Lame GOP Gov Response to Sequester, Wisconsin's Scott Walker Edition

Wisconsin ReporterWisconsin ReporterI'm quoted in this piece from the Wisconsin Reporter on Gov. Scott Walker's response to the sequester (more on that in a moment). Matt Kittle reports that in his weekly radio address, the conservative governor was hedging on whether the sequester was a good thing for the Dairy State:

“I asked President Obama to offer a more reasonable alternative to the arbitrary cuts contained in the current sequestration plan,” Walker said. “So far, the President has resisted offering a reasonable alternative.”

The governor said he will “continue to put pressure on the President and politicians in D.C. to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in our federal government in a way that makes sense and avoids the type of arbitrary cuts contained in the current sequestration plan.”

What is the governor’s “reasonable alternative?” Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie repackaged part of Walker’s radio address in answering the question.

“Governor Walker believes cutting fraud, waste and abuse in the federal government would be better than moving forward with the arbitrary cuts contained in the current sequestration plan,” Werwie wrote in an e-mail response to Wisconsin Reporter. He provided no details.

Well, sure. Let's cut all waste, fraud, and abuse in spending. But that should always be the order of the day, shouldn't it? To his credit, Walker still opposes the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare, which would bring more federal bucks to Wisconsin (though in a way that will undoubtedly increase state-level spending over time) and he scotched a truly useless high-speed rail package.

Some state pols say bring on the sequester:

At a press conference Thursday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, told Wisconsin Reporter he hopes the sequester goes through.

“We need more [cuts in spending]. People realize we have a problem, and it’s about time we face up to it,”  said Vos, who also blamed Obama for his what he sees as the president’s intransigence, asserting Obama needs to “lead and find consensus” as Vos says he has done as speaker.

Kittle's piece summarizes some of my writing on the topic and adds this quote from me on the issue:

"I think one of the things that has to happen for the Republican Party to face any kind of rebirth is they are going to have to face how deeply they’re on the public teat at every level and root that out,” Gillespie said.

Read the whole thing.

Related: Small-Government GOP Governors Getting All Pissy About Sequester.

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  • LTC(ret) John||

    “Governor Walker believes cutting fraud, waste and abuse in the federal government would be better than moving forward with the arbitrary cuts contained in the current sequestration plan,”

    In other words - no specifics, gee thanks for that.

  • Marshall Gill||

    Fuck that. Waste, fraud and abuse still doesn't make up the lion's share of spending. Entire programs are waste, but that isn't what they are talking about.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    It's kind of weaselly. On the other hand, he's not part of the federal government. Anything he names will probably cause trouble with zero chance of being implemented, anyway.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Walker's no dummy.

  • Rich||

  • jangtrang||

    Gotta love US Politics, best politics money can buy lol.

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  • Killazontherun||

    That is like the worst nick for syphilis ever. You might wanna call your other partners, bitch. I gave you the jangtrang!

  • wareagle||

    it gets a little annoying for Repubs to constantly put the whole thing off on Obama. Much as I dislike POTUS, nothing stops the GOP House majority or any of its Senators from producing this alleged "reasonable alternative" that is in such demand. For that matter, nothing stops Walker from doing it, either, other than a desire to score cheap political points.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    For that matter, nothing stops Walker from doing it, either, other than a desire to score cheap political points.

    Well, that, and common sense.

    What's the upside of a governor putting forward a "reasonable alternative" that can be demagogued against but that he has no power to implement?

    At least with the teachers' unions and education, he had the power it implement his ideas to show the demagogues were wrong. He can't do that here.

  • Just Counterfly||

    To me it seems a no-win situation to put anything forward.

    Either what they put forward is not passed, in which case they look like the powerless schlubs they are.

    Or, they actually pass what they put forward, and then every single thing that goes "wrong" gets blamed on them.

    I hate to say it, but it's kind of smart just to sit back and go 'fix it bitch.'

  • Marshall Gill||

    nothing stops the GOP House majority or any of its Senators from producing this alleged "reasonable alternative" that is in such demand

    They could produce it but they would then get beaten up with it. Since the President does not want to cut anything, ANY alternative will be deemed "unreasonable". Look the way they have acted with regard to "cutting" less than 1% of the budget.

    Sequester itself was supposed to be a reasonable alternative and according to Bob Woodward, the President's idea. Now that it is close to happening the Administration and MSM can't stop talking about how the GOP wants to starve granny and eat children.

  • wareagle||

    I get it being Obama's idea but the Repubs signed off on it, too, so they shoulder a portion of responsibility. Just saying Walker's comments are based more on politics than policy.

  • Killazontherun||

    In democratic political structures the incentives for representative leaders are destructive. Obama is rewarded for demagoguing for taxes on a rich minority who are the subject of the ignorant envy of the masses, and he is doubly rewarded for promising large segments of the population things that do not belong to them. The GOP is damned if they do, damned if they don't on the first, and they depend on their electoral survival by going along with the democrats on the later. Iow, the people responsible are the ones who put them in office. The people whose yards you should be crapping in, desalinization tanks you should be pissing in and cars you should be keying are your neighbors.

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    nothing stops the GOP House majority or any of its Senators from producing this alleged "reasonable alternative" that is in such demand.

    Hasn't the house passed a budget the last several years, only to have the senate not vote on it? I would say that places the blame squarely on the dems.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    "nothing stops the GOP House majority or any of its Senators from producing this alleged "reasonable alternative" that is in such demand"

    Not sure what you mean here. The HOR passed a budget for FY 2013. Isn't that how this is supposed to work?

  • CampingInYourPark||

    "Senate Rejects Five Budget Plans Amid Republican Complaints"

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....votes.html

  • wareagle||

    I know all that. Walker is complaining about the sequester, teh thing Obama is said to have come up and that the Repubs signed off on.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Wait, so the politicians who have to run state wide are more concerned about sequester than the ones that only have to worry about voters from a wealthy suburb that doesn't have any appreciable government employment? Well, I'm just SHOCKED!

  • ||

    "I think one of the things that has to happen for the Republican Party to face any kind of rebirth is they are going to have to face how deeply they’re on the public teat at every level and root that out,” Gillespie said.

    Is that sort of like the "we lost the last election because we weren't sufficiently conservative?" Yeah, cut all that waste, fraud, and abuse, that's the ticket - a message suitable for the (highly intelligent)conservative voter, and a prime example of why the GOP is widely viewed as out of touch with modern problems.

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