December 14, 2014 9:16 am -

[su_right_ad]Not long after telling a Jewish leader “Thank you and molotov,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got what should be another lesson in staying away from religious references.

Last month, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Walker tried to justify his refusal to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin by saying:

“It’s probably not fair to ask the son of a preacher to use biblical metaphors,” Walker said. “My reading of the Bible finds plenty of reminders that it’s better to teach someone to fish than to give them fish if they’re able. . . . Caring for the poor isn’t the same as taking money from the federal government to lock more people into Medicaid.”

Blogger Chris Walker (no relation to the governor) caught the gaffe and pointed out that Walker was actually citing a Chinese proverb and not a Bible verse.

Walker (the blogger, not the despot) goes on to point out that Bible actually contradicts what Walker (the despot, not the blogger) is trying to argue.

That’s gotta be rather embarrassing to the preacher’s son.

But the embarrassment doesn’t end there. The Milwaukee Journal asked Walker’s office about it and received a bizarre response.

“The governor specifically says it’s in his reading of the Bible,” said Laurel Patrick, press secretary for Walker. “He’s not quoting scripture.”

But whoever Walker is quoting, he still got it wrong. The actual proverb reads:

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.[su_csky_ad]


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

22 responses to Scott Walker Miquotes Bible

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker December 14th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Like most right wingers who claim to be virtuous by using (quoting or misquoting) scripture, they only see religion as a way to fool the rubes and advance their agenda no matter how nefarious that agenda my be.

    • Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 9:32 am

      And even if they know the bible, they still pick only the parts that support their agenda. If they don’t find anything, they use another source, and misquote that instead.

    • Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 9:34 am

      And part of “fooling the rubes” is parting them from their money. And as much as churches use the sentiment behind “a fool and his money are soon parted,” you would think it was in the bible too.

  2. Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    “The governor specifically says it’s in his reading of the Bible,” said Laurel Patrick, press secretary for Walker. “He’s not quoting scripture.” In other words, he’s making sh*t up to suit his agenda. He finally admits it, so at least we have that.

  3. Red Eye Robot December 14th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    “The good book says, don’t throw stones in glass houses,” Barack Obama, Dec, 9th 2014 ….. Actually appears nowhere in the bible

    • Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Maybe he was talking about another good book he had read.

      • Dwendt44 December 14th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        there are a lot of good books out there, many of them better than the ‘good book’.

  4. OldLefty December 14th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Karl Marx said,

    “Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”

  5. Stan Ubeki December 14th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Again, please take a breathe and look at your headlines before you hit post. This typo thing (“Miquote” today) is a regular occurrence now. You guys are beginning to look downright stupid. And I’m a libberl!

    • Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Typos don’t make you look stupid. I think most people can tell the difference between carelessness and the inability to use English. They might be annoying, but it’s not that big a deal.

      • Stan Ubeki December 14th, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Glaring typos appear on this site almost daily. I said nothing about misuse of language. Repeated carelessness “begins” to make you look stupid, or at least less credible. Hopefully they are more thorough with vetting the facts than they are with their editing.

        • Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 10:39 am

          I was the one that mentioned misuse of language, because I said that’s what makes you look stupid. Just my opinion.

          • Guest December 14th, 2014 at 10:45 am

            I’m sure the readers of this thread will clearly see which of us is stupid.

          • Stan Ubeki December 14th, 2014 at 10:56 am

            Pardon the misread of”you”.

            I agree, but 1 is right next to 2 on the keypad, and you can’t slop your way through the numbers. The bank doesn’t cut you any slack for typos.

            As much as I hate to say it, I can understand “autocorrect” mistakes, which I have yet to verify might have been Walker’s “molotov” problem. That doesn’t mean I accept them. However, that reveals the interesting possibility that Walker may have entered molotov into his dictionary at some point.

            Even the intended Mazel Tov translates to “congratulations”, which would have been out of context for a holiday greeting.

    • Larry Schmitt December 14th, 2014 at 10:53 am

      And by the way, you have a typo. It’s take a breath. Feel stupid yet?

      • Stan Ubeki December 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

        Touch! Adiose…

  6. edmeyer_able December 14th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    As someone who supports the 2A pointed out:
    It’s good to give a man a fish but…..
    It’s better to teach a man to fish but…..
    It’s best to give a man a gun then he can take everyone else fish……../S

  7. jsutton December 14th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Liberaland commits a typo in headline.

  8. Chris Evans December 14th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Ah, not much difference from another proverb.
    Give a man a fire, he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he’ll be warm the rest of his life.

  9. Foundryman December 14th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    My bible says….” Man who looks like doofus…must be”…

  10. Robert Merrill Taylor December 14th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Teach him how to fish and he’ll bore you with his fishing stories for the rest of your life. 😉

  11. Dirk Prophet December 14th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    So…the poor and sick should go to med school so they can heal themselves. I don’t think Walker has in mind paying for the med school.