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The Nation hit piece on Gov. Walker - This couldn't get uglier
The Nation ^ | 5/24/12 | John Nichols

Posted on 05/22/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT by Jean S

Edited on 05/22/2012 2:08:50 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Did Scott Walker Lie Under Oath to Congress?

John Nichols on May 14, 2012 - 1:55 PM ET

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker met with a billionaire campaign donor a month before he launched his attack on the collective-bargaining rights of public-sector workers and public-school teachers, he engaged in a detailed discussion about undermining unions as part of a broader strategy of strengthening the position of his Republican party.

After he initiated those attacks, Governor Walker testified under oath to a Congressional committee. He was asked during the April 2011 hearing to specifically address the question of whether he set out to weaken unions—which traditionally back Democrats and which are expected to play a major role in President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign—for political purposes. Walker replied: “It’s not about that for me.”

During the same hearing, Walker was asked whether he “ever had a conversation with respect to your actions in Wisconsin and using them to punish members of the opposition party and their [union] donor base?”

Walker replied, not once but twice, that the answer was “no.”

So, did the governor of Wisconsin lie, under oath, to Congress? The videotape of Walker talking with Diane Hendricks, the Beloit, Wisconsin, billionaire who would eventually give his campaign more than $500,000, surfaced late last week. Captured in January 2011 by a documentary filmmaker who was trailing Hendricks, the conversation provides rare insight into the governor’s long-term strategy for dividing Wisconsin. And the focus of the conversation and the strategy is by all evidence a political one.

In the video, Walker is shown meeting with Hendricks before an economic development session at the headquarters of a firm Hendricks owns, ABC Supply Inc., in Beloit. After Walker kisses Henricks, she asks: “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions?”

“Oh, yeah!” says Walker.

Henricks then asks: “And become a right-to-work [state]?”

Walker replies: “Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer.”

After describing the strategy, Walker tells the woman who asked him about making Wisconsin a “completely red state”: “That opens the door once we do that.”

In a transcript of raw footage from the conversation, Hendricks asks Walker if he has a role model. Walker replies that he has high regard for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who early in his term used an executive order to strip collective-bargaining rights away from public employees and who, more recently, signed right-to-work legislation. Walker described the use of the executive order to undermine union rights as a “beautiful thing” and bemoaned the fact that he would have to enact legislation to achieve the same end in Wisconsin.

Within weeks, the woman who asked Walker about his strategy to make Wisconsin “a completely red state” wrote a $10,000 check to support his campaign. (She would eventually up the donation to $510,000, making Hendricks the single largest donor in the history of Wisconsin politics.) Within a month, Walker had launched the anti-union initiative that the two had discussed as a part of that “red-state” strategy, provoking mass protests that would draw the attention of Congress.

Testifying under oath to the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Walker said in his formal statement and in response to questions from committee members that his efforts to restrict the collective-bargaining rights of unions— including moves to prevent them from collecting dues, maintaining ongoing representation of members and engaging effectively in political campaigns—had nothing to do with politics.

Walker was asked specifically about a Fox News interview with Wisconsin state Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald, in which Fitzgerald said of the anti-union push: “If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.”

Congressman Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, asked Walker about Fitzgerald’s statement. “I understand you can’t speak for [Fitzgerald] but you can opine as to whether you agree with your state Senate leader when he says this is ultimately about trying to defeat President Obama in Wisconsin. Do you agree?”

“I can tell you what it is for me,” Walker answered. “It’s not about that. It’s ultimately about balancing the budget now and in the future.”

Under questioning from other members of the committee (especially Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley), however, Walker admitted that many of the moves he initiated had no real impact on the state budget.

They did have the impact of weakening unions in the workplace and in the politics of the state, however.

It was in that context that Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, pressed Walker on the matter of political intentions.

“Have you ever had a conversation with respect to your actions in Wisconsin and using them to punish members of the opposition party and their [union] donor base?

“No,” replied Walker.

“Never had such a conversation?” Connolly pressed.

“No,” said Walker.

The videotape from several months earlier, in which Walker speaks at length with his most generous campaign donor, suggests a very different answer to the questions from Murphy and Connolly. Indeed, the videotape shows Walker having just such a conversation.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: hitpiece; lies; milwaukee; scottwalker; tombarrett; wisconsin

1 posted on 05/22/2012 2:05:06 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

The union thugs arestill gonna lose.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 2:10:13 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Jean S

I fail to see their “logic”.

