Even the general media pundits see our dictatorial governor as THE example of an ideologically driven politician, and not “managerial” in any way at all.
Take for instance this article in USA Today titled: "State of the states: What to do with their surpluses?" The response from Democratic governors differs greatly from the one standout Republican governor mentioned in the article, and for good reason, it's irresponsible.
• Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Republican: "What do you do with a surplus? Give it back to the people who earned it. It's your money," he said.
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat: "We have gone from a $10 billion deficit to a $2 billion surplus in just three short years," he said. "We can increase our investments in education, health care, economic development and still provide more tax relief."
• California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat: "Boom and bust is our lot and we must follow the ancient advice, recounted in the Book of Genesis, that Joseph gave to the Pharaoh: Put away your surplus during the years of great plenty so you will be ready for the lean years which are sure to follow."
Quite a stark contrast?
When he took office, Scott Walker described himself as a small business man trying to solve the states financial situation. A laughable self image to be sure. Only a career politician would suggest giving back revenue any other business would use to strengthen their economic well being. He’s a strict by the book tea party conservative ideologue:
"With the exception of high-profile governors — like Walker — who might have national aspirations, most governors tend to avoid ideological messages," said Daniel Coffey, an assistant professor at the University of Akron who has studied State of the State Addresses. "They're more managerial in their approach to governing, especially in their approach to budgets," Coffey said.