Gov. Scott Walker Wows Crowd at AFP Summit
Warner Todd Huston | August 8, 2012
Walker entered the room to a standing ovation and got an even bigger standing O when he finished and his comments of how the most progressive state in the union rolled over into conservative, fiscal sanity is quite a story. I donâ€™t think enough people really grasp what a major shift this is for the Badger State. Wisconsin is practically the birthplace for American socialism yet now it has an all-Republican government and executive and has led the country in fighting back against the rapacious government employee unions that are destroying each and every state on the country.
I live tweeted the Governorâ€™s speech, so below are the key points and high applause lines that Walker delivered to us last night.
- (AFP Prez. Tim Phillips introducing Gov. Walker) Guv Walker did something outrageous, he KEPT his campaign promises
- Governor Walker took the stage to a standing ovation from the crowd.
- They ask me, whyâ€™d I do the things I did? Because of our two sons.
- Itâ€™s not just elections that matter itâ€™s what happens after them that is important to our children.
- Madison is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.
- I decided to take the oath of office in front of our state constitution. (No other Gov. took the oath in front of the display of the Wis. State Constitution)
- I did it because Part of the Wis. Constitution talks about frugality. I want to honor that.
- Our state faced a fiscal disaster and after the election I went and fulfilled my promises to fix it.
- I was interviewing to be the CEO of a troubled govt. So I started fixing it on the VERY first day in office.
- I had a saying, â€œpeople create jobs, not the govt.â€
- We lowered property taxes, we changed the administrative burden for small business to grow and prosper.
- We passed some of the most aggressive tort reform in the nation. The great part of it is, itâ€™s working!
- And in the recall I was proud to run on my record. It worked in Wis. and it can work in our nationâ€™s capital!
- We have in Wis. when you win the Superbowl you donâ€™t win the Washington trophy, you win the Lombardi trophy!
- Year before I was in office our business ranked 41, this year we are in the top 20 for the first time.
- My Chamber of Commerce does a survey of state employers. 10% thought we were going in the right direction. Now itâ€™s 94%
- Itâ€™s not the govt that does this, we need govt to move out of the way to let small business to do it.
- If you let you businessmen know your state govt is stable, it goes a long way to help.
- Because of reforms worked, we avoided massive layoffs of state workers.
- By reforming collective bargaining we we freed up local govt to be able to make fundamental changes.
- We have been able to put money in rainy day funds and we will continue to do that.
- The message to my legislature was â€œput up or shut up.â€ Weâ€™re going to show that we honor the voters that put us in office.
- Itâ€™s our duty to think more about the next generation than to think about the next election.
- The best thing we did was to make our govt work better than it did before. Small govt is better.
- The false choice is â€œwe either need to raise taxes of cut services.â€ This is just false.
- The worst example of this is education.
- False choice, either your property taxes go up or your education goes down. Itâ€™s just a false choice.
- But I said we need to do a better job with the money we have!
- Now in Wis we can hire and fire based on merit so when we have good teachers we can keep them there!
- WE are the ones that care about the kids. Our reforms reward performance!
- The reason I have great hope for America. In moments of crisis there have been men and women of courageâ€¦
- â€¦ who have thought more about their children and grandchildren than they did their own political careers.
- So let THIS be our time to say WE were there. We were there to stand up for freedom when it was threatened.
- (Scott Walker leaves the stage to standing ovation.)
More photos of the night can be seen at the AFP Facebook page.
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