Workers Everywhere Deserve an Apology for Walker’s Outrageous Comments

Working people in Wisconsin were having a bad week already.

Their own state representatives, paid for and bought out by corporate interests, are ramming through a so-called “right-to-work” law for no other reason than to silence workers’ voices and eviscerate unions. Anti-worker Gov. Scott Walker said he expects to sign the legislation into law this week.

03_03_2015_scott_walker  But then Walker, trotting around the country boasting his   bona fides as he gears up for a 2016 presidential campaign,   stopped by the Conservative Political Action Conference   (CPAC), the annual circus-like gathering for far-right   activists and fawning young conservative operatives-to-be   that takes place in suburban Washington, DC.

  Walker gave a 15-minute stump speech to the crowd before   being asked a question from a board member of the American Conservative Union, the political organization that hosts CPAC.

“Should you become commander-in-chief, how would you deal with threats such as ISIS?”

ISIS is the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria that is beheading innocent people, massacring prisoners and exterminating entire communities.

03_03_2015_rtwwisconsin  Walker responded not with a plan, but with how his battles against   organized labor in the Badger State have prepared him to take on…you   guessed it, ISIS.

  “We need to have someone who leads and ultimately will send a message   that not only will we protect American soil, but…freedom-loving people   anywhere else in the world. We need that confidence,” said Walker. “If I can   take on a hundred thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Watch the video here.

  Walker later told a CNN reporter that he didn’t regret comparing union   members to ISIS, saying that both were “difficult situations.”

IAM District 10 members took the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison on Saturday, February 28 to protest the state’s GOP-majority legislature’s plans to pass a “right-to-work” law.

Walker was the target of massive, but peaceful, protests in 2011 when he signed into law Act 10, which stripped collective bargaining rights from almost all of the state’s public employees. IAM members and other union members have been picketing the state capitol in Madison again as the state legislature is poised to pass right-to-work legislation.

“Governor Walker’s outrageous comments are a blasphemous insult to not just union members exercising their right to peacefully protest, but to all Americans,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “These are working men and women, his constituents, who are standing up for themselves and pushing back against policies that hurt them, their families and their communities. They exemplify what’s great about America, and they deserve a governor who respects them, not one who trashes their name to score political points. Governor Walker, you should know you made a mistake; the working people of Wisconsin, and everywhere, deserve an apology.”

Walker made similar comments just a week earlier at an event for a group of wealthy donors advocating conservative economic policies.
Larry Kudlow, a TV host on CNBC and former Reagan economic advisor, explains:

“Noteworthy, Walker argued that when Reagan fired the PATCO air-traffic controllers over their illegal strike, he was sending a message of toughness to Democrats and unions at home as well as our Soviet enemies abroad. Similarly, Walker believes his stance against unions in Wisconsin would be a signal of toughness to Islamic jihadists and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.”

Add your name to a growing petition to stop right to work.

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Read the original article on the GoIAM.org site here.

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