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Scott Walker: Think of the Children We Could Save With This Recall Money


Alleged Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday morning to talk about the valiant effort to get him recalled, and being a Republican, decided to try to make us feel guilty about our finances, saying that if it weren’t for the Wisconsin taxpaying people’s efforts to overthrow him, the money that’s being used to overthrow him could be spent on children and old people. Huh. Nope, not interested. Walker also said that the reason he is such an awful governor is because he’s been “distracted” by attempts to get him removed from the position.

Yes, well. This guy is a spray-painted-hair-sporting fool and a half. He described himself as being far ahead of his Democratic rivals in the election contest, and yet in the seconds previous to that declaration MSNBC contributor Willie Geist quoted some stats showing Walker with a 47/47 approval/disapproval rating. Geist essentially fed him the “Aren’t you terribly distracted?” question, but instead of dismissing it like a good politician would, Walker jumped at the chance to be a diva/the exact guy the Wisconsin people do not like him for being:

Well, we’re focused, but it’s a huge distraction, not just for me, for the legislature. I mean, it’s $9 million of taxpayers’ money just to run this. Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million that we didn’t have to waste on this — this frivolous recall election.

“Frivolous”: spoken like a true dictator. Does Walker not realize that the very chunk of people who want him out could potentially be persuaded to keep him in? Who does Scott call friends? What is “frivolous” about democracy? Hmm.

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Then a few beats after calling his own people “frivolous”-minded, the governor seemed to realize that these are the only people he’s got, because his career will be over after this, and added:

But you know, I had to work hard to earn the trust of a majority of people in my state two years ago. I’m gonna have to work even harder to renew that trust with a majority of voters in our state. And I think in the end, when they see that we’re heading in the right direction — we’ve turned the corner, it is a new day in Wisconsin.

It is? Anyway, there is at least one person who WILL STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND WITH GOVERNOR WALK-ER!

Also, not to sound like Mitt Romney, but in the grand scheme of a state budget, $9 million is really not very much money if it means saying goodbye to a power-hungry buffoon with a grease-covered brillo pad for hair. [TalkingPointsMemo]

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143 comments

  1. MrFizzy

    Personally, I'm distracted by his right eye being a quarter inch lower on his face than his left one. Good thing I'm not governor.

    1. An_Outhouse

      See what happens to your face when David Koch stuffs his big thing down your throat ( or up your ass).

        1. 415buzzard

          I am familiar with Wisconsin as my dear mother lives there, she is one of the senior citizens Rat Man Walker is so "concerned" about. She also signed the recall petition.

    2. YasserArraFeck

      Must be hard to enunciate clearly when one's "mighty purty mout'" is fixed into Koch-sucking position

    3. Rotundo_

      It's more like 3/8 to 1/2 inch and the ear is even worse. As for the millions, if the Koch's weren't dumping cash hand over fist to save his sorry ass we could be rid of him much more efficiently. Sucks to be hated doesn't it Scooter?

  2. EatsBabyDingos

    I assume the picture of his face is in response to "what does advanced Koch-suckers Cramp looks like?"

  3. memzilla

    "Think about the number of kids we could help unions we could break, think of the number of seniors we could help grifts we could run in our state with $9 million…"

    /fixed

  4. SorosBot

    Think of all the money they could throw away with tax cuts for the rich, which is all Walker's done with it!

    1. freakishlywrong

      Yes. He was focused like a laser on that. As far as stripping workers rights, again, beamed in. Now, he's "distracted".

    2. actor212

      Some facts: Wisconsin's population is roughly 6 million. 11% are poor, and 6% are under the age of five, 14% over 65.

      So basically he's offering to tip them $3 each.

  5. An_Outhouse

    I'm curious whether he sounds like the the whiny closeted homosexual mommy's boy that he looks like. Unfortunately, there is a 30 second ad first. I'm not that curious. I'll just assume that yes, he does sound like the the whiny closeted homosexual mommy's boy that he looks like.

      1. An_Outhouse

        Did you notice that I didn't use any commas? Its only an insult to whiny closeted homosexual mommy's boy gheys. I assume they are few and will not come over and kick my ass.

  6. BaldarTFlagass

    Oooh! $9 million! Well, compared to the $1.5 BILLION you cut from the education budget, that's a drop in the bucket, so why don't you cry some more fucking crocodile tears? Asshole.

