I’m deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy,” Obama said. “Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past.
So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I’d encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans—by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave. That’s how you give hardworking middle-class families a fair shot in the new economy—not by stripping their rights in the workplace, but by offering them all the tools they need to get ahead.
President Obama can lecture Scott Walker about raising wages all he wants. If the President is serious about letting workers keep more of our own money then he would repeal Obamacare which deters employers from raising wages, let alone hiring people.
But this is absolutely fantastic for Walker. The fact that Obama is taking aim at Walker and not Jeb Bush tells you which Republican he is more afraid of. A public admonition from Obama can only raise Walker’s already high standing with conservatives. Millions of dollars spent on campaign ad can’t buy this kind of moment.
Obama has largely ignored the Republican field save for when he mentioned Rand Paul last month during a DNC speech. But when Obama says that “Rand Paul is an interesting guy” it means he doesn’t think he’s much of a threat. We will not be hearing President Obama calling Scott Walker an interesting guy.
This is why I argued back in October that Walker is our guy in 2016.
In the meantime, I and millions of other conservatives eagerly await Walker’s response.
UPDATE: Governor Walker did not disappoint. He has responded to Obama via NRO:
On the heels of vetoing Keystone Pipeline legislation, which would have paved the way to create thousands of quality, middle-class jobs, the President should be looking to states, like Wisconsin, as an example for how to grow our economy. Despite a stagnant national economy and a lack of leadership in Washington, since we took office, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is down to 5.0 percent, and more than 100,000 jobs and 30,000 businesses have been created.
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