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Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge (Hardcover)

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    ?Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservatives?and still win elections. Those who say we canít donít see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We donít need to change our principle......more

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?Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservatives?and still win elections. Those who say we canít donít see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We donít need to change our principles. What we need is more courage.Ē


In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walkerís chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protesters?furious about his collective bargaining proposal?swarmed Madison, camped in the capitol, and attempted to block the passage of the governorís reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national mediaís descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced ?Dead Man Walker.Ē He found himself fighting for his reforms, fielding death threats, and facing an unprecedented recall election.

But then something happened. Walkerís policies began to work. His constituents realized they were better off with his leadership, and in June 2012, he became the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt, winning with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election.

In Unintimidated, Governor Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the stateís schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official.

Speaking from the perspective earned from his resounding victory, he outlines lessons conservatives on the national stage can learn from his success, such as:

? Change the polls, not your principles.
? Donít accept the false choices presented to you.
? You can reform entitlements and survive.
? Austerity is not the answer.

SCOTT WALKER is the governor of Wisconsin and a leader in the Republican Governors Association. He was previously the county executive of Milwaukee County and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Before that, he worked for the American Red Cross and IBM. He and his wife, Tonnette, have two sons and live in Wauwatosa.


MARC THIESSEN is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the author of Courting Disaster. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, and their four children.

Author:
Walker, Scott
Genre:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
278
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sentinel
Publish Date:
11/19/2013
Copyright Year:
2013
ISBN:
9781595231079
Height:
9.0 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
1.1 lb
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