This is the peculiar and intensifying Walkeropathy on full display, a narcissistic focus and rigid certitude combined with a moral blindness preventing his seeing or caring about others, and the contradictions in his wake.
A Governor with only fourteen of 123 statements vetted by PolitiFact as fully true, while 33 are fully false or worse, pants on fire.
Yet feeling no shame calling himself "nice, Midwestern nice."
* He felt free to point the finger at University faculty and give blanket condemnation to their work ethic, but during his own exposure to faculty, it was he who did not put in long hours, earning only a 2.59 GPA, quit school and ended all interaction with faculty at Marquette University though he was thirty-four 34 credits, or two semesters, short of graduation in 1990. (Full documentation, here.)
* He enjoys a high-end family health care plan with generous state subsidies while denying Medicaid health coverage to thousands of Wisconsinites who make a lot less money than he does.
* Speaking of money, he refuses to consider raising the minimum wage in Wisconsin from the $7,25 per hour abandoned by many other states, while being paid $144,423 a year, or almost ten times that minimum wage hour rate based on a typical work year of 2,080 hours. Which, in his case, allows for ample time out-of-state pursuing political goals unrelated to being Wisconsin's Governor.
* His new stump speech extols taking back more local control and decision-making for states from the big, bad Federal government, but his Act 10 attack on collective bargaining eliminated local government and residents' decision-making; he has overrun local control in Kenosha by vetoing the casino project and then turning a deaf ear to bipartisan pleas for his reconsideration; has set in motion the siting of a massive open-pit iron ore mine in northwest Wisconsin over the wishes of many residents and the area's indigenous Ojibwe Nation, among many examples.
* He is about to propose new fees on vehicles and motorists while receiving 24-hour-a-day free automobile usage and chauffeur services.
* He and his talk radio allies constantly call themselves fiscal conservatives, and claimed repeatedly that former Gov. Jim Doyle put state programs in his budgets 'on the credit card,' but Walker is proposing a huge increase in state borrowing to fund a transportation budget filled with new highway construction despite data showing that driving is decreasing.
Now Walker's allies in the legislature are moving to further reduce middle-and-working class wages in the state through additional divide-and-conquer laws - - and are justifying that expansion of wage cuts beyond Act 10 by citing the cost of the road-building borrowing binge.
* He reduced in his 2011-'13 budget the value of the homestead credit for low-income Wisconsinites, thus raising their taxes, while being given free use of a mansion in the tony Madison suburb of Maple Bluff - - and also claiming that his budget raised no one's taxes when, in fact, it raised three separate taxes on low-income residents to fund tax breaks for businesses and other taxpayers.
Yes - - some of his perks come with the office, but I cannot remember another Governor who so easily accepted them while denying to those with the least a semblance of what he tales for granted.
Nor can I remember a Governor who campaigns without any care for the paradox he is living when arguing against political power from above while exercising executive power broadly over people and units of government below him.
What's clear is that Walker wants more power, which he will use to further reward the tiny slice of wealthy donors who finance his career while further hammering those in the middle or at the bottom.