Monday, February 28, 2011

A "teachable moment"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker provides a lesson...

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took time out of his hectic schedule to provide the former University of Chicago Law School lecturer (and current U.S. President) Barack Obama with a civics lesson.

Earlier in the day, the president made a point of throwing his weight around, implicitly criticizing Wisconsin's efforts to fix its fiscal woes.

It didn't take long for the state's chief executive to respond to the president. Only his words were much more direct (as in "bull's eye"):

"I'm sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I'm sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.

"Furthermore, I'm sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.

"I'm sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn't acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another."

[Tutorial: complete.]

Happier times: President Barack Obama received an autographed Green Bay Packers Charles Woodson jersey from Wis. Gov. Scott Walker prior to this year's Super Bowl. Obama, a Chicago native, predicted the Chicago Bears would beat Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. This was the first of several miscalculations the president made about Wisconsin.

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