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Gov. Walker: Thanksgiving a Time to Reflect on Neighborly State

"People in Wisconsin really do look out for each other," Gov. Scott Walker shares in his weekly radio address.

Every Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. This week’s address was given Wednesday and is titled Thanksgiving.

The state has 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/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177.  To download an mp3 file you can visit http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address:

Hi. I'm Scott Walker.

A tornado hit Merrill earlier this year. The next day I came to survey the damage. Homes were destroyed and trees were thrown all over the place.

As we pulled in to one of the neighborhoods, I couldn’t help but notice that pickup trucks everywhere. The sheriff informed me that many family members and friends had come to help clean up.

Walking around, I talked to folks and soon realized there were also plenty of people who didn't know any of the homeowners but were there to help. One guy came up from Wausau just because he heard it on the news.

I found that this attitude was similar in other parts of the state when I made similar visits during the past eleven months. People in Wisconsin really do look out for each other.

This Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful for a wonderful family and outstanding friends. But I'm just as thankful to live in a state where neighbors selflessly help neighbors.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving...and oh by the way Go Pack Go! 

Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Not true Thurston. There are over 200 administrators with salary and benfit packages starting at $100,000. Take 20% of them away and you can save at least $4,000,000. That is 4 million that can reduce the budget or go to the classrooms or infrastructure. In 2005, there were only 100 administrators, so cutting back to that level, you can save $10,000,000. The district sure isn't any better off with those 100 extra administrators than 2005. The 10 million means that you could almost pay in cash to add an elementary school every year! Further, construction costs are actually far lower now than in the past 3 decades, adjusted for inflation.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Lyle- Vouchers are the best thing that has happened in RUSD. RUSD is failing and even with all the special aid they have received over the years, it is still failing and getting worse. They have totally misspent and misappropriated tax dollars that they have no public trust. Stormy- These kids are leaving for a reason. The school district isn't giving them a good education. While on the board, I've seen dollars wasted in scandal, unions and certain board members rob the taxpayer blind, a corrupt Supt., a corrupt financial team, and I fear the new CFO is no better. I'm so glad that the state saw fit to offer vouchers so parents could still live here but send their kids somewhere else. I've even been trying to get Caledonia out of RUSD.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 02:51 AM
It's all over Lyle. But remember, with those kids leaving, you don't need as many schools, or as many teacher and administrators, so you tell me why vouchers are a bad deal for RUSD. They are educationg less students but still receiving half the funding.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Lyle- What did I say that was untrue? For your information, there was absolutely no reason why the REA had to switch to the policy they did. It would have been $2000 cheaper for them to have kept the same insurance. The problem is that the union leadership wanted sooo bad to sign a contract that they took the only deal they thought would keep the deductibles low. What they didn't realize was that the plan they were on had no deductibles so it was actually cheaper to stay with the plan they on. So it wasn't Walker that screwed them, it was Pete Knotek and the Unionistas that screwed Mr. Clone. It is the attitude that these teachers have that they are somehow above the economic times and deserve to be treated better that is elitist.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Linda- Let me clarify when I say old timers I mean those with high seniority within the union. But as for your personal assessment, I will tell you that my family has recently endured financial hardship to care for my mother-in-law so don't try being all righteous when you have no clue, because yes I would, and yes I have.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Lyle- No, actually a good hunt! As for a shrine, none here, but I do have appreciation that a politician actually saw a problem and fixed it. That a politician didn't kick it down the road for someone else to fix. And for a politician that cared more about the entire state than the 30,000 affected, and did it in a way that was fair. And your Scooter nickname is a little infantile wouldn't you say?
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Linda- Because 53% in this country pay no taxes at all, 17% of middle class families pay some tax but the upper 10% account for 80% of all taxes collected. And if you are a public employee, yes we pay your salaries (that means everyone else that is not a public worker), but you contribute nothing to ours, and we ask that you at least contribute to your benefits (albeit modest contributions), you are willing to lay-off your own, scream bloody murder, and tell us how it is your right to be above everyone else in the world that has seen these cuts to their own benefits (at much higher levels, mind you). The only answer to remaining status quo was to a. layoff thousands of workers statewide, or b. raise taxes. Walker found a medium between the two and it is 100% bullcrap that the unions would have taken concessions. They didn't and they have been asked for years, especially in RUSD. And regardless of what your union thug leaders tell you, collective bargaining is not a right, and you still have collective bargaining power greater than federal union workers.
