In Gov. Rauner, Echoes Of Gov. Walker

May 4, 2015

If you follow state government long enough, you start to hear the same things over and over again. That holds even across four decades.

Last week, I produced an obituary for the late Gov. Dan Walker, who died at the age of 92. In listening to several of his speeches from 1975 and '76, I was struck by the similarities to the sorts of things we hear from politicians today — particularly Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Both of these men came in after unpopular tax hikes, and both downplayed their wealth with folksy images. So I'm asking the question: Are they essentially the same guy?

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Music: "Flutterbee," "Peas Corps" and "Blimp Readout," by Podington Bear. Used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-3.0 license, via WFMU's Free Music Archive.