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Did Scott Walker Really Compare Himself to Franklin Roosevelt? Yes, Yes, He Did

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"Much of this progress (for working Americans) has been due, I like to think, to the one thing that this Administration from the very beginning has insisted upon: the assurance to labor of the untrammeled right, not privilege, but right to organize and bargain collectively with its employers."
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, September 11, 1940

Scott Walker is not averse to flights of fantasy.

But the governor of Wisconsin -- who began August by hosting the annual meeting of the National Governors Association in Milwaukee and then planned to jet off to South Carolina and other key states to promote a 2016 presidential bid -- filled his imagination quota last week when he compared himself with Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

No one with the slightest sense of history could confuse the governor, who has yet to encounter a Wall Street dictate he didn't honor, with the president who said when he sought re-election in 1936:

"We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace -- business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering... Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me -- and I welcome their hatred."

But, of course, Scott Walker does not have the slightest sense of history.

That was painfully obvious when last week, in an appearance before a Governmental Research Association conference, the governor asserted:

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