Blogmaster’s musings: – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is gettin’ on my nerves
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Background material for the following post is:
Walker says National Guard is prepared
Chicago Tribune (AP), 11 Feb. 2011
[Excerpt:] – MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond wherever is necessary in the wake of his announcement that he wants to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state employees.
Blogmaster’s comments from Wisconsin’s Northwoods
By Steve in Wisconsin
February 12, 2011
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is gettin’ on my nerves … Regular readers of Inteltrends’ Wisconsin Blog know that, aside from endorsing Mark Neumann in last year’s governor’s race, I pretty much leave state politics alone. In fact, I haven’t had anything to say about our new governor — good or bad — until now. (That’s him, grinning at the camera.)
I realize that Wisconsin’s budget needs downsizing and that Gov. Walker has vowed to do just that, but a state governor is not a South American or African dictator — there is a certain finesse involved in getting things done. One must be able to work with others towards a common objective while “ruffling as few feathers as possible” along the way.
Gov. Walker’s threat to use the Wisconsin National Guard to back up his pig-headed policies is a childish tactic. National guardsmen are part-time soldiers — they may wear uniforms but they’re not policemen or prison guards. They are not trained to do these jobs. Nor are they trained to efficiently fill most of the other positions he apparently intends to put them in.
Walker may find that, come next election, he needs the endorsement of the same unions that he is now threatening. His aggressive stance and readiness to call in the National Guard whenever something doesn’t go his way almost guarantees that he will be passed over for a federal appointment once his term as governor ends.
That, at least, is comforting to know.
Steve in Wisconsin is a former deputy sheriff with travels in Africa, Asia and Central America. His primary blog is inteltrends.wordpress.com