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Governor Scott Walker Named Governor of the Year

"Governors Journal" says Walker has defined the issues in a state beset by financial difficulties.

Governors Journal has named Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker its Governor of the Year.

In a story that ran over the Christmas weekend, staff writers describe Walker as the "best symbol of the struggle between the two political parties about how best to meet those fiscal challenges." The writers defend Walker's introduction of Act 10 - the Budget Repair Bill - as the the result of years of warnings about underfunded pensions and binding arbitration, finally put into action because of the larger, national economic crisis.

Next to the presidential election in 2012, Walker's potential recall could be the biggest political story in the country, the story says. Win or lose, though, Walker is considered a star in the Republican Party and amongst his gubernatorial colleagues.

Governors Journal is an online magazine news site for the nation's governors, reporting on legislation, policies and trends.

Lyle Ruble December 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM
@Keith Best....We are not Greece! I don't know why you and other right wingers are so obsessed with casting us under the same umbrella. This is just scare tactics purported by the radical right. As far as paying for the Hierarcy of Needs, money is available by shifting what is being paid into private sector services, such as healthcare, over to public provided services and pay for them with taxes. We have to realize that so many of the services we are paying for is overvalued and by taking the profit out of it there will be an immediate saving to everyone. All of this is doable without major disruptions.
Mr.Ed December 28, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Thanks Keith. Lyle changed the subject. We were agreeing on some fundamental governmental services that should be incorporated into any society. I suggested "the left" needs to be realistic and fiscally responsible in the process, then the subject changed. Lyle went metaphysical, quite eloquently I may add. Lyle, please don't refer to us as "you republicans". (the point of my original post) I'm a "compassionate fiscal conservative". (try to stop laughing and read on) If we had no abuses of the governmentally provided benefits and services, I could embrace your "democratic socialism". If you could remove the bottom dwelling "users" who choose not to contribute and milk the system for everything they can, I'll then support more of your 'programs'. I would suggest we MUST practice pocket book morality and dollar for dollar examine where funds are going in our cities and states. We must live within our means and on a budget, stamping out the abuses burdened upon the taxpayers in the process. Get rid of those abuses and as a society we could provide INEXPENSIVE advanced education and compassionate care for our sick and elderly.
Mr.Ed December 28, 2011 at 10:40 PM
@Lyle; That ended it for me. We have irreconcilable differences. "take the profit out of it"??? If no one is making a profit, who the heck is going to pay for it in a socialistic model? (Layers still make profits, they just drive Prius's now instead of BMW's) Every liberal is happy with the socialistic model, as long as it doesn't effect their standard of living. (ie. congress doesn't have to take Obamacare...) By all means, move to Canada or northern Europe and enjoy the high standard of living of these great societies. Barf. We provided affordable housing to millions, until 2008. That process didn't end well. No matter how many coats of paint you put on a "- - - -", its still a "- - - -". ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lyle said: money is available by shifting what is being paid into private sector services, such as healthcare, over to public provided services and pay for them with taxes. We have to realize that so many of the services we are paying for is overvalued and by taking the profit out of it there will be an immediate saving to everyone. All of this is doable without major disruptions.
Keith Best December 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM
@Lyle Ruble--I'll ask again; What happens when you run out of other people's money?? We are headed down the same path as Greece since we are spending more then we are taking in. The percentage of GDP is outrageous. The future existence of this country depends on drastically cutting spending and that won't happen unless we dump Obama.
Lyle Ruble December 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM
@MustangSally...I didn't go metaphysical on you and I don't know what is really meant by the term "compassionate fiscal conservative". Let me first address your term concerning the "bottom dwelling users". I don't know who you are including in this group and what your reason for labeling a segment of our society as "bottom dwellers". Pleasee clarify.

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