  7. MissTaken

    Think of all the billboards in deserted factory parking lots that Walker could buy for that $9 million.

    1. orygoon

      For nine million dollars, you could buy my dad's boyhood home. Oops, I mean his boyhood homeTOWN. Which, I kid you not, is in Paul Ryan's district.

      1. redarmyzombie

        For $9 million dollars, you could buy my house about…
        *checks calculator*
        good god, 150 times over. I'm shocked.

  8. bumfug

    "Just fifty cents a day could give little Timmy here food and shelter in exchange for his efforts down at the mine."

    1. YasserArraFeck

      "Just 1 dollar (and a Collie) will rescue Little Timmy from the well in which he is trapped"……..then we can dust the little shagger off and send him down the mine where he belongs…

  9. KeepFnThatChicken

    Gaging the opinion of most conservative leaders nationwide, fuck those kids and seniors. Bootstraps or emigrate, you freeloaders.

  10. ttommyunger

    Those Kochs have given his lower lip a perm, apparently. I've seen it all, but that is somehow very disturbing…

      1. prommie

        I was just looking for an excuse to say "Todd Palin's Alleged Prostitute." I want to form a band and name it "Todd Palin's Alleged Prostitutes."

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      That's actually terrible news for the recall folks, if true. I would hope it'd be down in the low 30's for really good shot at this thing working. Special elections are a tough nut.

      1. Jerri

        Exactly. If this doesn't work, not only do we still have to live with this terrible knob as our governor, but he will never let us hear the end of how he beat us twice. That's almost worse. (Almost).

        1. ZHollows

          I've got my hopes in the John Doe investigations that Scooter will be in prison by the end of the year. Hope dies last!

    2. Rotundo_

      The stupid is strong in the north and east. When you get educated in northern Wisconsin you know enough to get the hell out of northern Wisconsin. The economic conservatives around the southeast corner just take advantage of the northern hicks, and once in a great while elect one, like Tommy Thompson. That piece of work is running for senate to replace Herb Kohl this time around. I am hoping that the motivation on the part of the sane folks outweighs the pukes this time out or we do become Wississippi.

    3. MilwaukeeKent

      I think he won election at 52-48, not exactly a mandate to start with, except the GOP also swept the state House and Senate. An exact split comes down to ground game (if polls don't change by the time of the election), which should give an edge to the Recall forces. If the Walker crowd actually believe the things they say about the recall and those behind it, they're fooling themselves, won't get their facts straight and will lose.
      In every photo and every live appearance he always looks, to me, like a man recently slapped across the face with a dead trout.

  11. FlownOver

    "Walker also said that the reason he is such an awful governor is because he’s been “distracted” by attempts to get him removed from the position."

    Uh, Scotty, it's supposed to go like this:
    1. Horse
    2. Cart.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Maybe he should of stayed home and did the work he was elected to do, instead of flying around the country looking for people to give him money to fight this recall campaign.

  12. MaxNeanderthal

    Is it just me, or does his lower lip look like the little cut-out you see on an ashtray to rest a greasy, tar-dripping, yellow stained butt on? Or maybe a cigarette, even, also…

  13. CogitoErgoBibo

    In all fairness, he's also often distracted by squirrels, cartoons and lunch. Multi-tasking from a Governor? We're obviously asking too much.

  14. MissTaken

    $9 million? Walker can't get the Koch brothers to pull their pants all the way down when giving them blow jobs for anything less than $11 mil.

  15. edgydrifter

    This is the political equivalent of the little shit you caught pocketing bills from the till trying to defend his job by saying "Are you sure you want to fire me? Think about all the time and money you'll waste finding my replacement!"

  16. Beowoof

    You rat fucking bastard, it is your trying to hose over the working families of Wisconsin that led to this fight, just so you could pass cash to your buddies the Cock Brothers.

  17. Chichikovovich

    I mean, it’s $9 million of taxpayers’ money just to run this. Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million that we didn’t have to waste on this — this frivolous recall election.

    Well? You cut off too early! Was the next sentence "So for the sake of the children and the seniors I'm resigning now"?

    I'm betting it was. A guy so full of concern like that doesn't think of personal ambition.

  18. paris biltong

    Think of all the money that could be saved by doing away with the next presidential election! Millions uselessly spent on Republican party primaries. More millions for conventions. Yet more millions for the general election. Let's just declare Obama the winner and get on with it. Give the money saved to the poor.

