By Rebecca Berg
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to know: Why can’t the states have it all?
In a speech to the conservative American Action Forum in Washington on Friday, the likely Republican presidential candidate came out strongly for a federal model of government that would encourage other governors to follow the kind of example he has been setting in the Badger State.
Walker repeated his earlier suggestion that his presidential campaign theme would be founded on his vision of a country where states have more power to set their own courses — likely a motif among many Republicans this election cycle.Walker framed many of the problems facing states — from the economy to education to energy — as the result of “false choices” offered by the federal government. States are at their best, Walker argued, when they are empowered to make their own choices or devise a middle road.
“There’s this false choice between, you’ve either got to raise taxes or you’ve got to dramatically reduce services,” Walker said in one instance, speaking about how he has managed his state’s budget.“What business says, ‘Times are tough, I’m either going to double the price of my product, or cut the quality in half’?” Walker added.Read More@WExaminer
“In the world outside of government, nobody says that.”In some cases, Walker dismissed the need to make any choice at all. Speaking about a menu of energy policy proposals, Walker said, “I think we need leaders in Washington who will stand up and say: We want all of the above, both for a stronger economy as well as for a strong sense of safety.”