American Outlook sat down with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to discuss his political philosophy, the differences between being a legislator and an executive, his landmark fiscal reforms, and his views on America’s future.
AO – American Outlook has featured reform-oriented governors since its inception. This focus began when AO editor Jay Hein worked for Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in the 1990s and more recently AO covered the landmark administration of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. You have cited these two as your gubernatorial role models. How so?
Gov. Walker – Well for starters, the three of us ride Harleys. On policy, the thing that unites us is the way we govern as conservatives. We strongly believe in personal liberty and we like power as close to the people as possible.
As much as we are known for fiscal prudence—and that’s a very high priority of my administration—the Thompson/Daniels/Walker brand of conservatism is more about reform than austerity. We want less government but we want the government we have to operate at the speed of business as Mitch liked to say and to be responsive to the needs of our citizens. I used my reforms to balance the budget and pay off past due bills but Americans are dreamers who want more than cuts. We need to grow our prosperity which can only happen through society not the state.
Jay F. Hein
Editor in Chief
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