  19. Terry

    "Walker also said that the reason he is such an awful governor is because he’s been “distracted” by attempts to get him removed from the position."

    Uh, Scott, it was your words and actions when you got into office that necessitated the recall. Your idiocy since the recall began has just been icing on the cake, so to speak.

    1. EatsBabyDingos

      He probably thinks if he drills a third hole in the boat, the water will drain that much faster. Drill, Scotty, Drill!

  20. edgydrifter

    For a man of Walker's intellectual capacity, a passing bus or a reflected spot of light on the wall would be a debilitating distraction.

  21. orygoon

    *I* am thinking of the Cheesehead half of my family, which would all be so much happier/better off/maybe-even-more-employed, if Dropout Scott Walker would just go away.

  22. Toomush_Infer

    Orrrr…..we could just spend that $9 mill on …well…blow!…we could snort it off my big governor's desk, or off the Koch brother's asses….!

  23. Lascauxcaveman

    I agree with Governor Walker that it would be good help children and old people. I respectfully disagree with how that would be best accomplished.

    Recalling his Koch-licking ass would be a good start, and a bargain at $9mil.

  24. actor212

    Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million that we didn’t have to waste on this — this frivolous recall election

    Why, all of them, Katie!

  25. EloquentScience

    Poor Scott. What a terrible governor. Maybe someone should tell his colleagues in the U.S. Congress to lay off our president so that he could get around to solving the economic problems that this country faces. Dickwad. :-P

  26. Terry

    "But you know, I had to work hard to earn the trust of a majority of people in my state two years ago."

    You worked hard at it, Scott? Well, hate to break it to you but you failed miserably.

    " I’m gonna have to work even harder to renew that trust with a majority of voters in our state."

    Well, your first round of hard work did such a great job of building trust that if you work even harder at it, they may just put you in jail or run you out of the state.

    "And I think in the end, when they see that we’re heading in the right direction"

    Yeah, and the recall was the first step in that right direction.

    " — we’ve turned the corner, it is a new day in Wisconsin."

    Scott, you know you're not the first person to use that line, right?

    1. Doktor Zoom

      The recall movement is in its last throes. Besides, you've got to disenfranchise the voters you've got, not the voters you wish you had.

    2. GOPCrusher

      " — we’ve turned the corner, it is a new day in Wisconsin."

      Hopefully that line will be repeated in the next Governor's inauguration address.

  27. freakishlywrong

    Thank Allah Doucheborough wasn't there to yell over everyone and carry his water. He's been saying since this started: "Oh, they'll never get the signatures", "Oh, they'll never get the money", "Oh, they'll never get the votes". And the fucker is always wrong.

  28. Dashboard Buddha

    Fuck you, you human parading as a turd. Clinton had even worse thrown at him, yet he managed to do his job (although, to be fair, his admin used the same distraction thingy…but he still managed to do his job for all that).

  29. Goonemeritus

    Scott is being way to modest, this will end up costing the Republican Party way more than 9 million.

  30. mrpuma2u

    Why aren't the GOP front runners helping you, Scotty? Could it be they aren't sure you'll survive this, and don't want to have the taint (I couldn't resist myself) of your failure to hold office associated with them?

  31. Chichikovovich

    When Walker says he wants to spend that money on seniors, you have to remember that corporations are people too. And many of the corporations that do business in Wisconsin incorporated over 65 years ago.

  32. iburl

    If Scottie had not been such a Koch-pleasin' toadie, that $9 million would have certainly gone to a worthy cause, such as foam cheese hat subsidies.

  33. ManchuCandidate

    Maybe Walker would be better off selling Wisconsin's public power plants at full price rather than the bargain basement prices to the Koch brothers which is one of the reasons why Kochs got hard for the Wis.

    1. MilwaukeeKent

      Okay, wait, for me and every other home consumer of wattage in WI, I buy power from a rotten monoply posing as a free enterprise corporation same as most people. These are small state-owned plants for the big university & hospital, some other universities and big prisons. Small potatoes for the Kochs but they'll sell under no-bid (no bid = corruption guaranteed) to some favored corporate buddies of David & Charlie. I buy power from We Energies, known unaffectionately as Weenergies.

  34. mavenmaven

    Think of how much money we can save when the republican platform attacking regular americans keeps kids out of college, takes away their chance at a reasonable livelihood with bargaining rights, and sells everyone into below minimum wage/no health care indentured servitude!

