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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

By John McCormick and Billy House, Bloomberg News (TNS)

In modern American politics, you don’t hear many stories about college dropouts moving into the White House.

Scott Walker wants to change that. The Wisconsin governor never finished his degree at Marquette University, dropping out of the Milwaukee school during the spring of his senior year.

His lack of a degree was one of the questions that arose Tuesday during his meeting in Washington with dozens of Republican U.S. House members, according to lawmakers at the session.

Walker, who in recent days has become increasingly more affirmative about the likelihood of a Republican presidential bid, is also meeting privately with social conservatives in Washington. He’s said he will make an announcement about his decision after the Wisconsin legislature completes a two-year budget plan, likely in late June.

Representatives Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Dave Brat of Virginia, who attended the meeting that Wisconsin’s Republican congressional delegation held for lawmakers to meet the governor, both recounted Walker’s answer to a question about his lack of college degree. They said Walker told the group he was offered a job during his senior year and took it.

The Washington Post reported in February that friends remember Walker getting a job at an American Red Cross office near the campus. Some also remember hearing that one of his parents had a health problem or about financial stress on the family, the newspaper said.

Walker argued the lack of that bullet point on his resume is a potential political advantage, telling the lawmakers — as Cole recalled it — that 68 percent of American adults don’t have college degrees. It “plays in my favor,” Cole quoted Walker as telling the group.

In Wisconsin, 46.7 percent of the population reports having some college education or an associate’s degree, according to the most recently available American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nationwide, 45.5 percent report some college or an associate’s degree.

“It is an elitist question,” Cole said.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

  • Dominick Vila

    Gov. Walker may be right. Not having a college degree, lack of commitment, and anti-social and anti-labor policies, are likely to be considered positive assets by the Tea Party, the evangelicals, and those who remain convinced the Earth is flat.
    Perhaps not surprisingly, the same people who welcome and support the nomination is Scott Walker, have been questioning the qualifications of Hillary Clinton to run for President.
    I hope the Tea Party succeeds, and Scott Walker is the 2016 GOP nominee. One can only hope…

    • FireBaron

      Oh, Dominick, how about this one – Walker as the GOP nominee for President and either Cruz or Paul as the Veep (I think Rubio is too smart to attach himself to this sinking ship)! Wouldn’t that be one for the books? Better than Goldwater and Miller!

      • Dominick Vila

        Many far right ideologues seem to be consumed by a mixture of paranoia, arrogance, and greed; but not even them will endorse a Walker-Cruz ticket. As much as I would love to see something like that, and as much as I disagree with the Tea Party, I don’t think they are that stupid. Then again, they really don’t have much to choose from, in spite of the proliferation of candidates.

        • dpaano

          There’s always Trump!!!

      • 13observer

        Yes, and then we can play off of the great success of 2014. Labor will sit this one out because of false promises made to them by democrats. The sinking ship is “labor” and now they have someone to blame!

      • idamag

        Walker-Cruz 2016

    • stcroixcarp

      Walker is dedicated to maintaining and spreading ignorance. Look up his budget for Wisconsin. He proposed cutting $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system, cutting per pupil aid to public schools by $150, expanding the voucher program which will take another $45 million from public school districts, cutting all educational and research positions from the Department of Natural Resources, and the list goes on and on…

      • idamag

        Smart people might question his intelligence, so let’s make sure there are less smart people.

      • plc97477

        All in an attempt to make sure wisconsin votes for him, although he will have trouble in the rest of the country.

        • stcroixcarp

          I hope you are right and the rest of the nation rejects him. I hope Wisconsin rejects him too.

          • dpaano

            I hear his ratings in his own state are pretty poor!!

      • dpaano

        And he wanted to build a new stadium for some state team??? Ridiculous!!! Goes to show he thinks sports are more important than education!

        • stcroixcarp

          He supports tax payer subsidies to private businesses over any public services. Yes, he wants to reward the Milwaukee Bucks by giving them a new taxpayer funded arena. Shame on him.

  • Insinnergy

    He should try losing half of the remaining quarter of his brain… then he’d totally win the primary.

  • Daniel Jones

    Regardless of Congress, we do NOT live in an idiocracy.

    • idamag

      Congress makes you wonder.

  • Budjob

    If this NAZI,was half as intelligent as he thinks he is,he would still be stupid!

  • Grannysmovin

    So according to Walker he is qualified to be President over the other Republican canidates because he has no college degree, he stood up to protestors and he was a boy scout. If I wanted to kill myself I would climb Walker’s ego and jump to his IQ.

    • stcroixcarp

      Stood up to protesters like the “Singing Grannys” and kindergarten teachers!

      • Grannysmovin

        Yep those aggressively singing Granny’s prepared him to take on ISIS.

    • Allan Richardson

      What a metaphor! There are lots of idiots like that; one can only hope and pray for the time when they themselves will fall off their egos and crash on their IQs!

      Of course, the literal IQ figure is not what’s really important; it’s whether you are WILLING to learn or not. A computer that does not receive correct data, or any data, cannot produce useful output.

  • FT66

    Does Scott Walker think the job he is seeking is a sleeping job and enjoy being in the Oval Office? The job is all about heavy thinking of which one acquire from doing tough exams in obtaining a college degree. Presidents age very fast because they do a lot of thinking. No smart voter will cast their vote to be led by someone who has a lower IQ than those he wants to lead.

  • LawBear

    Walker needs to go back to college and try to cram a lifetime of learning into that last semester.

  • bobnstuff

    It’s not the degree that matters but the wisdom gained in getting it in which case he loses again. The question I ask myself is why he got elected in the first place.

    • idamag

      Has to make you wonder about the electorate, doesn’t it?

  • Justin Napolitano

    He is just like every other Republican that thinks being less than smart, under-educated is good thing Republicans don’t like facts so having a president that doesn’t understand facts fits perfectly.

  • j.martindale

    I completely agree with Walker. Several decades ago, there was a book written, “Anti-intellectualism in America.” The book identified the know-nothing sentiments rampant in the U.S. Things have not changed in the intervening decades. Democrats should not be comforted by Walker’s lack of education. I think the issue needs to be handled delicately by the Democrats, showing sympathy for those who don’t have educational opportunity rather than ridiculing Walker’s lack of credentials. Remember, there are a great number of high school dropouts who will sympathize with the man.

  • idamag

    With the new trend of thinking stupid is a virtue, he might be right.

  • dpaano

    Just what we need….another uneducated president (meaning Bush) in the White House! Is this guy for real???