Lyle Ruble November 27, 2011 at 03:47 AM
@Brian Dey...I am pleased that you know so much about post secondary education and the reasons for the high costs. Your experience at RUSD has made you an expert on state colleges and universities. You need to compare our compensation packages with like institutions in the Midwest just like I have. I know that UW-Stevens Point is not as expensive or as academically challenging as the UW or UW-M, but your attendance there made you an expert on post secondary education? Your arogance is almost overwhelming.
Linda Motley November 27, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Brian, everyone who lives in this country pays taxes. The only ones who don't pay income taxes are those so far below the poverty level they don't qualify, or those receiving money on which they have already paid taxes. I am not nor have I ever been a public employee (but they pay taxes, too); I am not now, nor have I ever been a union member (they pay taxes, too). And as far as Walker's threat to lay off thousands of workers, this state has lost 10,000 jobs since Walker took office. Some of those jobs disappeared as a direct result of his budget cuts causing many people to be laid off. And this is the guy who promised 250,000 new jobs. You also might want to give some thought to the fact that of those 47% you say pay no taxes, a goodly number of them are republicans, as well as democrats, independents, progressives and libertarians just to name a few. So why is it the democrats are being demonized when republicans are just as guilty of the "sins" you claim the democrats are guilty of? There are lots and lots of public workers who are republicans and belong to unions. So, are all those republican union members "union thugs", "whiners" and "snivelers" as well as your demonized democrats? Instead of name-calling, accusations and insults hurled at people who disagree with you, why is it you cannot accept that not everyone thinks the same as you? And when you start throwing out the insults, that's exactly what you will be getting back.
Linda Motley November 27, 2011 at 03:56 AM
I should amend my second sentence - The only ones who don't pay income taxes are those so far below the poverty level they don't qualify, or those receiving money on which they have already paid taxes, AND THOSE RICH ENOUGH TO BE EXEMPT FROM HAVING TO PAY INCOME TAX.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Lyle- You don't have to have an attitude but you check for your self at uscollegerankings.org. Tuition, books, room for Wisconsin: $21,617, Minnesota: $23,878. And I'm sure with your vast knowledge of post secondary education, you know about the shared-compact regarding in-state tuition between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Faculty salaries at University of Wisconsin-Madison rank in the top 38% of the top 500 public univerity faculty salaries with an average salary of $91,037.00 not including the state pension plan and healthcare benefits and stipends that average $40,000+, according to State University.com. Also, since you defend public workers and how mistreated they have been by Walker, Wisconsin is one of 41 states where the average public employee mkaes more on average with salary and benefits than their private sector counterparts, roughly $2,500 more according to USA Today. So I wouldn't call it arrogance Lyle, just researching the facts. And yes, I am a post-secondary education drop-out and I am in good company; i.e. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, John Glenn, Theodore Roosevelt, to name a few.
Lyle Ruble November 27, 2011 at 04:33 AM
@Brian Dey...There shouldn't be one single red cent of taxpayers money that goes to any private school. I don't care that it costs less, but you get what you pay for. It is a scam pure and simple to get tax payer money to fund, for the most part, non secular educations.
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 04:41 AM
Lyle- So it is a scam to send inner city kids to Nicolet (originally part of the Chapter 220 voucher program)? Or somebody poor should be stuck in Rufus King and not be able to go to my private school alma mater, Greendale Martin Luther? The scam is public education and holding it as some sort of sacred cow (no offense). These private and charter schools, that are now held to the same scrutiny on assessment testing, outperform almost everysingle public counterpart academically (Racine, Milwaukee only apply). I think that it is arrogant of you to deny children of poverty the same chance to excel as those of wealth. As a matter of fact it is hypocritical if you believe that the rich should be taxed higher, Lyle. HEre is what should be a very Democrat-like issue. Oh yes, but it hurts the unions. I say that the scam is the unions!!!
Brian Dey November 27, 2011 at 05:13 AM
Lyle- Again, get your facts straight because it was the party of Lincoln, the 1964 Republican controlled congress that introduced the civil rights act that eventually became law. As for OWS and the recall movement joined at the hip, one just has to look at the occupation of the North Avenue bridge to reach that conclusion. As for TEA Party and Republicans; from what I saw, and what seems evident in Congress, is it is an attempt to co-opt the Republican by conservatives frustrated with Republicans caving to Democrats on key conservative issues related specifically to tax and spend agendas. Hmmm... Remember why the colonies wanted independence? Seems that the Tea Party wants this country to return to those values, not like Occupy Whatever and you hear interviews of these wackos that believe the world owes them a high price job, with no demands that they actually contribute anything. If I were Obama, I would be running as far a way from that unless he wishes to suffer the same fate as Jimmy Carter. We are not Europe, nor should we be, but the mess we are in is because of some of the same socialistic ideas as Europe, and yet one whole party advocates for such failed policies. It's not about the Koch Bros., or other in that category. We are simply tired of all the spending, and tired of paying for it with our hard earned money and you should too.
