This being an election year, there is a constant buzz between Democrats and Republicans. Let’s talk, briefly, about one Republican who has been in the public eye.
When We Think of Highly Publicized Republicans, We Think of Scott Walker
He may not be your state’s Governor, but rest assured that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is well known. That does not mean he’s well liked, just well known. Many Wisconsin residents have made their opinion of him perfectly clear – he’s not to be trusted and he’s ruining the state. That’s why he’s being recalled in June of this year with a vengeance.
During his initial TV campaign ads, Scott Walker came across as this “down to earth, I’m just like you, I brown bag my lunch also” persona. Many people believed him and later felt foolish, not to mention angry, after he took office and started in on his own personal agenda. First on the list; try to disable the unions.
Scott Walker Attacks Unions
If you have been keeping up with the news, you’ve most likely heard about the uproar that took place in February 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Thousands of people stormed the capital city of the state to show their disgust and anger at Scott Walker curtailing the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. This effectively prevented them from being able to negotiate benefits, hours and working conditions. Public workers would also have to contribute more money toward pension and health insurance plans. Now, you may or may not personally like the idea of being in a union, and it’s your right not to join one. However, a great many people do join unions, and to have the Governor simply take their rights away is a spit in their faces.
Scott Walker’s War on Women
Governor Walker has Wisconsin women seething, for more than one reason. He has signed anti-choice laws which suspend providing certain basic health services to women. The law signed by Walker also criminalizes a physician’s failure to follow specific protocols. Act 217—a law that adds unnecessary and intrusive restrictions for abortion providers and subjects physicians to felony criminal penalties.
Secondly, Scott Walker recently signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. Both of these acts are a huge step backward for women. As a woman, I can’t help but be disgusted by this man’s actions. Women know themselves better than anyone else, so why should we allow a man, not to mention an outsider, tell us that “they know better” what’s good for us? What gives Scott Walker that right?