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Gov. Walker: Federal Government Needs to Avert Fiscal Cliff

For more than a decade, the federal government has been spending a lot more money than it has been taking in. Because critical debt benchmarks were surpassed, in the near future our nation is facing what often is referred to as the fiscal cliff.

Editor’s Note: Each week Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. This week he addresses the Fiscal Cliff. 

Hi, this is Scott Walker.   

This week, I had the honor of joining a bipartisan group of Governors to meet with President Obama about the fiscal challenges facing our federal government. 

For more than a decade, the federal government has been spending a lot more money than it has been taking in.  Because critical debt benchmarks were surpassed, in the near future our nation is facing what often is referred to as the fiscal cliff.  If our federal government fails to take action to avert this fiscal cliff, we could experience a massive economic downturn, which would affect states all across the nation. 

I joined other governors, three Democrat and two other Republican, to discuss what the impact on states would be if the federal government continues down the path of massive deficits and increasing debt.  As we look to the federal government in the coming months, I hope we will receive the flexibility necessary to not only help solve the federal deficit, but also provide relief to the states.  Compare Washington’s budget problems to what we did here in Wisconsin—we turned a $3.6 billion budget deficit into a surplus and for the first time ever, deposited money in the state’s rainy day fund in two consecutive years.

I am hopeful politicians in D.C. will be able to solve the fiscal problems facing our federal government so the next generation is not buried under a mountain debt.  I appreciate having the opportunity to speak directly with President Obama on this important issue. 

