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Posted on 01/28/2014 9:16:03 AM PST by Dqban22
How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note
The Telegraph Has High Praise for Scott Walker
A certain Republican governor is getting some high praise across the pond. Dr. Tim Stanley, a historian for the United States and contributor to Britains The Daily Telegraph published a piece Monday entitled, How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note, commending the governor of Wisconsin for employing a conservative agenda that actually works:
The fact is that Wisconsin's recovery is real but fragile, and Walker has balanced the books without trying to impose on his state the kind of pure libertarian economics that his opponents feared. It's an example of sensible conservative governance not, as so much of the liberal media seemed to imagine, a Tea Party coup d'etat. No wonder he beat the recall effort.
As many recall, Walker defeated bullying labor unions in November 2011 after they demanded he reinstate their collective bargaining rights. Walker refused to cave and won the recall election handily. Its a good thing for the Badger State, too, for his conservative policies have worked wonders. Stanley continues to compliment Walker's efforts:
Not only has he delivered the goods but (this is the best bit) Walker now wants to give those goods back to the voters in the form of a tax break. So the message to America, and the rest of the world, is this: get spending under control, cut business taxes, create a welfare system that encourages people to seek work and you will balance the budget, reduce unemployment and be able to let people keep more of their money. It turns out that conservative economics, applied with determination and care, can work.
And what has this conservative governor done with the surplus his state can now enjoy? Hes proposing $800 million in tax cuts:
What do you do with a surplus? Give it back to the people who earned it. It's your money," Walker said.
Now that our British friends realize conservative principles work, hopefully American voters will come to the same realization.
Not many in the GOP who ran something bigger than their congressional office and kicked Dems butts at the same time,if he gets re-elected too that will be a threesome.
I am starting to look at Scott Walker as Presidential material. Looks to be one hell of a Governor. He is not Ivy League educated. He is not a lawyer. Hell, he never even graduated from college. Born in Colorado Springs to American parents whom were actually married. Add to that what he has done in the past few years in Wisconsin. Yep, I think I am going to get on the Walker bandwagon early.
Then sit back and watch the GOPe destroy him.
OBAMAS ROAD TO SERFDOM
By Lloyd Billingsley January 28, 2014 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage
Barack Obama has his pen and his phone and as this report notes, the President of the United States is poised to bypass Congress and use his control of federal agencies to impose his progressive agenda on the economy and society throughout 2014.
This is more evidence that Barack Obama has not read Friedrich Hayeks The Road to Serfdom, the 1944 book endorsed by John Maynard Keynes in deeply moved agreement both philosophical and moral. Hayeks book nevertheless remains enlightening about president Obama and his administration in several ways.
Last year in a piece on Obamacare Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson cited Hayek on the challenge of technocratic planning: limited information. The knowledge, Hayek wrote, never exists in concentrated or integrated form but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess.
According to Hayek, a Nobel laureate in economics, the dispute is not about whether planning is to be done or not. Rather, the key question is whether the planning is to be conducted centrally, by one authority or divided among many individuals. Obamacare purports to plan health care for an entire nation. By any standard, that has not worked out well.
The federal website was dysfunctional but Obamacare bosses opted to roll it out anyway. Federal officials remained uncertain how many people had enrolled and whether enrollees had in fact secured a policy. Among other technical and economic problems, the federal website remains insecure and state exchanges have troubles of their own.
So maybe the problem is not Obama or Sebelius, Gerson wrote, but rather a government program that requires superhuman technocratic mastery. That validates Hayek on the information problem. Another section of his grand book, as Keynes called it, may be even more relevant.
That would be Hayeks chapter on Why the Worst Get on Top in societies trending toward central control. In those, the dominating element is the general demand for a quick and determined government action. Therefore it is the man or party strong enough to get things done who exercises the greatest appeal. But for such a man and his party, the problems range far beyond the lack of information.
Where there is one common all-overriding end, Hayek notes, there is no room for any general morals or rules.
The principle that the end justifies the means is in fact the denial of all morals. The leader who really wants to get things done will soon have to choose between disregard of ordinary morals and failure. The necessary practices for such a leader include cruelty and intimidation, deliberate deception and spying.
Likewise, the democratic statesman determined to plan economic life will soon be confronted with the alternative of either assuming dictatorial power or abandoning his plans. That is why, Hayek says, in a society trending toward central control, the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful. Examples abound on the current scene.
