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Trump Picks Walker for Smithsonian

Ex-governor and college dropout will join board of International Center for Scholars.

By - Jul 17th, 2019 01:21 pm
Scott Walker. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Scott Walker. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

President Donald Trump has appointed former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution, in an announcement made yesterday.

The center, as its website explains, is “a gathering place for some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world. Their work is the centerpiece of our activity and informs the nation’s public policy debates with nonpartisan and relevant research and information.”

Walker never completed his bachelors degree at Marquette University and as governor often seemed opposed to scholarship. He favored drastic cuts in UW System funding and tried to delete “the search for truth” from the guiding principles of the state’s university system.

By contrast, the search for truth is a central concern of scholars at the Wilson Center.

Walker also slashed the scientific staff of the state Department of Natural Resources and the DNR deleted all mention of climate change from its website.

By contrast, science is a major concern of the Wilson Center, which runs the Science and Technology Innovation Program. The center has also concerned itself with global climate change, co-writing a report on “climate and fragility risks” commissioned by the G7 nations and offering a program on “climate change and conflict”, among other efforts.

Among those who criticized Gov. Walker’s handling of education was presidential candidate Donald Trump who declared that “Wisconsin’s doing terribly… it’s in turmoil, the roads are a disaster….the schools are a disaster, and they’re fighting like crazy because there’s no money for the schools…”

Walker has been appointed to serve the remainder of a six-year term that will not expire until October 23, 2024. He will help oversee “the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community,” as the center describes itself.

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2 thoughts on “Back in the News: Trump Picks Walker for Smithsonian”

  1. Keith says:

    It doesn’t make any sense.Must be God’s will.

  2. Thomas Martinsen says:

    I have personally visited the Woodrow Wilson memorial center in a small town in Virginia a # of times. What impressed me of Wilson on those visits was Wilson’s intellectual heft. Trump matching Walker with Wilson is like George Herbert Walker Bush matching Dan Quayle with Loyd Bentsen in the 1992 VP debate.

    I know a thing or two about Woodrow Wilson. I know more than I wish I did about Walker’s intellectual limitations. Bentsen knew John Kennedy, and he knew that Dan Quayle was no John Kennedy. I know enough about Walker to know that his name should not be mentioned in the company of the likes of Woodrow Wilson except as a foil as a fool in contrast with an original thinker. Walker has shown zero ability as a thinker. He has no business in the company of such as Woodrow Wilson.

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