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Robert Merlin December 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Steve..yes Mich. and Minn. have sucessful mining ops. They also have strict regs. The mining comp. wanted to come in with their way or the highway. And they got the highway.
Bucky December 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
For all you knob heads on here that support Scooter Wanker get out your wallets. Tonett the Queen on the pompass ass's wants to remodel the kitchen in the Gov's mansion to the tune of a half a million dollars. Maybe she should get together with Becky useless to see what color she might like for the curtains seeing that Wankers probably going to prison in the near future.
Steve ® December 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
To be a liberal is easy. Just lie. The DOA request says the improvements are needed because the main-floor kitchen has not been renovated since 1986 and is used to prepare food for over 15,000 visitors annually. The request says WERF is raising money to contribute toward the project but does not give an estimate. A release Saturday from the governor's office said fundraising by Tonette Walker and WERF will account for most of the cost. "The Executive Residence is truly the People's House and, each year, thousands of people go there for events, meals, or tours," the release quoted Gov. Scott Walker as saying. "Tonette is committed to working with the foundation to raise the majority of the funds for this renovation project, which will make sure the People's House is in good repair and can serve all who visit throughout the year."
DICK STEINBERG December 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I keep asking what line item cuts should made and for how much money. Not one of these so called experts can answer.
GearHead December 09, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Randy, keep deluding yourself into thinking you've been paying into your retirement via social security all these years. It is a ponzi scheme. You have been duped. You have been ripped off. Your money is paid out the second it gets sucked out of your check. By any other name, it is welfare for old people. I'm your age plus or minus a few years. Not happy, but at least dont have my head (up my ...) in the sand like you. Sheesh!
Steve ® December 09, 2012 at 03:10 AM
As a mining expert, you are only spewing propaganda n attempt to spite Walker and hold back good jobs and progress.
Bucky December 09, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Stevie ... Isn't that the same thing that Wanker said about Russell and the Vets Purple Heart Foundation ?
The Anti-Alinsky December 09, 2012 at 05:59 AM
@Robert Merlin: There are several errors in your presumptions. 1) Scott Walker did not PROMISE 250,000 jobs, he set it as a goal. I know when you are on the wrong (ie. not RIGHT) side of the aisle you want to make that as a campaign promise, but there is a difference. Governor Walker has given businesses several incentives to move or create jobs here in Wisconsin. Problems occur when the leadership at the federal level is doing everything it can to go in the opposite direction. 2) The mining bill introduced last summer didn't circumvent environmental agencies. Rather, it asked for a streamlined process so that a mining company wouldn't have to prove it's case over and over and over and over and over... In other words, each agency would be available at the public hearings and ultimately provide a yes or no vote. This would include the EPA, DNR, ACE... ANY group that would have a legitimate interest in the mine. Governor Walker is doing the best he can working against federal policies and agencies. maybe it's time to look where the real problems are...at the FEDERAL (read OBAMA) level!!!
The Anti-Alinsky December 09, 2012 at 06:03 AM
@Bucky... No it's not...Get a life! It was County Executive Scott Walker alerted the DA's office to the improprieties in the veteran's funding. Of course you Liberals would rather turn a blind eye than acknowledge that a Conservative did the right thing!!!
Bren December 09, 2012 at 10:23 AM
D.C. got Scott Walker's number in April 2011 when he testified before the Congressional Oversight Committee about his ALEC union stripping ("budget repair bill") and in May 2012 when the January 2011 Diane Hendricks video came to light offering statements that seemed to contradict his April statements. He can parrot this fall's talking points as he wishes, the only one buying this b.s. is the far-right wing atonal choir. Enjoy.
Luke December 09, 2012 at 11:08 AM
"...seemed..." Enjoying........
Tansandy December 09, 2012 at 12:56 PM
See kids, this is what you become when you don't go to school, a babbling ultra left wing liberal!!!!!
GearHead December 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Craig, say what you want about a trust fund that was looted and now holds nothing but IOUs. Moot point. Reality is payments to current retirees are skimmed out of the paychecks of current workers, with the promise those current workers will be paid back in the future (with earnings of future workers. By definition a Ponzi scheme. So given you must be advanced age to receive this transfer payment, it can be argued it is welfare for old people. Just taking the fancy wrapping off it and calling it what it is.
Steven W. Smith December 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Michigan's public worker's pensions: not fully funded, pension payments not adjusted to the stock market as in Wi. My wages were reduced by Doyle (8 days no pay). We offered to increase our share of our medical ... a benefit negotiated in exchange for raises many years ago. Overtime is now worked by part time workers. ... while Walker gave bonuses to department heads, tried to give $60K jobs to election contributor's unqualified children, ruined jobs building high speed rail car jobs ... oh lets not forget how many underlings in his previous office are now in jail. Stealing from disabled Veterans! Unions stopped child labor, 7 day work week, safety issues .... I work every other weekend, every holiday, every other Tuesday, every other Friday. (another Walker) and next time we have a major snow storm & I work 36 hours straight I'll expect you to do the same. Women nurse aids are now making the equalilant of $11 / hour, must on 10 minutes notice work a second shift (try raising children or have a sick husband or parent with this) and now Walker has changed the definition of layoff to equal termination. Try talking to a bank about your mortgage after being terminated. Try putting that on your resume. And now fools say i have a too strong union! So please if you like Michigan so much, move there. Hell I'll drive you fool.
Randy1949 December 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
@GearHead, Craig, and Richard Head -- I think you gentlemen need to have this discussion amongst yourselves as to whether Social Security is welfare, a ponzi scheme, or a program we all pay into. You also need to settle whether Social Security adds to the federal budget deficit before proposing to save money by doiig away with it. Yes indeed, there are IOUs in the trust fund. But there are IOUs in the funds of private insurance policies and annuities that are invested in the market. Richard professes outrage at the thought of paying for the Boomers' retirement. Does he think the government will stop collecting FICA? Why should one generation be the one to have paid in, thus having fewer funds for private retirement investing, only to have the promise broken? Please don't tell me I'm living the recto-cranial life when at least one of you (Richard) can't seem to understand the difference between an article written by a British moron in a rag like the Daily Mail and the USA system, which is not cradle to grave socialism like the UK. Even that fool's fellow Brits called the article a bunch of 'codswallop'.
