Walker, college dropout, encourages others to do same

That’s pretty much the only takeaway you have from this line of the MJS article on yesterday’s debate:

Walker said he didn’t graduate because he got a job and he suggested that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.

Man, that’s poorly stated. And if you compare it to this statement published July 31, it’s another flip flop by Walker.

Walker released a letter from Marquette that showed he attended the school for four years, from 1986 to 1990, and would have needed to stay there for at least another year to get a degree. He had 94 credits and would have needed at least 36 more. The exact number of credits he needed isn’t clear because students must take classes in certain areas of study to get degrees.

Walker did not return to Marquette in the fall of 1990 when he ran unsuccessfully for the state Assembly. He said he left school after the previous semester because he’d taken a job with the American Red Cross, not because of his political ambition. He won a special election to the Assembly in 1993.

Education is an essential ingredient in bolstering the state’s economy, he said, adding he believes he can make that case even without a degree himself. He said he expects his two high school-age sons will go to college.

“A diploma, I think, is just a necessity to get a job in today’s economy,” Walker said. “So as governor I’m going to push as many opportunities, affordable opportunities, as possible.”

By the way, I was glad to have read that second article. I didn’t know 1) how far he was from graduating, and 2) his first job after college. After finding that was the Red Cross, I consider it fair to say Scott Walker has NO experience in a real private sector job. He’s always lived off the largess of the public from either a not-for-profit or the taxpayer.

I predict it won’t be a good year for career politicians. But, like so many things, we’re just going to have to wait to see.

It’s a month to the primary. If you are considering voting absentee, time to make that happen.


  1. Cindy. Yet again you called it on the Scott Walker ineptitude list — another flip-flop. I hadn’t thought of that, I was so distracted by Walker’s verbal fumbles. My favorite line that I relayed to me from someone who was at the debate was this from Walker (I still cannot fathom what he was really trying to say, but the implication of what he actually said is astounding): “…in fairness, I am only 42 and haven’t had a career yet.” WHAT has he been doing since he dropped out of Marquette? Seems to me like he’s been a ‘career’ politician. It confounds me that people actually think this guy has leadership qualities and capability to manage the state.

  2. BrkfldDad says:

    For someone who garnered 94 credits in four years, 36 in one year would have been awfully ambitious. He was three if not four semesters away from getting a degree.

  3. Yep. Doesn’t appear he was the studying type.

  4. Liberal one says:

    Cindy needs a lesson in reading. Walker said students would “consider” dropping out in the current climate, not that they “should “drop out.

    Wonder what Cindy’s level of education is.

  5. Liberal one – I finished a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science in May 2005 from UW-Milwaukee after a break of several years.

    Walker, agreed according to the MJS, said “that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.” No one said “should.” It’s not anywhere in my post.

    (Back to that idea of careful reading.)

    Plus, and I hope you won’t miss this point, Walker is out of touch if he thinks kids are quitting college to work in this economy. It’s quite the opposite.

  6. Liberal one says:

    You would be right if you didn’t call it a flipflop. And you’re right, walker dropped the ball on the response.

  7. Might consider dropping out vs. need a college degree to get a job isn’t a flip flop?

    Maybe Walker’s just saying if he doesn’t stay elected he probably won’t be able to find a job since he doesn’t have a college degree.

  8. Liberal one says:

    No, it’s not. One deals with what Walkers sees as a “necessity” and the other deals with the perceptions of students.

    Me thinks you’re trying too hard.

  9. Liberal one – Obviously we disagree. That’s fine.

    James Rowen – Is there a link for this data? Thanks so much for finding it for me.

    Oops. I found it already! http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/WISCONSIN09.pdf

  10. Cindy,
    Could you cover Walker’s scandal while at Marquette? That has been successfully covered up and I find it disturbing. It was right before he “dropped” out, (although some say it wasn’t entirely his choice…grades and scandal left him with few other options). Any research you could find would be awesome!

  11. There is none. I have never seen anything buttoned down so well.

    Scott Walker’s college career is as mysterious as President Barack Obama’s.

  12. So much for endorsing mr Walker, this time anyway. Career politician or slider?
    Hmmm…who to vote for…how about a write-in for Mark N…..nah. I guess reading is fundamental and a degree goes a long way. A scandal would only make this juicier

  13. I don’t remember agreeing to endorse him – just that I’d vote for him. At least that’s what I recall.