The question was about punishing opponents and there’s no quote where Walker so much as implies that.


3 posted on 05/22/2012 2:10:54 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Jean S

I wouldn’t want to bet that it can’t get uglier,
I know democrats.


4 posted on 05/22/2012 2:13:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jean S
Thats pretty thin gruel, leftwing-journalist scum. If Holder can lie with a smile & still sit pretty over in DOJ then you'll have to do quite a bit better than this.

Good luck on your next try.

5 posted on 05/22/2012 2:13:56 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Jean S
Obviously Walker is a bald-faced liar.

Ergo he must be a Democrat. This explains why the efforts to recall are beginning to subside....professional courtesy.

6 posted on 05/22/2012 2:17:17 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Jean S.


7 posted on 05/22/2012 2:18:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jean S
When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker met with a billionaire campaign donor a month before he launched his attack on the collective-bargaining rights of public-sector workers and public-school teachers, he engaged in a detailed discussion about undermining unions as part of a broader strategy of strengthening the position of his Republican party.

HE SAYS THAT LIKE IT'S A BAD THING...............

8 posted on 05/22/2012 2:26:11 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Jean S
So, did the governor of Wisconsin lie, under oath, to Congress?

They're scared that this qualifies him to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

9 posted on 05/22/2012 2:27:04 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Jean S
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10 posted on 05/22/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: glorgau
They're scared that this qualifies him to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

We need him at a higher level then just U.S. Attorney General!

11 posted on 05/22/2012 2:32:26 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Jean S
If you read La Nacion you are a brave soul. Did it ever get up on its hindquarters these past years over lie-a-minute Hussein, or better yet, Fast & Furious Holder?
12 posted on 05/22/2012 2:35:27 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Check this out.


13 posted on 05/22/2012 2:35:46 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

Is the Nation going to ask those same types of questions to the various Unions, about their working together to defeat Walker? Somehow I doubt it.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 2:39:30 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Jean S

It’s about returning money to the taxpayers and the union members that had been forcibly siphoned off by thieving union bosses.

So of course it’s going to hurt Communists who depend on stealing for their existence. But that’s only incidental to the purpose of reducing theft.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 2:41:02 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Jean S

Has she confirmed that she said this? If not, somebody needs to check that tape. It makes no sense that Walker would be so free and open or that she would ask the question as soon as he arrived. I have a feeling that some dubbing is going on. Specifically check her diction and the soundbite.


16 posted on 05/22/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: Jean S

Has she confirmed that she said this? If not, somebody needs to check that tape. It makes no sense that Walker would be so free and open or that she would ask the question as soon as he arrived. I have a feeling that some dubbing is going on. Specifically check her diction and the soundbite.


17 posted on 05/22/2012 2:59:42 PM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: Jean S
never challenge worse...
18 posted on 05/22/2012 3:02:08 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Jean S
So, did the governor of Wisconsin lie, under oath, to Congress?

Will The Nation ever ask this question?

So, did the Attorney General of the United States lie, under oath, to Congress?

19 posted on 05/22/2012 3:04:33 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Jean S
Giving American workers the freedom to choose whether or not they want to be affiliated with a union cannot hurt, undermine or weaken unions if unions are truly voluntary self-help organizations with their members' best interests at heart.

Scott Walker can be considered to have been lying under oath only if unions are lying about what they are.

20 posted on 05/22/2012 3:04:33 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Jean S

Anyone know how the 4 Senators and AG under recall are doing in the polls? Isn’t their recall election held the same time as Walker’s?


21 posted on 05/22/2012 3:12:41 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: Jean S

No one reads the Nation, liberals don’t even read this rag. Heck, the Milwaukee Journal just endorsed Walker and saw no reason to recall him.
The GOP won’t have any hearings on this no matter who requests it.


22 posted on 05/22/2012 3:13:19 PM PDT by bfree (OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Logic isn’t their strong suit.


23 posted on 05/22/2012 3:19:44 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: bfree

RATS are just transferring their fear of Sarah to fear and loathing of Walker.

Won’t work this time. Scott isn’t a household name: you can’t Alinsky somebody nobody has ever heard of.


24 posted on 05/22/2012 3:27:48 PM PDT by txhurl (AB would vote for Scott Walker. Come on, Ron, give us the chance to do so.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Even carefully edited (its the Nation), the transcript does not say it was about politics. He said: “That [making Wisconsin all red] opens the door to limiting unions.” Duh.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 3:52:56 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Jean S

Rep. Gerald Connelly (D-VA) is a marxist thug and used threats and political thuggery to intimidate the people of Fairfax Virginia. He beat his way into Congress.

