Gov. Walker: Opposition’s Threats Ironic

Friday, 11 Mar 2011 09:25 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker calls union-backed demonstrations against GOP lawmakers – who protesters accuse of circumventing the democratic process – highly ironic, when Democratic senators resorted to “dirty tricks,” by going AWOL for three weeks to avoid voting on legislation curtailing the right of public employees to collectively bargain.

walker, wisconsin, opposition, ironicIn a Thursday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Walker said the state’s budget-cutting bill ultimately benefits Wisconsin’s middle-class taxpayers, because it “protects middle-class jobs.”

“In all these other states where they are cutting, they are forcing massive layoffs or massive property-tax increases. In our state, we are doing something better than that,” he said. “We put through true reform that will make for better government – and ultimately a better deal for our taxpayers.”

Hannity asked Walker his reaction to the mayhem created by those protesting the Senate and Assembly votes, and the fact that people are coming from out of state to join the protesters.

“The irony is: People should be upset at the dirty tricks being done by those 14 Senate Democrats,” Walker said. “Because the fact of the matter is that for three weeks they’ve abandoned their jobs, they’ve abandoned the people they represent here in the state of Wisconsin – in those 14 legislative districts – and they’ve really decided that somehow the minority can rule on this.

“What we’ve shown, is that we can move this bill forward,” Walker continued. “We reached out to some of the reasonable [Democratic senators] for the past two weeks. Their leader, Senator Mark Miller, showed they had no interest but shutting this bill down, and thankfully the legislature stood up to those sort of tactics – particularly to those tactics from out-of-state union bosses.”

Walker said he has no problem with the Wisconsin demonstrators who have been protesting against the bill in the weeks since it was introduced, but people should not be coming in from outside the state “trying to intimidate lawmakers – offering up threats.”

“That’s just not the way it is done – at least in the Midwest,” he said. “And thankfully, our lawmakers stood up to those sort of thuggery attacks, and we are not going to allow that here in the state of Wisconsin.

“We can have good, civil debate – the people who work for state and local government have been decent, and I respect them throughout this process,” Walker continued. “But the people coming in from other states … just don’t belong here, and hopefully they will move on to another state, where they think those tactics might work.”

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