Unintimidated: a governor's story and a nation's challenge
In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protesters--furious about his collective bargaining proposal--swarmed Madison, camped in the capitol, and attempted to block the passage of the governor's reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national media's descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced "Dead Man Walker." He found himself fighting for his reforms, fielding death threats, and facing an unprecedented recall election.
But then something happened. Walker's policies began to work. His constituents realized they were better off with his leadership, and in June 2012, he became the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt, winning with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election.
In Unintimidated , Governor Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the state's schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official. Speaking from the perspective earned from his resounding victory, he outlines lessons conservatives on the national stage can learn from his success, such as:
• Change the polls, not your principles.
• Don't accept the false choices presented to you.
• You can reform entitlements and survive.
• Austerity is not the answer.
• Never stop reforming.
Walker is living proof that conservatives need not move to the center to win. He argues that Republicans must offer Americans big, bold, positive solutions for our nation's challenges--and have the courage to implement them. Walker has shown that even President Obama will back down when faced with reforms promoted with common sense and courage.
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|Last Indexed||2018-07-22 23:54:24PM|
|auth_author2||Thiessen, Marc A.|
|author||Walker, Scott (Scott Kevin), 1967-|
|author2-role||Thiessen, Marc A.|
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|display_description||A controversial governor recounts his fight to reform his state and issues a call to action for the whole country. In 2010, Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin with a mandate to improve its economy and restore fiscal responsibility. With the state facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, he proposed a series of reforms to limit the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, which was costing taxpayers billions in pension and health care costs. The reaction was swift and severe. Angry protesters gathered outside the capitol, teacher unions accused him of sabotaging education, and the media descended on Wisconsin to make it a national controversy. Soon, liberals nationwide were denouncing Governor Walker. He stood his ground despite relentless political and personal attacks with the help of supporters across the country who hailed him for having the courage to drive real change. In June 2012, he won a special recall election with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election, becoming the first governor in the country to survive a recall election. In this book, Governor Walker shows how his commitment to limited but effective government paid off. During his tenure Wisconsin has saved more than $1 billion, property taxes have gone down for the first time in twelve years, and the deficit was turned into a surplus. He also shows what his experiences can teach defenders of liberty across the country about standing up to the special interests that favor the status quo"--|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000422022|Book|Books||English|Sentinel,|2013.|x, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|subject_facet||Governors -- Wisconsin -- Biography, Walker, Scott -- (Scott Kevin), -- 1967-, Wisconsin -- Politics and government -- 1951-|
|title_display||Unintimidated : a governor's story and a nation's challenge|
|title_full||Unintimidated : a governor's story and a nation's challenge / Scott Walker with Marc Thiessen|
|title_sub||a governor's story and a nation's challenge|
|topic_facet||Governors, Politics and government, Walker, Scott|