Walker on 'Meet the Press'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he won't cave in to union and Democratic demands that he compromise on his effort to curb employee benefit programs. He also vows he won't "kick the can down the street" when it comes to dealing with his state's fiscal woes.
Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" with David Gregory, Walker laid out his plan to save his state from fiscal bankruptcy while destroying several false claims about his legislation, which Senate Democrats are delaying by refusing to appear for a final vote.
Among the significant issues covered during his "Meet the Press" interview, Walker:
- Denied he is destroying public employee unions.
- Claimed that unions are not acting in good faith.
Walker told Gregory: "We [have] seen that actions speak louder than words. For us to balance the $3.6 billion deficit we have — but not only now, but to ensure we can continue to do that in the future so our kids don't inherit these same dire consequences — we've got to have assurances. And over the past two weeks, even after they made those promises, we've seen local union after local union rush to their school boards, their city councils, their technical school boards and rush through contracts in the past two weeks that had no contributions to the pension and no contribution to health care. And, in fact, in one case in Janesville, they actually were pushing through a pay increase. Actions do speak louder than words."
- Explained that the law helps local governments curb union demands.
- Said public employee unions are making unusual demands on taxpayers.
- Pointed out his new plan is consistent with how the federal government handles many employees.
- Explained why police and firemen are exempt from his new law.
Walker concluded by telling Gregory that he stands by his statement, "This is our moment, this is our time to change the course of history."
Walker told Gregory: "It's one of those where, for year after year after year, not just the last governor, but governors before, legislatures before, have kicked the can. They've taken one-time fixes to push the budget problems off into the future. We can't do that. We're broke. Like nearly every other state across the country, we're broke. And it's about time somebody stood up and told the truth in this state and said, 'Here's our problem. Here's the solution,' and acted on it. Because, if we don't, we fail to make a commitment to the future. Our children will face even more dire consequences than what we face today."
So, who is lying?
M.A. thinks that if taxes payers win, that would be a much needed and refreshing change for sure.
The democracy will cease to exist
when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Teachers being paid to lie about being sick and attending union functions instead of tending to their jobs, responsibility and students, school districts paying subsitute teachers to fill in and, congress members collectly their pay while refusing to show up for work...
Who do you side with?
Can you do any of this without getting fired or going broke?