George Will: Scott Walker, action figure governor
If, however, enough voters read Walker's nonfiction thriller, it will make him a - perhaps the - leading candidate for his party's 2016 presidential nomination.
Act 10's dynamite, however, was the provision ending the state's compulsory collection of union dues - sometimes as high as $1,400 per year - that fund union contributions to Democrats. Barack Obama and his national labor allies made Wisconsin a battleground because they knew that when Indiana made paying union dues optional, 90 percent of state employees quit paying, and similar measures produced similar results in Washington, Colorado and Utah.
He was elected chief executive of heavily Democratic Milwaukee County after his predecessor collaborated with other officials in rewriting pension rules in a way that, if he had been re-elected instead of resigning, would have given him a lump-sum payment of $2.3 million and $136,000 a year for life.
Walker is politely scathing - a neat trick - of Mitt Romney's campaign, especially of Romney's statement that "I'm not concerned about the very poor" because "we have a very ample safety net." The imperative, Walker says, is to "help them escape the safety net."
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