Republican Big Lie Machine Helping Scott Walker
People whose IQs are higher than their shoe size are probably aware of this already: Scott Walker did not — EVER — mention anything about collective bargaining or destroying unions when he was running for governor of Wisconsin.
Unfortunately the Rightwing Echo Chamber is trying to rewrite history. They’re spewing out the Big Lie that Scott Walker is simply fulfilling his campaign pledge to “eliminate collective bargaining for state employees.” “He promised to squelch the unions and that’s why the people of Wisconsin elected him.” Etc.
And of course every time a rightwing “newscaster” repeats this Big Lie, millions of bone-stupid drones sit there going “Uh. Uh huh. Huh. Ugh!!!”
Last Monday Scott Walker said:
“I campaigned on (the proposals in the budget repair bill for Wisconsin) all throughout the election. Anybody who says they are shocked on this has been asleep for the past two years.”
Yesterday, Chris “the voice of the inbreds” Wallace said:
“… The question is, he ran on this issue, he was elected, you got a Republican majority. I mean, you know, with Barack Obama you kept saying elections have consequences, why is it bullying to say, ‘I was elected, I want to enact my agenda‘?”
During the election campaign, Walker did talk about making state employees pay more for their pensions and health care benefits. On those issues, state employees and Democratic legislators are willing to negotiate.
The issues that both sides say are non-negotiable — eliminating collective bargaining rights, stipulating that unions will be eliminated completely unless their members vote every year to keep the union in existence — these issues were never EVER mentioned by Walker during the election campaign.
December 7th, 2010 was the first time Scott Walker said anything publicly about eliminating bargaining rights for unions. The election was a month earlier. Do the math.