Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was in New York City on Tuesday as the “special guest star” of a Republican National Committee dinner honoring Reince Preibus, chair of the RNC. Prices for the event ran from $1,000 to $15,000. On the street, however, activists, union representatives, middle class citizens–the people whom Walker has hurt in Wisconsin–told him what they think of him with chants and a giant rat. Watch:
Walker, of course, stripped almost all collective bargaining rights from public employees–a move that one of his colleagues, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, admitted was politically motivated. By destroying unions, Republican governors weaken the only remaining entity contributing to Democratic campaigns. Under questioning by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Walker himself admitted that his union-busting bill saves no money. In addition to the loss of collective bargaining rights, Walker's policies have resulted in an an 8 percent pay cut for public workers. The Koch-supported Walker created the state budget crisis by handing out tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, then used it as an excuse to bust unions.
I was gratified, however, to see the kind of reception Walker received from my fellow New Yorkers. He must have felt right at home.