Scott Walker Dumped?
Over at Addicting Info, Nathaniel Downes is reporting Scott Walker has been dumped by the Koch Bros as their sponsored candidate for President. I wonder if he had to return the ring?
It appears Scott has taken an anti-immigration stance which is something the Koch Brothers oppose. Scott made it apparent, illegal and also legal immigrants are not welcome which is rich in itself as much of Wisconsin is made up of Germans and Norwegians who immigrated to the US and settled in Wisconsin. Scott made his views known during an interview with The Washington Post.
“In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying . . . the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages.’ He went on to cite favorably Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the subject. ‘The notion that legal immigration hurts the economy and native workers has been rebutted repeatedly and is widely disparaged by a host of pro-growth conservatives and scholars. Mair, whose work on immigration reform is well known, took to Twitter to denounce ‘the full, Olympics-quality flip-flop.’”
This a populist viewpoint and one would expect it to come from Senator Warren’s lips (sans the nativist part) and not Scott Walker’s. Of course, Scott may be attempting to curry the favors of Labor after going after the public unions in Wisconson . . . think anyone will believe him? This stance is in direct conflict with the Koch Bros. who want more immigration which would dilute the labor pool even more thereby shrinking wages. Daily Intelligencer Jonathan Chait is reporting Jeb Bush will be allowed an interview for the candidate position also. Koch early-on support for Scott Walker was disputed by David Koch.
“Let me be clear, I am not endorsing or supporting any candidate for president at this point in time,” Mr. Koch declared for the record.
A Corpocracy at work.
The ring hadn’t even been sized yet! So sad.
Declining approval back home could complicate a Walker presidential bid — The Wisconsin Voter, by Craig Gilbert, the Journal Sentinel’s Washington Bureau Chief
Walker’s more unguarded appeal to the Repub right wing nationally may be what is dropping the bottom out of his approval ratings back home (56% to 41%) — along with his absence from doing state business. Conversely, his big drop at home may be noted nationally where his main pitch has been how well he has sold his brand of conservatism in Wisconsin.
Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth
well, it must be my declining reading skills again
in a post which declares that Walker has taken an ANTI immigration stance, the poster goes on to quote Walker citing favorably Sessions: ” the notion that legal immigration hurts the economy has been rebutted..”
that seems to mean that Walker agrees that “immigration hurts the economy” is not true. did i miss something?
could be, since the quote goes on to refer to “Mair” who had not been introduced in the post.
then we learn that “this” is a populist viewpoint. from which i gather that being “for” immigration is “populist.” maybe i just don’t keep up with labels, but it would surprise me to learn that “people” in general favor immigration of any kind. that just has not been the case in America…. according to the history i have read.
but it’s okay, apparently Scott (Walker? I am not on a first name basis with him) is only currying favor. Claiming to be for immigration, but didn’t the poster just say he had “taken an anti-immigration stance”?
and finally, the poster says that the Kochs “want more immigration to dilute the labor pool and keep wages low” , which i can well believe, but then, didn’t “Scott” just say “the notion that immigration hurts the economy…has been rebutted”/
of course keeping wages low might not hurt the economy according to Kochs, but by this time i am just confused about who believes what or just what the poster is trying to say.
The post seems clear in light of stories like the link above from Salon. Apparently Walker is caught between the desires of his corporate masters and the Tea Party paranoia that fuels right wing voters’ attitudes towards immigration.
The problem with populism is that it’s subject to demagoguery, the Kochs and their ilk may have trouble controlling the beast they unleash – Americans for Prosperity my ass.