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So Scooter Walker goes to the Wisconsin Capital and with his first attempt at creating a budget (which he thinks will be an easily passable since, after all, who would expect a minority to actually stand up for some principle and draw attention to his actions), he draws national attention to his attempt to kill off the public employees unions.

But who is Scott Walker?  What do people actually know about him?

Well, below the fold, some common and some uncommonly known things...

Walker was born in Colorado.  (True)

Walker’s dad is a Baptist Minister and when he was young (pre-college) he grew up in Delevan Wisconsin. (True)

Walker never listed to his father’s sermons, especially if it dealt with caring for the poor, the elderly or the disenfranchised. (Probably true, you don’t do what he’s doing and have any real Christian values – defined as following the TEACHINGS of Christ, not the man made doctrine of organized religion but even that would be pushing it.)

Walker almost ALWAYS wears a blue shirt, especially if he is going to be on television. (I think it’s true - Check it out)

Walker never finished college; therefore he never took that 4th year course in budgeting.  (True, as for the class - well, that’s what I am betting on)

Walker married Tonette, women 11 years older than him.  He was 25, she was 36.  (Leave it there but think what you want.)

Walker was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1993 (True.)

As a Republican elected to a state political office, he was treated to private seminars, classes and mentoring by private right wing causes.   (Probably true – you think those private high funded right wing groups aren’t teaching media relations, spin, lying and keeping straight face and other “how-to’s - see Koch Brother activities and groups they support).

Walker goes to great length to hid and cover the growing bald spot at the back of his head.  (True, check out some photos when you can see the various spot and how it “changes”; but he could just be using spray on hair.  They probably cover that in the media relations classes at those secret Koch supported meetings.)

After winning the County Executive Office in Milwaukee, the right-wing political powers in Washington (aka, Rove, Scooter Libby and the White House crew) took great pride in the accomplishment of putting a Republican zealot in office and flew him to a private meet and greet at the White House.  (True, not widely known and all documentation has been shredded.)

Walker’s first chief of staff was a “friend” of Scooter Libby. (So I’ve been told.)
Walker kept a computer in his office suite not connected to the county network and not subject to any open records request.  (True)

The computer was tied into the Rove secret computer network at the NRC.  (That is something I always believed; you think they were just printing out mailing labels for fund raisers?)

During one of the first runs for County Executive (maybe the first), Walker received sizable donations from Bears Stearns (I think he returned the funds when it was discovered Bears Stearns did business with the County through the County bonding process, but come-on, you think he DIDN'T know that when he took the cash.)

This is Walkers first attempt at killing unions.  History shows he does not learn (probably one of the reasons he never finished college), so expect a repeat if he doesn't get his way.  

Plus - this is just the first assault to middle class and the unions that represent the voice of the workers.  Koch and the like - they only want their own voices heard, not the voices of what they consider little people.  And they have a long, long history of investing in Scooter Walker.  They EXPECT a return on their investments.

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  •  Snot Wanker Can't Win! (0+ / 0-)

    Where's nonnie9999 when I need a poster?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 05:13:17 PM PST

  •  This is not Walkers first attempt ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... at killing unions.  He did it as Milwaukee County Exec. as well.

  •  Good to know.... (0+ / 0-)

    but can you answer the question, What The H3LL Is A Kleefisch?

    "Ich bin ein Dachs!"

    by PvtJarHead on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 05:38:51 PM PST

  •  So... (0+ / 0-)

    ...he's not part of the Borg?

    Oh, there you are, Perry. -Phineas -SLB-

    by boran2 on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 05:42:48 PM PST

  •  Walker's First Attempt At Killing Unions..... (2+ / 0-)
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    scribeboy, progressivebadger

    backfired...... big time.  And it is embarrassing him today.

     As Milwaukee County Exec Walker laid off Union security guards & replaced them w/ a private security firm.....Wackenhut.  They're the same company caught wearing coconut bras & partying in various states of undress when they were supposed to be guarding the US Embassy in Afghanistan.  Instead it was "Animal House" time.  