Lyle Ruble November 27, 2011 at 05:23 AM
@Brian Dey...You are patently wrong about voucher schools. In Milwaukee County they didn't perform any better than the public schools. If children of poverty wish to go to Milwaukee Luthern or any other private school, then the schools should provide them scolarships, but no tax payer money. If you're sending your kids to charter schools then it should be your responsibility to pay for it. You certainly can afford it. Did the taxpayers pay for you to go to parochial school?
Lyle Ruble November 27, 2011 at 05:38 AM
@Brian Dey...The Republican Party you are referring to in 1964 was a party of moderation primarily focused on fiscal issues and rejected the social conservancy of the Dixiecrats. Many Republicaans were leading proponents of women's rights including abortion, birth control and womens's health. But, the issue is that the Republican Party has moved so far to the right that it is so beyond being slightly right of center to the libertarian extremes. Your knowledge of American History leaves a great deal to be desired. You need to understand the true reasons for the American Revolution and it had very little to do with taxation and everything to do with representation in the English Parliment.
Say What? November 27, 2011 at 06:29 AM
OK, first thing: It was an accumulated 110 sick days. Meaning, they didnt use the 10 annual ones they received as part of contract. 2nd, you want a teacher with a union that has lost all power to stand up to an employer about a disagreement on policy. Can you say fired? 3rd, read my previous post. Elect new officials, place direct force on management with new officials.
Stormy Weather November 27, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Brian Dey - You are absolutely right about school vouchers! More doors open for families next year and we will watch as more parents exit a failing school district via vouchers. I also know a lot of parents who have utilized open enrollment and they are so glad that they did (even if it means putting a lot of miles on their car)... Schulte School is a good example of a school that RUSD has ruined! It used to be known as a hidden gem that produced great students. I don't blame the teachers for this, because Schulte has/had some awesome teachers. I do blame the former "weak" principal who didn't have a clue on how to discipline children. Hey RUSD - How many involved Schulte parents have you lost in the last 5 years? I have a feeling that RUSD is going to implode on itself within the next 10 years (maybe 5) and then what are the die hard union members going to do? I think they are going to regret following their Union like sheep as they head over the cliff...
Hudson Resident November 27, 2011 at 03:39 PM
You must be drinking the same tea as Lyle. 1st) Obviously you are a government union thug if you can somehow justify this type of contract. 2nd) Private sector employees deal with policy issues all the time without union representation 3rd) Again I will state that WEAC has worked hard to control school boards across the state. 4th) I love it when a liberal advocates for local control of education. Can we agree to then eliminate not only the Wisconsin Dept of Education but also the Federal Dept of Education? Two things that the liberals absolutely LOVE because they generate policies which require MORE teachers and MORE money. 5th) Give me a flipping break. 6th) Nobody is changing their mind out here anyway so we're all just typing a way for nothing..... :)
Stormy Weather November 27, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Say What: #1: Getting 10 annual sick day doesn't mean one should use 10 sick days. What people forget (both public & private) that sick days are for being SICK. My husband has worked almost 25 years in the public sector and he has probably called in sick less then 10 times! Quite honestly, unless a person has a medical issue they don't need 10 sick days a year. Or give them 5 paid sick days and 5 unpaid sick days. I bet you would see an increase in healthy employees! #2: RUSD teachers have had years of collective bargaining and they have never stood up and publicly demanded that RUSD & WEAC address this issue of behavior problems in our school. #3: WEAC has such a tight grip on their union members throats, that they pick and choose who they want their members to vote for. Then they use the teachers mailboxes at school to spread their message. So quite honestly, unless a person is wealthy they will never be able to compete with the free advertising that WEAC uses. Brian Dey was right - Look at the school board... They are all firmly entrenched in support of WEAC.
Stormy Weather November 27, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Randy 1949 - Please tell me what good things has the teacher's union and collective bargaining done for our district in the last 10 years? The recall attempt of Governor Walker is going to cost both side millions. Doesn't that bother you? "When is the last time WEAC put millions into improving public schools - And I'm not talking training and that kind of stuff. I am talking bare bones - What did they do to improve an actual school! We will use Walden as an example since they are doing a good job of turning out educated students. What improvements has REA-REAA done for Walden? How much money has the REA-REAA put towards the recall and how much money have they put towards any of our RUSD schools? WEAC & REA-REAA should be ashamed of themselves - They always say that, "It's for the children" and then they refuse to adapt to minimal pay cuts. Governor Walker won the election last year and he is doing his best to turn our state around. Instead of trying to make our cities and state a better place, Democrats are crying and stomping your feet like 2 year olds! How many millions will it take before people realize that WEAC & the REA-REAA have just flushed your dues down the toilet?
