Scott Walker Addresses Students
Governor of Wisconsin defends reforms and discusses statesmanship
NEW YORK, October 4, 2011—In 1981, Ronald Reagan held his ground against almost 13,000 members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization after they walked off of the job. Three years later, Margaret Thatcher prevailed against British mining unions. Now, in 2011, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is holding his ground against a political firestorm after limiting collective bargaining rights for public sector unions and cutting government expenditures.
On Monday, September 26th, Governor Walker visited The King’s College to address students on the current state of Wisconsin and what it means to truly lead.
Since the beginning of his term in January of 2011, Governor Walker has focused his agenda on balancing the budget. To accomplish this, he has pursued a variety of highly controversial policy changes, including completely doing away with collective bargaining for public sector unions. To his critics, Governor Walker said, “the reality is, our reforms are working.” “From January to June,” he continued, “we saw the private sector create 40,000 new jobs—that’s double the average rate.”
During the student Q&A, Governor Walker was asked what justified doing away with collective bargaining. “Some people call [collective bargaining] a right,” Governor Walker replied. “It is not a right. It is an expensive entitlement.”
Another student asked about the political backlash of Walker’s reforms, asking “how do you handle the heat?” “I start out my day the same way I end it: on my knees,” he said. As far as responding to the critics, “you respond with the truth, with the facts, and you let that be your argument.”
Dinesh D’Souza, President of The King’s College, said of the visit, “Guest speakers like Governor Walker allow our students to see the real world application of what they are learning at King’s—government is more challenging in practice than on paper.”
The King’s College would like to thank Governor Walker for his visit, as well as Allie Hanley for her help making the opportunity possible.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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