    Turns out Walker fired the union security guards illegally.  They've all been hired back & are guarding the Madison capital today along w/ the Wackenhut guys.  It's costing the city of Madison double pay for both outfits these days.  

  •  Quite a few errors and rumors here (1+ / 0-)
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    kazoo of the north

    You shoud have used the word "rumors" or "gossip" rather than "facts". There are some facts that are verifiable here, but you don't have sources and most of them are irrelevant.

    If you just list a bunch of questions and include a couple of biased rumors that raise questions about his character, this becomes more like yellow journalism. We already know that the guy is a jerk.

    A couple of items:

    The folks in Delavan, Wi like to have their city name spelled correctly and pronounced correctly. Bonus points if you can pronounce it correctly. Doule-bonus if you can pronounce Muscoda correctly.

    Bringing up the wife and the age difference is a cheap shot. What's more interesting is her activism. But you missed that.

    Walker says that he learned how to preach sermons from his father. It's not that he didn't listen; he just learned how to manipulate by preaching. This kinda defines his fringe evangelical behavior and his holier-than-thou stance.

    It's not the first time Walker abused his power to rid the government of unionized public servants. The Milwaukee County Administrator history tells the story. Rachel Maddow covered this subject in detail last Friday.

    Maybe you can add a few sources and make your next diary a little more helpful.

    I appreciate your effort and your passion about this matter. Don't take my critique the wrong way. Walker has to go and it's important to expose the linkages, his environment, and his background. It's even more important to get it right and avoid the rumors.

    Thanks for the diary.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 07:10:20 PM PST

    •  rumor has it... (1+ / 0-)
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      GrumpyOldGeek

      .... Walker got kicked out of Marquette for cheating. This is why the exit 6 months prior to graduating from expensive Marquette.

      More factually....
      Rachel Maddow actually covered the Wackenhut debacle at the Count Courthouse.

      When Walker was in charge of the county mental health facility, a patient was actually raped and impregnated there. It was Walker's responsibility to not let this happen.

      All who know Walker at all will insist that Walker will never, ever give one inch from his position. Even on the eve of his recall, he'll sink into his bunker. Negotiating with this guy, expecting him to come round to your point of view, is guaranteed to be hopeless. This will really be a long 10 months.

       

      •  The rumor may or may not be accurate (0+ / 0-)

        I think it's likely, but I haven't found the solid evidence - yet.

        The info that Walker has made public through various interviews and bio blurbs is full of discrepancies. The dates, places, and sequence of events are significantly different among the reports. We know he lies, of course, but there are signs that he's hiding something more than an embellished resume.

        He claims that he worked for IBM in Milw in 1988. I happened to be an IBM manager in that office in 1988. IBM had a hiring freeze in 1988. Odds are high that he was hired an an intern (a gopher, basically) if he worked there at all. My records don't show him, but I wasn't there for the whole year. He claims that he left IBM for a "dream job"; working for the Milw Red Cross. Iirc, it's staffed by volunteers. Scott Walker; Comminity Organizer.

        Walker's family shows up in Delavan when Scott was 10. Public records show that the family lived modestly. Eight years later, Scott Walker is attending one of the more expensive Catholic Jesuit schools in the country. He wans't a legacy student. He was selected to Badger Boy's State, quite an honor, and this might have led to a full scholarship, but clearly not an academic scholarship. He's just not all that bright. This makes me question the financial aspects for that short, 8-10 year period. This begs for investigation.

        My step-mother grew up in Delavan, WI. A number of relatives are still in the area. I'm trying to locate some of Walker's teachers. And more.

        I've learned to recognize that uneasy feeling when something seems a bit off. Scott Walker's behavior is way off; something smells rotten.

        I just can't figure out how this guy became such a complete asshole manipulative bully.

        "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 11:08:21 PM PST

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