Scott Walker Wants A Right To Work State: “Divide and Conquer…”
Here is a happy little post that I like to call “Divide and Conquer.” Scott Walker has apparently proclaimed that he doesn’t want Wisconsin to be a right-to-work state, or anti-union state, but news media reports that he was speaking of just this issue with billionaire Diane Hendricks:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the video late Thursday (http://bit.ly/JgPEDL ). Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein captured the clip while making a documentary about the city of Janesville’s efforts to create jobs following the closure of a General Motors plant.
It shows the newly-elected Walker talking to a top donor, Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, and Mary Willmer-Sheedy, an M&I Bank executive from Janesville. Hendricks asks Walker whether he can make Wisconsin a “completely red state, and work on these unions, and become a right-to-work” state. She was referring to states that have passed laws favored by conservatives that allow workers to not pay union dues or join a union even if they are covered by a union contract.
“Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill,” Walker said. “The first step is we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer. According to a transcript the Journal Sentinel obtained, the governor then immediately said: “So for us the base we’ve got for that is the fact that we’ve got — budgetarily we can’t afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there’s no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out.”
I don’t know why Diane Hendricks somehow makes this clip to remove collective bargaining as foreplay, unless that is her perfunctory manner of generally getting what she wants, but feel free to see if you are uncomfortable with this little tete a tete, albeit minus the groaning, but just barely:
It’s a little like watching greedy political porn, but if that’s your style, there is a documentary coming out. Stay tuned. I don’t know about you, but collective bargaining is sure to get everyone else steamy too, and the conversation starts with a big smackeroo. Take hold of your panties, people, because Walker and Hendricks are hot!
- Video: Walker explains divide, conquer strategy (newsok.com)
- Walker’s “Divide and Conquer” Wisconsin Strategy (thedailybeast.com)
- Governor Scott Walker Strategy: ” DIVIDE & CONQUER” | RECALL! (3chicspolitico.com)