May he drop dead now!


26 posted on 05/22/2012 4:07:15 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: wideawake
The unions need to clean house and drain the cesspool at the top of the organization. The leadership is rotten to the core and full of communist scumbags. Members deserve to lose benefits if they can't take their union back from the die hard communist who took it over and used it to push their agenda.
27 posted on 05/22/2012 4:09:27 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: Jean S

The key word is PUNISH. The questioner asked if the intent was to apply punitive action to the opposition. The intent of Walker’s actions is to bring fiscal (and political, BTW) sanity to the state, not to punish the opposition.

The questioner is an idiot.

So is the writer, IMO.


28 posted on 05/22/2012 4:11:16 PM PDT by MortMan (Americans are a people increasingly separated by our connectivity.)
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To: Jean S; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Wisconsin: Hit piece on Gov. Walker ping

FReep Mail if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.

PS Received my absentee ballot in the mail today and have already filled it out. Will drop it off at City Hall tomorrow morning. BTW, I noticed that it doesn’t even require a stamp. For others voting by mail, don’t forget to get somebody to witness your ballot. A lot of people forget to have the witness sign, and their ballots are NOT counted.


29 posted on 05/22/2012 4:32:13 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: fwdude
Anyone know how the 4 Senators and AG under recall are doing in the polls? Isn’t their recall election held the same time as Walker’s?

It's not the AG, it's the Lt. Gov. who is under recall. Yes, the recalls are all on the same day. I don't have any current poll figures for the Senators. It all depends upon turn out. It looks like the turn out will be heavy -- Presidential level.

30 posted on 05/22/2012 4:38:15 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: EGPWS

“restricting collective bargaining rights” means

opening up and protecting individual’s bargaining rights -— to negotiate and compete with these union-thug cartels.


31 posted on 05/22/2012 4:51:31 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Jean S; Diana in Wisconsin
If I am not mistaken, the author of this piece, John Nichols, is the lead editorial writer for the Madison Capital Times -- head moonbat at the most liberal newspaper in the country.

As such, he is not beyond an outright lie, much less a simple misrepresentation.

I wouldn't trust the SOB to tell me the color of his daddy's Holsteins.

32 posted on 05/22/2012 5:12:28 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Jean S
According to Wikipedia.......:

Circulation peaked at 187,000 in 2006 but by 2010 had dropped back to 145,000 in print though digital subscriptions had risen to over 15,000.....The Nation has lost money in all but three or four years of operation and is sustained in part by a group of more than 30,000 donors called The Nation Associates....

33 posted on 05/22/2012 5:24:36 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Did you see the National Review cover? It was awesome. Slay the beast. Beautiful.


34 posted on 05/22/2012 5:27:21 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Then I would suppose that the vote percentage for the other recall candidates will be basically the same for Walker, assuming that their districts are representative of the whole state.


35 posted on 05/22/2012 5:31:33 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: Jean S

That all strings together on a Rube Goldberg operation of a line of logic. They have to make the (very long) leap to even insinuate the intent was to harm opponents. The “divide and conquer” comment was clearly in a political context.

That attempt at a “hail Mary” pass just thudded on the ground after all of one yard. That article likely got 3X the readership it normally would, just by appearing here. The communist propaganda organ “Nation” garners all the interest of a Piers Morgan interview.

Try again, lefties. Maybe accuse Walker of an extramarital affair... or a sexual assault. Oh wait, that won`t work either, since it`ll endear him to democrats.


36 posted on 05/23/2012 2:20:28 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Jean S

Desperation. Even the national Democratic Party has abandoned the recall.


37 posted on 05/23/2012 7:45:52 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Jean S

The videotape of Walker talking with Diane Hendricks, the Beloit, Wisconsin, billionaire who would eventually give his campaign more than $500,000, surfaced late last week. Captured in January 2011 by a documentary filmmaker who was trailing Hendricks.

Who was this DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER? And why are they following around a conservative billionare? Do they work for Obama? The DNC? Unions?

This is getting very serious people.


38 posted on 05/23/2012 8:49:52 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: Jean S

It’s a compound question and it goes to his motive. It’s chilling that they could ask this question. Imagine hauling Obama before congress and asking him a comparable question.


39 posted on 05/24/2012 4:45:35 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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