Last night Gov. Scott Walker spoke about his 2015-17 Executive Budget, and I wanted to hear what you have to think about the ideas Gov. Walker outlined in his speech.
What I heard was a lot of demonizing of the poor when I heard Gov. Walker’s comments that the social safety net is a “hammock” allowing people to be lazy and in his request for mandatory drug tests for recipients of public benefits. On a personal note, I find Gov. Walker’s comments about those who utilize the social safety net to be absolutely galling, given the fact that he has absolutely no idea what it’s like to live in the kind of abject poverty that those receiving benefits from the social safety net are often stuck in.
I was also struck at how much Gov. Walker’s budget address sounded more like a 2016 presidential speech, what with his multiple references to the military, and as Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted, Gov. Walker’s 2015 budget address was shorter in length than his telephone town hall meeting with Iowa voters on Monday.
— Daniel Bice (@DanielBice) February 4, 2015