Skip to comments.Al Gore: Yeah, Scott Walker Caused the “Divisiveness” in Wisconsin
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 Walkers hard-right-wing agenda during an appearance on Eliot Spitzers show Viewpoint.
You may have heard many cable-news pundits on Tuesday night mulling over the results from Wisconsins recall election, but did anyone manage to work in a Billy Joel reference?
Thats 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 todays polarizing climate, Gore said, Well, I hope that we can get away from divisiveness, but as Billy Joel sang, we didnt 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 didnt 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 nights recall election is because hes 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 Walkers 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 Gores misleading claim that Governor Walker pursued a hard-right-wing divisive agenda to balance the states 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, theres a reason Wisconsinites re-elected Scott Walker last night. And its not because of his divisive agenda.
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.
The tactics of the democrat party IS.. to divide and conquer the American people..
Americans elected “on purpose” a divisive President..
50,000 max? Your much to generous. How about 500 max?
I wonder what Former President Elect Algore would consider to be a “very extreme, hard-left-wing divisive agenda”?
al gore is and always has been full of it.
this from the man who thinks that just below the surface of the earth the temperature is ‘several millions of degrees’
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Of course not:
He has led a privileged life, yet the left will count him as a 99%er.
Algore ahould be laughed at everywhere he goes.
Al Gore: Shakra Con.
Al needs to just stay home and count his oil stock money.
Al who? Never heard of the creep.
Yeah, algore is an agent of hell... sure ‘nuff!
Gore’s so full of crap his eyes turned brown.
Those people at Kleiner, Perkins, and Byers must be a real group of idiots.
Gee, I would have though Gore of all people would have recognized a happy ending when he saw it.,
Oops, forgot Byers
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.
They hardly know him in Tennessee...
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.
Al who? (yawn)