Walker's book "Unintimidated" quotes Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville as saying he would have persuaded his 13 Democratic colleagues not to leave the state in 2011, had he been at the meeting where they decided to leave town to try and block a vote on Walker's Act 10 union law.and:
Cullen tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he never said that.
Walker also wrote that he would have laid off hundreds of workers if a Milwaukee County union did not make concessions -- and he quoted the union chief as saying, "Go ahead and do it."And those are just 2 of the lies in just 1 tiny article.
Union leader Rich Abelson tells the Journal Sentinel, "That is frankly just a lie ... He has no proof, and no witnesses of that."
Here's more from Salon on the infamous Fake Koch phone call where Buffalo Beast blogger Ian Murphy pretended to be David Koch:
The governor claims that he “hesitated” to take it, and “was upset that my staff had let the call get through to my office, making me look so silly.” He never actually “thought about” the fake troublemakers—he now writes that he “did not want to insult Mr. Koch by saying that we would never do something so stupid.”In fact, he claims that it took a week or 2 for him to take the call. Ian Murphy disagrees, noting that his first call to Walkers office was at about 11:30 AM and by 2 PM that same day he was on the phone with Walker.
In the book about the Fake Koch call:
He doesn’t mention the baseball bat at all, skipping right ahead to the press conference called to clean up the mess. Walker only took four questions as protesters chanted at a decibel level that rammed right through the office doors. “Only later did I realize that God had a plan for me with that episode,” writes Walker. After his press conference, he picked up his daily devotional and saw the title for Feb. 23: The power of humility, the burden of pride.Yup, there's plenty of God and divine providence in that book (after all, Walker wants to be President and the Very Religious Right need to be pandered to), but humility isn't a quality Walker can claim.
“I looked up and said, ‘I hear you, Lord,’” writes Walker. “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame. It was a turning point that helped me in future challenges, helped me stay focused on the people I was elected to serve, and reminded me of God’s abundant grace and the paramount need to stay humble.”
And even more on the further parade of lies:
At a San Diego conference in November 2010, then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels helped win over Scott Walker to the idea of repealing union bargaining for public workers, Walker writes in his forthcoming book.
"Our discussions proved to be a critical turning point in my thinking about how to address the budget crisis in Madison," Walker writes. "I wanted to hear everything (Daniels) had learned from his experience with collective bargaining in Indiana — how he did it, how his opponents responded, and what the results had been."Really? Folks may have forgotten that after the 2010 elections, he asked the Wisconsin State Legislature to not approve new contracts with state employee unions because Walker claimed he wanted to negotiate new contracts with the unions himself. He got the vote he wanted by turning a Democrat (who later got rewarded with a Walker appointment to a well-paying state position) into a "no" vote. There were NO negotiations, he simply "dropped the bomb" with Act 10 to destroy collective bargaining rights not just for state employees, but for every single public employee in Wisconsin (except for those unions that supported and endorsed Walker - he claims that was a "conincidence").
Of course, this is a foray from Walkers previous rationale for Act 10 (perhaps another lie):
His experience as Milwaukee County executive — when he repeatedly clashed with unions — was the "ultimate source" of Act 10, as the labor law is known, he writes. And he says he first considered ending or mostly ending collective bargaining the day after he was elected in 2010 and got a briefing on the condition of the state budget.As a member of one of those unions, I can relate that Walker was brutal. We gave up pay raises for years in order to keep health insurance and pension benefits. As a result, nurses who worked for Milwaukee County fell $5-7 per hour less than the private sector which made recruitment of nurses to fill vacant positions extremely difficult.
Walker frames his changes to collective bargaining law as a way to end what he considers a "racket" and "scam." His plan to solve a $3 billion, two-year budget shortfall involved cutting aid to local governments but allowing them to recover costs by forcing government workers to pay more for benefits and tightly limiting collective bargaining.
Mike Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party, sees a different aim in Act 10: an attempt to cripple his party's main source of support. Tate said Walker's book and recent national travels are part of a larger plan to reach the White House.
"This has never been about what's good for Wisconsin. It's about what's good for Scott Walker," Tate said.
The entire article is worth a read as numerous other mythologies in the book are discussed Also read-worthy in its entirety is this one.
Walker claims he can't comment on the book until its official publication date. Bwahahaha! I'm sure he's going to use the time to come up with even more lies to cover up the lies that are being exposed prior to publication. Or, perhaps, he's waiting for a call from God or pithy passage in his prayer book to show up to save him.
"Unintimidated: A Governors Story and a Nations Challenge" is due out November 19. It should be titled:
I Pooped My Pants When Protesters Surrounded the Capitol and Then I Lied a LotThe folks who are REALLY unintimidated: The Solidarity Singers. If you would like to help them defend themselves against the hundreds of tickets they've received for the crime of singing in the Capitol, you can do so at this link. Any amount will be much appreciated.