests before needs of middle-class families.”
The time and place of Walker’s announcement ought to prove to America once and for all that he’s dumb as a box of rocks. Walker is rolling out his anti-union agenda in Las Vegas, one of the most heavily unionized cities in America. Ninety percent of the jobs in Vegas hotels are union jobs, and almost half of all non-supervisor positions in the hotel, restaurant and gaming industries are unionized, compared to 19 percent of such jobs nationwide.
Hey, if Bernie Sanders can talk about being pro-marriage equality at Jerry Falwell’s diploma mill, why can’t Scott Walker bash the backbone of the middle class in Vegas? Because regardless of their party affiliation, a lot of people like having a an eight-hour day, 40-hour work week, weekends off, health care benefits, pensions, safe work places and fair labor practices, all of which workers in America, union or not, get thanks to labor unions.
Say hi to Rick Perry for us, Scott.