An excerpt from Governor Scott Walker's new book Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge
If you are like me, the view from Washington, D.C., these days is pretty grim.
Barack Obama has been elected to a second term. Obamacare will not be repealed anytime soon. Congress has approved massive tax increases, The national debt is on track to double during Obama's presidency. We are experiencing the worst economic recovery America has ever had. Family income has plummeted, and more than three quarters of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck. Over twenty million Americans still cannot find work or have simply given up trying. And the Congressional Budget Office projects that we won't return to full employment until the end of 2017 - a year after President Obama leaves office.
Worse, a recent study by Rutgers University found that six in ten Americans believe that the nations's economy has "undergone a permanent change" and that today's dismal economic situation is the "new normal."
Think about that: Our citizens are poor, our debt is larger, our growth is slower, and our people are less hopeful than at any time in recent memory - and a majority of American have come to expect and accept this sorry situation as "normal."
Yet President Obama has laid out a second term agenda that doubles down on the failures of his first. And Republicans are being warned that they should not even try to stop him. The GOP, we are told, is increasingly out of touch with the American people. Our once center-right country is moving center-left. We are told that they only way for Republicans to avoid electoral annihilation is to stop opposing President Obama, abandon our conservative principles, and make peace with big government.
Depressed yet? Don't be.
Thing may look hopeless in Washington, D.C., but form where I sit in Wisconsin, the view is decidedly more hopeful and optimistic.
Here is a little reported fact: Outside the Washington beltway, big-government liberals are on the ropes, while conservative reformers are winning election and policy battles in state houses all across the country…
So the question is: Why are so many Republican governors and state legislators winning elections at a time when national Republicans are fairing so poorly?
The answer, in part, is that while Washington remains locked in endless battles that most Americans don't see as having much impact on their daily lives, Republicans leaders at the state level are offering big, bold, positive reforms that are relevant to the lives of our citizens.