Today working-class hero Gov. Scott Walker visited Capitol Hill to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a hearing titled "State and Municipal Debt: Tough Choices Ahead." Now that those pesky public employees have been stripped of their right to bargain collectively, Wisconsin has "a progressive option," Walker explained. "We're giving state and local governments the tools they need not just to balance the budget for the next two years but for generations to come." Or at least until the Democrats get back into office.Needless to say, House Democrats let Walker know how offensive they found his actions. They also had some questions about the role of outside money in his campaign against public-sector unions.Gerry Connolly (D.-Virgina) asked about the prank phone call in which a local blogger pretended to be David Koch."He said 'I'll tell you what Scott, once you crush these bastards I'll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time. You responded to that by saying 'All right, that would be outstanding.' What did you mean by that?"Nothing, Walker explained. Just trying to get off the call. No implied reward. Then, he added: "I don't even know where Cali is."
Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015.