Lyle Ruble November 27, 2011 at 05:42 PM
@Stormy Weather...Maybe the answer to RUSD and MPS is to break these huge districts into more managable units. I agree with Brian Dey in this approach where he is advocating that Calidonia should become its own district. Originally consolidation was done as money saving structures. However, as with any bureaucracy it grows and can soon become out of control. By breaking up these bureaucracies into smaller units, they will more closely reflect the community values of the local communities they serve. Once the transition occurs then attention can be given to the poorest performing districts and areas. These poor perfoming districts will probably be districts that are impacted the most by poverty, whcih can be specifically addressed without impacting what is now the whole district of RUSD.
Say What? November 27, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Hudson, 1st) I think you have some challenges 2nd) You dont know how school employment works 3rd) Show me where WEAC has been puppeting a school board) and 4th) Ron paul would love to see the Dept of Education shut down and the decision to go back to the states. As for local control, and your assumption that I was advocating for it...I said for you to get off your lazy butt, drop the patch, and spend some time on your school board to effect the change that you want to see. 5th) GIVE ME a flipping break
Stormy Weather November 27, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Lyle Ruble - Now that is a solution that I can agree with! :) I have said for years that RUSD is too big and they are too top heavy. A principal should be in charge of their school and they should be able to discipline both students and staff without having to go through 5 or 6 people who probably (rarely) set foot in the school. If the school still doesn't improve after installing a zero tolerance policy for their students, then the Principal should be held accountable. Also, I believe kids need to go to neighborhoold schools. If parents choose to send them to Walden, Jefferson Lighthouse, Gifford, etc. then they should drive them or at least pay a portion of the busing costs. If you want to see a school that is doing the right stuff, visit Paris Elementary in Kenosha County. Everyone is involved - Principal, Teachers, Students, Parents and the community! Bad behavior is not acceptable...
Pamela November 28, 2011 at 07:27 PM
@Lyle, You must mean common curtesy toward your fellow man. Respect, in it's truest form, is earned through honorable actions. I was taught to obey my elders, I was taught to obey authority. I was never taught to automatically respect someone.
Pamela November 28, 2011 at 07:50 PM
@Linda Motely, God love ya for being the spelling police, but who do you really think you are? Stop spewng your lies about my children!!!!. YOU do not know MY children!!!
Lyle Ruble November 28, 2011 at 08:22 PM
@Pamela...The difference may be semantic or generational. Unlike what you have said you were taught; I was taught to respect others, treat them with courtesy, and withhold judgement until such time as judgement can be made objectively. I was also taught to respect the position such as teachers and others whose positions required respect. As far as questioning authority, this is where we probably differ the most. In my culture it is appropriate to question, especially authority when authority appears to be overreaching or disseminating questionable information. Questioning does not mean disrespect but validates veracity or rejects it.
CowDung November 28, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Education can provide more opportunities, motivate young people, and keep America's economy strong--but unfortunately, some educations are better than others in that regard...
Steve November 28, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Craig - It makes you proud that finally someone stands with the rest of us. My business has doubled if not tripped every year. I heavily invest back into it which creates more money moving around and more employment whether that be direct or subcontracted. Any bit that stays behind instead of going to a public union is helpful. Lyle- Not into that hippie stuff, remember, evil capitalist conservative business owner who also has a background in mining. No drum circles here with intense :)
Brad Keen November 07, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Please see these State of Wisconsin Documents. I have scanned and uploaded them. Help us please. This man will kill us. Police have been here 31 times! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Lgu9VZZus http://www.scribd.com/doc/111803229/Trevor-Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/111913239/Retstraining-Order http://www.scribd.com/doc/111909385/Letter-to-Sheriff http://www.scribd.com/doc/111909369/Letter-to-Jon-Seifert http://www.scribd.com/doc/111805937/Affidavit http://www.scribd.com/doc/111804289/Krisik-Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/111803683/Balow-Report-Kircher All of these documents will be posted on this FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Corruption-in-Pepin-County-Wisconsin/377008915715572 All 11 Videos of the threats and harassment. The police do not arrest this man, he is friends with the one cop in town. http://www.youtube.com/user/Missisippiification/videos This man has fired shotgun slugs near our home after screaming at my wife from across the road. He was not charged with disorderly or threats. Pepin County District Attouney goes hunting with his Uncle... 31 times the police have been here and he stalks my wife daily. This is small town madness. Please Help us before blood is shed in Pepin County Wisconsin

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