  35. annettaj

    Children and old people!? I thought the baggers
    just didn't want to educate them and make sure
    they bit it early from lack of medicare.

  36. Jerri

    Stupid frightened chud is stupid, frightened.

    Also nice bottom lip Scotty. Stellar job scotch taping it back on after removing from whichever Koch brother's ass it was stuck to this morning.

  37. e_z

    and in some semi-parallel Universe their version is saying "Think of the Children We Could Save With This Recall".

    Amazing what the addition, or deletion, of one word does to the message.

  38. prommie

    "Think of the Children," said Scott Walker, while draped in an American Flag, and holding Trig Palin in his arms, tears rolling down his cheeks, the final scene from The Champ playing on a screen behind him; "this poor boy is now an orphan," says Scott, waving at the screen, "won't someone think of the Orphan Children, and all the puppies and kittens, who will have to be euthanized, because of this money being spent on the recall," whereupon two large cages filled with puppies and kittens are rolled out.

  39. Callyson

    Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups Walker and his allies pushed through that we didn’t have to waste on this — this frivolous bunch of favors to political cronies. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/wiscon
    /fixed

  40. billy_reuben

    "Well, we’re focused, but it’s a huge distraction, not just for me, for the legislature. I mean, it’s $9 million of taxpayers’ money just to run this. Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million that we didn’t have to waste on this — this frivolous recall election."

    True enough. Of course, he could make this all go away and save that $9 million by doing the honorable thing (i.e. choking to death on a bag of poisoned rat dicks.) Ball's in your court, Governor.

  41. prommie

    And then Sarah Palin herself appears, dressed in a Green Bay Packers cheerleader outfit, warm-weather version, but with no panties, and Scott says "And think of the Cheerleaders, there will be no money for cheerleader uniforms, because of this recall, our precious innocent young girls will be forced to cheer on their teams naked, think of the shame and the disgrace, won't someone at least think of the Cheerleaders." And Sarah screeches "and those brave troops over their in that fightin' and dyin' for our precious liberties and for all about those cheerleader uniforms, against those people with the Sharia Law and who don't care how many puppies and kittens die."

  42. GOPCrusher

    I'm sure that Scott Walker was all about the children when he decided to declare war on the teacher's union.
    Rot in Hell, you piece of shit.

  43. FROTHY

    Y'all *know* what Snotty Wanker is REALLY saying, don'tcha? Evidently, his union-busting, benefits-cutting, millionaire-giveaways WEREN'T EFFECTIVE ENOUGH, because Wisconsin STILL HAS NINE MILLION DOLLARS TO SPEND!

    If he hadn't been distracted by all you complainers, that nine million would be in his (and his bosses') pockets, where it belongs!

  44. SayItWithWookies

    Scott Walker had ample opportunity to spend some money on the children when Wisconsin got $31.6 million directly from the recent mortgage fraud settlement — and when he could have given it to former homeowners who were victims of said fraud, he decided the state should keep it to pay off an unforseen budget shortfall.

    So sure, this guy is completely credible when he cries about not being able to help the widows and orphans.

    1. GOPCrusher

      The same budget shortfall that was caused by him giving back a billion in corporate tax cuts, which led him to declare war on the public unions because their salaries and benefits where a drag on the Wisconsin budget all of the sudden?

  45. Abernathy

    Hello, asshole! You sued your own GAB to make them spend extra time and money validating signatures instead having your Koch-funded lawyers do it by themselves, even though government agencies screw everything up, according to you. I can't even, with this ass.

  46. Naked_Bunny

    I'm not surprised that the first thing that pops into a Republican's head when discussing budgets is "cut funding to children and old people!"

  47. MilwaukeeKent

    This is exactly the kind of craven sleazy-salesman talking points I meant when I commented a year ago that he reminded me of the guy who sold my wife and I our first car. At one point in the pitch he bent down and tapped a headlight, "Look! It's plastic! No broken glass to worry about in an accident!"
    Assholes. The old "Orphans and widows" pitch. After a trusted long-time aide of his gets busted stealing tens of thousands from a veterans charity, no less. Hopefully he'll be plying his Three Card Monte craft as a lobbyist in DC before long.

  48. Negropolis

    How about all that fucking money you wasted on tax cuts and cuts to government services, you badger-looking motherfucker? Hengh?

  49. L188188

    If this low-down son of a bitch cared about children or old people he would not have gutted BadgerCare, our state's version of Medicaid.

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