The president is mounting a surge in his practice of legislating from the White House, a clear violation of the Constitution. This is precisely the kind of power grab outlined by Friedrich Hayek, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 1991.
The Obama administration has deployed the IRS to intimidate groups the president dislikes. His NSA continues to spy on ordinary Americans, strip-mining their private lives beyond any legitimate security needs. Deception also abounds.
If you like your health care plan, the president said repeatedly, you can keep it. This was not, as the New York Times wrote, an incorrect promise. It was the sort of deliberate deception that, as Hayek noted, even democratic statesmen must indulge if they believe the end justifies the means. Barack Obama, President of the United States, is up to the task, and the results are evident.
His signature plan strips Americans of their health care policies and steers them to a dysfunctional and insecure website whose navigators can be convicted felons. If Americans decline to participate, the IRS will fine them. Millions of Americans are now in dire straits but Barack Obama says as long as he is president Obamacare will never be repealed.
Embattled Americans can doubtless find other evidence that the unscrupulous and uninhibited are already on top, and the nation progressing down the road to serfdom. But could this happen in the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave? Consider Hayeks warning:
Even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit.
The UK (newspaper) looks at Scott Walker
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Walker is the ‘real deal’ and Wisconsin needs him for at least another term.
His country needs him. Build slowly and allow him to be drafted.
Rush just said that if we want to stay SOBER during the drinking games that go along with the ‘State of the Coup’ speech tonight, to listen for the word: WISCONSIN, LOL!
0bama will NOT mention our state, no way, no how!
“Yep, I think I am going to get on the Walker bandwagon early.
Then sit back and watch the GOPe destroy him.”
Sadly, I think you nailed it. :(
I truly enjoy the fact Gov.Walker is getting results, he’s a Godsend - but one of the things that have yet to be fixed in our State is on the collections end of the tax burden - the State Govt gathers 20% MORE in taxes than it actually needs to maintain itself - this became one of the causative agents of our earlier nearly $3Bil deficit under the horrid Jim Doyle. Rather than refunds, how about not planning on 1.5% growth in government every year, in other words, how about shrinking the bloated, inefficient and duplicative state government agencies? Refunds are fine if we must use them as a means, but we need to engage the system head on, throw it in a choke hold and force it to restrict its power thru onerous taxation. If Walker can lay the groundwork for that change and push to short circuit this obvious “collect and give back” deal - when it would be of greater benefit to not collect that extra 20% at all - we will have a superstar.
Walker is back up to 51% Approval Rating. Disapproval rate keeps dropping, so people who DID disapprove of him are FINALLY shutting the ef UP!
However, I don’t believe their hearts or minds have turned... ;)
He and his family are such nice people. I would hate to see them devoured and destroyed by DC.
BUT, for the good of the nation, I would be first in his cadre of volunteers.
He is my choice. He’s taken them on in the arena and prevailed.
God bless Senator Cruz, but being a governor is more like being a President than being a Senator.
I think the best outcome is Walker as President and Cruz as Senate Majority Leader.
It’s interesting ... This is the third or fourth thread I’ve seen today that has raised Walker as Presidential material. Unusual, usually the emphasis is on Cruz.
I hope Walker decides to run, I’m not endorsing him but know he adds elements to the GOP primary mix that arent easy to find elsewhere.
In fact Scott Walker is proof positive that an Ivy League education is not a prerequisite for leadership in high elected office., but maybe is an impediment.
How is walker on gun rights and “immigration reform”?
He seems to be a top contender on the Republican bench.
Capitalization error — walker == Walker.
Good on guns, but... has a proclivity for wet backs.
Judging from some on this site, the self-claimed tea party/far right are trying to destroy him, too. It appears he isn't the same height as Reagan was, or something.
I tend to agree. But I really want to see what candidates emerge and how well they fare in the early campaign and primaries. Rick Perry, Fred Thompson and Bobby Jindel (his first SOTU response) all show the value of allowing candidates the opportunity to prove whether their hearts are in it and whether they’re ready for primetime.
It appears that Walker did cut Wisconsin spending on sacred cows that no other Republicans have been willing to cut. I’ll have a further look at his record. Looks good enough so far, which is much more than be said about the rest.
And once the people of Wisconsin see for themselves that the sky didn’t fall, it will make Walker tougher to beat.
Don’t mind the bandwagons of shrieking, insulting Republican bureaucrats and other suckers of revenue that will come out again. They should stay home to iron shirts and take care of the aging government teachers in their families.
Shrieking and insulting is right. And they tend to be noobs, too. Or retreads.