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Richard Head - "Please - drop the hysterics - calm, clear and rational thinking is required to keep the progress moving forward. ALEC isn't going to to hurt you, just like bad-tasting medicine - it is good for you and the anti-dote to Soros." More precisely, "ALEC isn't going to hurt you..." I am ever so happy to hear that; for a while now I have been wondering and worrying why Wisconsin was turning into an 18th century medieval state. Thank you for all the assurance… I really do feel so much better now… Is it 2014 yet?
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Craig - SS is NOT in any trouble. Medicare and Medicaid are the programs, at the end of the line in this cluster, that are in trouble. Furthermore, these programs are NOT in trouble, per se, but they are in trouble because of HEALTHCARE INSURANCE COSTS. The COST of HEALTHCARE, per se, is the ROOT CAUSE of the problem here... However, it has always been the TAP position that SS, Medicare and Medicaid simply should NOT exist, and they will use any subterfuge, lie or demonization available to end them. They have been attempting that since SS began in 1935! It is the triumph of ideology over reason, compassion, community, and humanity…
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Richard Head - "We're NOT paying - the inter-generational wealth transfer schemes will end." Silly, silly statement... of course you are going to pay. You may not like it, like the bad medicine that makes you well, however, you will pay. That is, unless you grace America with you leaving...
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
GearHead - Are you like Rick Perry's daughter?
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Nuitari – The “Weeper of the House” has already made a compromise(s) with President Obama and there will be many more now that DeMintster is gone and 4-Tea Party Committee members have been given their packing papers. Read the tea-leaves; what you hear from the media is not all that is happening... I still hold out the hope that the TAP has the ability and will to learn… but then I have been wrong before…
Dave Koven December 09, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Gov. Walker...Now is not the time to spend $478,000 to refurbish the kitchen at the Governor's mansion. (story in Milw. Journal/Sentinel 12/9/2012). To all Republicans who voted for Walker, he certainly seems to have surrounded himself with a lot of people who are either getting indicted or are being investigated for "iffy" behavior. Party loyalty is one thing, but how many questionable things have to be connected with your candidate before you abandon him and say you might have made a bad choice? Please confine your responses to answering this particular question.
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Steve ® - "A release Saturday from the governor's office said fundraising by Tonette Walker and WERF will account for most of the cost." They ALWAYS say that, and then we taxpayers end up with the bill… only you believe them…
John Wilson December 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Bren – Walker’s real name is Pinocchio. I’m enjoying…
Steve ® December 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Have you paid the taxpayers back for the $13 million it cost to hold the temper tantrum recalls yet?
Bren December 09, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Weighing in on the mine issue once again for Steve, Robert Merlin is correct. Wisconsin should have the same regulations as its more experienced neighbors to govern modern mining techniques. Barring soil composition that makes mining in the proposed area an environmental hazard, there's no reason Wisconsin couldn't have a mine. A few right-wing politicians and cronies with their heads in the wrong place messed this one up for our state, big time. Hopefully round two will include common sense. Concerning the "250,000 new jobs" meme, this was a specific campaign promise repeatedly made by Scott Walker. With my personal knowledge of Walker's budgeting/contracting skill set (which I personally would assess at the 'don't press so hard, you'll break your crayon' level), I knew there was absolutely no data or plan that could achieve in-state job growth numbers that exceeded (at times) federal job growth overall. Have I not asked from the beginning, "Why make a promise that has no chance of being kept?" What would we think or even say about a colleague or relative who made such promises. At best we'd consider them a lightweight; at worst we'd gently disassociate ourselves as such individuals cast a negative reflection on all around. But some folks apologize and applaud this authoritarian flamboyance. I know the GOP has sensible people in its tent. Please send the Tea Party back to the nether regions and get back to solid principles. Please.
Ima Hippee December 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Koven - "...he certainly seems to have surrounded himself with a lot of people who are either getting indicted or are being investigated for "iffy" behavior." Um, are you referring to Obama? "Party loyalty is one thing, but how many questionable things have to be connected with your candidate before you abandon him and say you might have made a bad choice?" Um, are you referring to Obama? "Please confine your responses to answering this particular question." - Are you referring to Obama?
Ima Hippee December 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
John Wilson - speaking of Pinocchio, where is the savior, er, um Obama today?
Dave Koven December 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Hippee...I am referring to Walker. You really didn't answer my question. Re-read my post.
Lyle Ruble December 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Wow! People really must be put off by the weather today. I've seen some cooky things but this thread is beginning to win awards. Comments on going over the fiscal cliff, remodeling the Governor's Mansion kitchen, Social Security and Gen-Xer's wanting to commit generational genocide. My only comment is to Richard Head; just remember my friend that the boomers are going to hold the majority even after half of us are long gone. In addition, Gen-Y is also in support of the boomers. You continue whining about being victimized by boomers is so far from reality that I question if you know where reality is even at. Most of the laws and regulations you complain about were put in place prior to the boomers coming to political power. I guess, if you want to blame someone, blame the 'Greatest Generation' for having too many kids and enacting the laws and regulations that you now find so onerous.
GearHead December 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
@John Wilson: inhaling sand is hazardous to your health.

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