I just received Scott Walker’s new book and went to it right away. It is an interesting look at the time in and around the Wisconsin “protests” (I use quotation marks around the word ‘protest’ intentionally).
I expected more of an autobiography of Walker, and that is really the
story that I wanted. It is always interesting to me to see how the
formative years of people affect how they make decisions and treat
others later in life. That is not what this book is about.
What this book is about is still an interesting topic. Walker goes
in depth to explain just how bad former Governor Jim Doyle had left the
State of Wisconsin’s finances due to accounting tricks and other
More importantly, Walker takes a deep dive to explain the scam that
the unions were running with their automatic withdrawals of dues,
monopolistic health insurance practices, overtime abuse, and other
things – and how he was going to fix it.
Walker then goes in depth to explain what it was like during the
“protests” and what was going on behind the scenes. He used the term
“theater of the absurd” and that really hit home. Most (all?) of the
“protests” were absolutely absurd.
As I was reading the book, I had to admit that I wasn’t really
learning much of anything as far as the nuts and bolts of the
legislation, “protests”, senators fleeing, and all the rest were
concerned. I was actually at the capitol for much of the protests and
have been following all of these things daily and I knew about all of
the litigation and all the rest. But what was of interest to me were
the personal stories of abuse that Walker and the Republican legislators
were subjected to, including their families. Also of interest was
Walker’s strength that he found in God and that he never wanted to go
back or apologize to anyone for anything. He was doing what he thought
was right, and decided to do his best and let the chips fall.
Walker also explains in detail the campaign during his recall and that this ad turned the tide:
Walker also takes a jab at Obama for not showing up to support Barrett in the recall election.
Toward the end, Walker seems genuinely angry at the Romney campaign
for bungling, well, everything and goes into detail about what he did
wrong, and how these things can be corrected moving forward.
I recommend the book so you can get an inside view of what the
“protests” were like here in Wisconsin a few years ago, and to
understand how Walker implemented his reforms to swing the state from an
enormous deficit to a surplus today. His faith is featured throughout
the book and he makes no apologies for what he has done.
It is an easy to read book that won’t take you long to plow through,
especially if you find the subject matter interesting as I do. I hope
to see a full autobiography on him in the future. Hopefully when he is
sitting in the White House.
Cross posted at ChicagoBoyz.