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The comedy stylings of Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and possible candidate for president in 2016, has (like a lot of politicians with higher ambitions) written a book.

Walker rose to national prominence in 2011, shortly after taking office, when he set out to cripple Wisconsin’s public sector unions, provoking an angry reaction from organized labor in the state and around the country (and even overseas). He managed to push a bill through the Republican-controlled legislature that severely restricts what most public employees are allowed to negotiate with their employers.

At one point in the book Walker provides what he apparently considers a hilarious list of the “top ten ways to tell you might be a member of a public sector union.” You can hear him read the list from the audio version of the book:

In a perfectly just world, Walker would be compelled to read that list before an audience of the families, friends and co-workers of the 343 members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Local 94, IAFF, AFL-CIO (a public sector union), who gave their lives trying to rescue people from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Unfortunately this isn’t a perfectly just world.

Although Walker withstood an effort to recall him in a special election in 2012, he is currently running even with his Democratic challenger in the 2014 election.

So justice may be done after all.

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