February 28, 2015 7:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]The more we learn about Scott Walker, the uglier it gets.

…Walker told a group of potential donors in Florida Saturday that Ronald Reagan’s union-busting was “the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime.”

Per the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker, the Club for Growth event’s moderator asked him whether he was prepared to speak on foreign policy. Walker listed his tutelage with conservative foreign policy heavyweights, but then changed course.

“I think foreign policy is something that’s not just about having a PhD or talking to PhDs,” he said. It’s about leadership.”

As evidence, he praised Reagan’s breaking of the Professional Air Traffic Controls Organization in 1981, a devastating blow to organized labor, as a global demonstration of strength. “It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world” that America “wouldn’t be messed with,” he claimed.



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.

17 responses to Walker Hails Reagan’s Union Busting As ‘Most Significant Foreign Policy Decision Of My Lifetime’

  1. NW10 February 28th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

  2. ExPFCWintergreen February 28th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Very common right-wing trope. The argument goes that it “showed the Soviets Reagan meant what he said” and it “strengthened his hand” in his negotiations with Gorbachev. Of course, in 1981 Gorbachev was merely a rank-and-file Politburo member and Reagan’s “strength” didn’t seem to deter the Soviets from escalating in Afghanistan, backing up the Polish regime’s crackdown on Solidarity, encouraging the Stasi to increase its repression by an order of magnitude in East Germany, nor did it impress conservatives and neocons like Norman Podhoretz who claimed with a straight face in May 1982 that Reagan “has in practice been following a strategy of helping the Soviet Union stabilize its empire” if you can believe it. But the Teapublican Gullibleariat is dumb enough to believe that Walker is the inheritor of Reagan’s “strength” because he’s a committed and avowed union-buster who wants to deny public employees the right to organize. Of course, Reagan wasn’t denying PATCO’s right to represent public service employees — just their right to strike and jeopardize public safety. But details, details, eh?

  3. nola878 February 28th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Lord help us if this idiot ever becomes president.

    • fahvel March 1st, 2015 at 3:29 am

      aint no lord N.

  4. labman57 February 28th, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Walker really, really, really hates Americans whose political views differ from his own.
    He especially seems to regard labor unions as the moral equivalent of a terrorist organization and as dangerous to democracy as the former Soviet Union.

    Walker’s handlers probably coached him to inject “Reagan and union-busting” into his rhetoric as some point in the interview.
    Apparently, they didn’t do a very good job recommending the proper context for this talking point.

    • pignose4.0 February 28th, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      I think he’s just really, really stupid.

      • fahvel March 1st, 2015 at 3:29 am

        not stupid, just mean.

        • rg9rts March 1st, 2015 at 4:16 am

          That is Christie “The Bully”

    • fahvel March 1st, 2015 at 3:28 am

      what percentage of american voters even know about reagan other than the goofy pictures of his mind dwindling?

  5. fahvel March 1st, 2015 at 3:27 am

    how much responsibility do the unions have in their own demise. I would think that if workers were truly united they would be able to stop any onslaught against them – Don’t go to work, don’t shop, don’t do public transit et al. Stop the system and watch the reaction. It may be difficult for some but nothing is achieved without some degree of sacrifice.

    • rg9rts March 1st, 2015 at 4:14 am

      No you miss the mark on that one….Large companies will move their operations to a right to work state and leave their unions behind…like the auto manufacturing shift to the south …a very anti union region.. That is why the strongest unions are municipal unions…PBAs, teachers , city workers…manufacturing has either migrated south or outsourced to asia

  6. rg9rts March 1st, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Did I miss something??? What country is Union???

    • jasperjava March 1st, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Maybe he thinks unions have something to do with the Soviet Union. He’s the most uneducated person to have a serious shot at a major party nomination in decades.

      • rg9rts March 2nd, 2015 at 2:04 am

        Just look at his mug…what a beady eyed weasel

  7. anothertoothpick March 1st, 2015 at 10:22 am

    There’s nothing “normal” about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it’s a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation’s middle class.

    Despite what you might read in the Wall Street Journal or see on Fox News, capitalism is not an economic system that produces a middle class. In fact, if left to its own devices, capitalism tends towards vast levels of inequality and monopoly.

    Creating a middle class is always a choice, and by embracing Reaganomics and cutting taxes on the rich, we decided back in 1980 not to have a middle class within a generation or two.

  8. Gina March 1st, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    So, foreign policy is about busting American Unions. Brilliant!

  9. fancypants March 1st, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    ‘Most Significant Foreign Policy Decision Of My Lifetime’

    I sure hope ( for walkers sake ) this ^^^ is a typo ?