Scott Walker: Everything That Hillary Clinton Touches Is a Mess
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit the stage at RedState Gathering Saturday and immediately began deconstructing the presumptive Democrat nominee.
"Every place in the world that Hillary Clinton has touched is more messed up today than when she and President Obama took office," Walker said during a barrage that was clearly meant to keep the focus on the GOP's eventual general election opponent.
The key question Republicans need to answer, says Walker, is "who's best equipped to make sure that Hillary Clinton is not the next president?"
He called his GOP rivals "a great group of Repubicans" and said they're not the opponent, Hillary Clinton is. Walker noted that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers "doesn't talk trash. He shows what he does on the field of play." Adopting that same attitude, he said to rising applause, "I don't just talk about it. I fight and I win and I have a record of accomplishment in a blue state and I did not compromise my principles to get it."
Walker described himself as "reform-minded" with a simple plan that includes reform, growth and safety.
Being a reformer means "taking power from Washington and putting it into the hands of people."
For example, he said, "I don't believe in Common Core or a nationwisde school board. Send the money and power back to the people at the local level."
In contrast to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, who measure success by how many people are receiving government assistance, Walker said, "We measure successs by how many people are no longer dependent upon the government."
Walker talked of his upbringing and his first job, washing dishes at the Countryside Restaurant, until he got a better one, flipping burgers at McDonald's.
The lesson he learned from his parents was, "If you work hard and play by the rules you can do and be anything you want. That is the American dream. If more people are going to live that dream we have to have an economy that's going to work for every American."
As several candidates have done this weekend, he noted that six of the top 10 wealthiest zip codes are in suburban Washington, D.C., because of government employees, lobbyists and all of the companies reliant upon government for their fat salaries.
Walker said, "People create jobs, not the government." Relieving pressure on small businesses would be a top priority for President Walker, a plan that includes repealing Obamacare, reining in out-of-control federal regulations, and adopting an "all of the above" energy policy to "take advantage of what God has given us."
"We are an energy rich country," he said, "and we need to start acting like it."
A workforce prepared for 21st century jobs requires reforming schools to "give people the education and skills they need to succeed."
Walker reminded the audience that in Wisconsin, "We took power out of the hands of big-government union bosses and put it firmly in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers."