Synopses & Reviews
Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservativesand still win elections. Those who say we can't don't see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We don't need to change our principles. What we need is more courage.”
In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protestersfurious about his collective bargaining proposalswarmed Madison, camped in the capitol, and attempted to block the passage of the governor's reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national media's descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced Dead Man Walker.” He found himself fighting for his reforms, fielding death threats, and facing an unprecedented recall election.
But then something happened. Walker's policies began to work. His constituents realized they were better off with his leadership, and in June 2012, he became the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt, winning with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election.
In Unintimidated, Governor Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the state's schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official.
Speaking from the perspective earned from his resounding victory, he outlines lessons conservatives on the national stage can learn from his success, such as: Change the polls, not your principles. Don't accept the false choices presented to you. You can reform entitlements and survive. Austerity is not the answer. Never stop reforming.
Walker is living proof that conservatives need not move to the center to win. He argues that Republicans must offer Americans big, bold, positive solutions for our nations challengesand have the courage to implement them. Walker has shown that even President Obama will back down when faced with reforms promoted with common sense and courage.
“This guy Walker is one of the gutsiest, toughest, strongest, [most] committed guys I have seen in Republican politics in a long time.” —Rush Limbaugh
“Governor Walkers principled leadership and common-sense reforms are moving Wisconsin in the right direction.” —Paul Ryan
“He had the courage to take it on, even when it got ugly, and he never stopped.” —Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina
“Results matter. And that, more than anything else, explains why Scott Walker won.” —Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard
"Most books by incumbent politicians are not worth the paper they never should have been written on. If, however, enough voters read Walkers nonfiction thriller, it will make him a — perhaps the — leading candidate for his partys 2016 presidential nomination."
—The Washington Post
“Most books by incumbent politicians are not worth the paper they never should have been written on. If, however, enough voters read Walkers nonfiction thriller, it will make him a—perhaps the—leading candidate for his partys 2016 presidential nomination.” —George F. Will
, syndicated columnist
“With so many people already speculating as to who might be the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers new book may be especially worth reading. It shows a man of real depth, and with an impressive track record that ought to overshadow the rhetoric of others, especially among the Washington Republicans.” —Thomas Sowell, syndicated columnist
“Walkers timely book clearly demonstrates the essentials of talent and character in the ranks of state executives.”
—The Washington Times
A controversial governor recounts his fight to reform his state and issues a call to action for the whole country
In 2010, Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin with a mandate to improve its economy and restore fiscal responsibility. With the state facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, he proposed a series of reforms to limit the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, which was costing taxpayers billions in pension and health care costs.
The reaction was swift and severe. Angry protesters gathered outside the capitol, teacher unions accused him of sabotaging education, and the media descended on Wisconsin to make it a national controversy. Soon, liberals nationwide were denouncing Governor Walker.
He stood his ground despite relentless political and personal attacks with the help of supporters across the country who hailed him for having the courage to drive real change. In June 2012, he won a special recall election with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election, becoming the first governor in the country to survive a recall election.
In this book, Governor Walker shows how his commitment to limited but effective government paid off. During his tenure Wisconsin has saved more than $1 billion, property taxes have gone down for the first time in twelve years, and the deficit was turned into a surplus. He also shows what his experiences can teach defenders of liberty across the country about standing up to the special interests that favor the status quo.
About the Author
is the governor of Wisconsin and a leader in the Republican Governors Association. He was previously the county executive of Milwaukee County and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Before that, he worked for the American Red Cross and IBM. He and his wife, Tonnette, have two sons and live in Wauwatosa.
MARC THIESSEN is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the author of Courting Disaster. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, and their four children.