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Al Gore: Yeah, Scott Walker Caused the “Divisiveness” in Wisconsin
Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2012 | Daniel Doherty

Posted on 06/07/2012 1:39:31 AM PDT by Kaslin

Perhaps in a futile attempt to stay relevant, Al Gore -- the infamous global warming activist and so-called “inventor” of the internet -- recently criticized Governor Scott Walker’s “hard-right-wing” agenda during an appearance on Eliot Spitzer’s show Viewpoint.

You may have heard many cable-news pundits on Tuesday night mulling over the results from Wisconsin’s recall election, but did anyone manage to work in a Billy Joel reference?

That’s what Al Gore is for.

The former veep made a rare foray into the world of punditry by appearing on his Current TV network and its flagship show, “Viewpoint,” hosted by Eliot Spitzer.

Asked if the recall — and the hoopla surrounding it — was a sign of today’s polarizing climate, Gore said, “Well, I hope that we can get away from divisiveness, but as Billy Joel sang, we didn’t start the fire. The actions of Governor Walker in pursuing a very extreme, hard-right-wing divisive agenda really set the stage for this.”

Oh really? First of all, Governor Walker “didn’t start the fire,” either. The 3.6 billion budget deficit he inherited was amassed over years and years of reckless spending and borrowing. Both parties were culpable. And yet, I suspect the reason Scott Walker survived last night’s recall election is because he’s the only Wisconsin governor in recent memory to take on the tough issues. Shortly after coming into office, for example, Team Walker proposed -- and later implemented -- a budget plan that (a) limited collective bargaining rights, (b) forced government employees to contribute more to their health care and pension plans and (c) eliminated the controversial requirement forcing public sector workers to pay union dues. Democrats, of course, fought Governor Walker’s budget proposal tooth and nail by staging obnoxious protests and occupying the Capitol. Despite their best efforts, however, they failed. And as Guy pointed out yesterday, his reforms have been stunningly successful.

More to the point, though, Al Gore’s misleading claim that Governor Walker pursued a “hard-right-wing divisive agenda” to balance the state’s budget is simply false. In fact, according to a recent Marquette University law school poll, Wisconsinites overwhelming support his reforms.

Majorities supported increases in public employee contributions to health and retirement benefits, with 75 percent in favor and 22 percent opposed.... A smaller majority, 55 percent, said they favored limiting collective bargaining for most public employees, while 41 percent opposed such limits.

Democrats will continue to shoot the messenger – Scott Walker is a heartless tyrant! – but the fact is under his leadership taxpayers have saved millions of dollars and the state unemployment rate is below 7 percent for the first time since 2008. These so-called “draconian” cuts Walker implemented have actually reined in wasteful government spending and created tens of thousands of jobs. Despite what Al Gore and his progressive friends may think, in other words, there’s a reason Wisconsinites re-elected Scott Walker last night. And it’s not because of his “divisive agenda.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: algore; wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 06/07/2012 1:39:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The question would be....how many people even watched Al Gore comment on this? Maybe fifty thousand max....out of 300 million? That kinda say it all.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 1:45:56 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Kaslin

The tactics of the democrat party IS.. to divide and conquer the American people..
Americans elected “on purpose” a divisive President..


3 posted on 06/07/2012 1:46:20 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: pepsionice

50,000 max? Your much to generous. How about 500 max?


4 posted on 06/07/2012 1:48:56 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder what Former President Elect Algore would consider to be a “very extreme, hard-left-wing divisive agenda”?


5 posted on 06/07/2012 1:57:21 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Kaslin

al gore is and always has been full of it.


6 posted on 06/07/2012 2:10:52 AM PDT by BamaAndy
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To: Kaslin

this from the man who thinks that just below the surface of the earth the temperature is ‘several millions of degrees’


7 posted on 06/07/2012 2:13:10 AM PDT by Irishguy
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Al Gore calls Scott Walker “divisive” ping


8 posted on 06/07/2012 2:23:29 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Kaslin; Irishguy; pepsionice; hosepipe; Fresh Wind; BamaAndy; afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; ...

Gore Gaffe Videos
http://archive.mrc.org/videobias/gore/welcome.asp


9 posted on 06/07/2012 2:46:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Kaslin
Gore said, “Well, I hope that we can get away from divisiveness, but as Billy Joel sang, we didn’t start the fire...

Of course not:

gorered

OWLGORE: "YOU DARE DENY CLIMATE CHANGE IS 'SETTLED SCIENCE?'

HERE, I'LL SHOW YOU SOME GOREBULL WARMING"

10 posted on 06/07/2012 3:00:47 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: BamaAndy
“al gore is and always has been full of it.”

He has led a privileged life, yet the left will count him as a 99%er.

11 posted on 06/07/2012 3:22:00 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Kaslin

Algore ahould be laughed at everywhere he goes.


12 posted on 06/07/2012 3:27:55 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 06/07/2012 3:39:51 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Kaslin

Al Gore: Shakra Con.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 3:46:40 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Kaslin

FUAG


15 posted on 06/07/2012 3:51:22 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Kaslin

Al needs to just stay home and count his oil stock money.


16 posted on 06/07/2012 3:53:15 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Romney - not Obama - not a Conservative - not a real Christian)
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To: bmwcyle

Al who? Never heard of the creep.


17 posted on 06/07/2012 4:00:54 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, algore is an agent of hell... sure ‘nuff!

LLS


18 posted on 06/07/2012 4:10:32 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: bmwcyle

Gore’s so full of crap his eyes turned brown.


19 posted on 06/07/2012 4:16:43 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Kaslin

Those people at Kleiner, Perkins, and Byers must be a real group of idiots.


20 posted on 06/07/2012 4:53:08 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: Kaslin

Gee, I would have though Gore of all people would have recognized a happy ending when he saw it.,


21 posted on 06/07/2012 4:53:32 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: School of Rational Thought

Oops, forgot Byers


22 posted on 06/07/2012 4:54:05 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: COBOL2Java

Al is a case of having a crook for a father who handed him everything. Al flunk out of school and now he is in league with evil for make him feel important. His spotlight is fading and it is killing him.


23 posted on 06/07/2012 4:57:08 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Romney - not Obama - not a Conservative - not a real Christian)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

They hardly know him in Tennessee...


24 posted on 06/07/2012 4:59:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Kaslin

They have a point. They had a nice little thing going, where taxpayer money would go to the unions who would pass much of it along to the Democrat Party. Scott Walker came in and disrupted their little corruption set-up.


25 posted on 06/07/2012 5:25:17 AM PDT by expat2
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To: Kaslin

Al who? (yawn)


26 posted on 06/07/2012 5:26:09 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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