Opinion: Tsk, tsk, Walker: Which is it, sir?


This is a case where it’s best to tell the truth so you never have to remember what you said. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), who at one time in 2006 orally ripped the ethanol mandate, altered his message (it’s the Republican way) a week ago during a visit to Iowa. Surprise! He embraced it during an appearance there. Kudos to Tim Carney of The Washington Examiner for doing the digging on this. By the way, the mandate is the corporate welfare program that subsidizes corn farmers and ethanol producers at the expense of motorists, diners, eateries and the environment. A word to the aspiring GOP nominee for the presidency: Say what you mean, mean what you say. Or don’t, and be like the rest of the sheep already in Washington.

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NBC News (not Brian Williams) reported last week that its recent poll with the Wall Street Journal shows “more Americans clamoring for change in the upcoming 2016 presidential election than they were in the ‘Hope and Change’ year of 2008.” Interesting. Apparently 59 percent of respondents said they would welcome a less-experienced candidate if he or she were to bring greater changes to existing policies. Of course they would. They would so much, in fact, that they would simply wish for it instead of going to their polling place. Does anyone know what time Oprah reruns are on? (By the way, we view this, if true, to be something of a concern to Jeb Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the apparent frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic nominations, respectively.)

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So, back to that whole Hope and Change song and dance. From time to time, we check in on Real Clear Politics polling, and here’s something to ponder from last week: It reported 44.4 percent approves of the job President Barack Obama is doing and 32.2 percent believes our nation is headed in the proper direction. There’s all that change for which American voted.

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