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Students join protesters in 2015 in a national rally to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

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I don't know about you, but for me, this habit of Scott Walker and his crew of communication specialists constantly referring to Wisconsin's "hardworking" families, taxpayers or whatever else comes to their minds when blowing their own horns is starting to get a little old.

I think I heard Donald Trump say something about hardworking Americans the other day, which only means the empty platitudes are spreading.

Sure, we all like to think of ourselves as hard workers, but in Walker's thesaurus the description "hard workers" is nothing more than a synonym for Republicans and others who agree with him. It obviously doesn't apply to those shirkers who work as state employees, teachers or many others who haven't exactly been enamored with Walker's policies and priorities during his years in office.

His Act 10, for instance, has saved "hardworking" Wisconsin families billions of dollars, in his estimation. Those who lost pay and benefits as a result of that draconian law obviously aren't the hard workers among us. Nor are those teachers who take home less pay and still have to dip into their own wallets to buy supplies for their classrooms and some of their low-income students.

Cutbacks in environmental regulations that include weakening the Department of Natural Resources, enormous giveaways to big businesses, increased borrowing for highways — yes, virtually everything is designed to benefit those "hard workers" among us. Just ask Walker and his minions.

More highway bonding means Walker won't be enacting an increased gasoline tax on "hardworking" Wisconsin workers, we're told. Just wait, though, until the kids of those hard workers grow up. They'll have to work even harder than their parents to pay off those highway loans.

That $3 billion to Foxconn? Oh yes, all of us will have to work extra hard to fill that hole in the state's finances.

What's funny, though, is that there's never any mention of a raise for all those hard workers among us. Our minimum-wage "hard workers" are still getting $7.25 an hour, among the lowest in the nation. The state's average pay for workers lags more than half the other states.

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But rest assured, Scott Walker says he appreciates your hard work, even when his actions show he really doesn't.

Dave Zweifel is editor emeritus of The Capital Times. dzweifel@madison.com and on Twitter @DaveZweifel

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Dave is editor emeritus of The Capital Times.