Scott Walker of Wisconsin
The leading Republican candidate for President in some polls, Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin shows a consistent pattern of indifference to the law and the truth in all his elections. Born in the high military spending high crime state of Colorado, he was the son of a Baptist Minister and a bookkeeper. After five years they went to Iowa, then at age 10 to Wisconsin where Scott graduated high school from a small town. Attending but 34 credits short of graduation, Scott Walker was disgraced from the Student President race at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The student newspaper reversed their endorsement when Walker resorted to a last week smear campaign against his honorable opponent and lost the race in a landslide. His campaign also stole all copies of the student newspaper when the bad endorsement came out.
When Walker ran for Governor, six members of his Milwaukee County Executive staff were indicted and convicted for working on Republican political campaigns, including his, while drawing paychecks as public employees. Walker was the subject of that John Doe investigation, listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in that process. This becomes a common Walker practice to throw others under the bus in pursuit of his higher ambitions. When he defeated the recall, the only governor in American history to do so, he took advantage of a loophole in the fundraising statutes in Wisconsin to raise almost unlimited amounts of Koch brothers’ money to outspend the other side two to one, about $70 million to $30 million, unprecedented sums for Wisconsin politics. Just like in his student president race, his first election to governor, and his reelection to governor, he has denied his intentions to attack the existence of public sector unions the first time and private sector unions the second time. However, he revealed his intentions when a donor of $1.3 million to his campaigns was caught on tape in a film about Janesville, Wisconsin, asking him about right to work laws. His reply was first public sector unions, using a divide and conquer approach. His outrageous sneak attack on public sector unions in Wisconsin brought 500,000 protestors to the capital in February March 2011. He was caught on tape entertaining the thought of introducing troublemakers into the peaceful crowd, which he later decided not to do. He lied to the Oshkosh newspaper one week before the 2010 election saying he would negotiate with the unions. After the election he immediately began ALEC research on legislation the first week and refused to accept $800 million in federal railroad money between Milwaukee and Madison. Walker’s action led directly to the end of thousands of jobs in a Milwaukee factory. Then in office, he gave a tax break to corporations in January enough to create a budget crisis. He then used that budget crisis to strip away public sector union rights. This overreach was way beyond the health pension and wage cuts needed to balance the budget after the Bush 2008 recession and the new revenue cuts.
For the reelection, he continued the lying by claiming job growth although he had half the jobs he promised in the 2010 election, and Wisconsin fell behind ten other Midwest states in job growth during his first four years. His give away to the rich tax cuts are the exact opposite of Dayton in Minnesota, with Minnesota now ranked #9 for business climate by the Wall Street Journal among states while Wisconsin is ranked #32. He claimed to reduce the deficit in reelection to half a billion, but after reelection he admitted it exceeded $2 billion. In Minnesota, when taxes were raised on the rich rather Walker’s lowering them, the deficit went from $4 billion to a surplus of $1 billion.
Now Walker is pursuing “divide and conquer” again as he first took on the Universities in the budget, then a couple of weeks later announced a surprise special session to pass so-called “right to work” laws to allow freeloaders to avoid paying unions for the services and pay raises earned by those unions.
Dignity or Rankism at Work
by Dr. Bob Reuschlein
Wisconsin is passing so-called “right to work” laws this week. People who do not believe in democracy or real equal rights under the law especially resent fair treatment in the workplace. They reward freeloaders who want to enjoy the benefits of a union without paying for them. They want wage slave work under a dictatorship in the workplace. They want the feudalism of lords and serfs. They also seem to want to destroy the meritocracy and replace it with birthright capitalism, a self perpetuating aristocracy of those who were born on third base and think they hit a triple. For example, the inherited wealth Koch brothers who want to buy the next election with 989 million dollars. In the government world, when a majority votes for higher military spending, those of us who object can’t just refuse to pay our taxes. But with Wrong to Work (mislabeled “right to work”) legislation, an employee can refuse to pay union dues while still being entitled to the rewards of those union dues. This freeloading is encouraged by the same people who often complain about the poor “freeloading” off of society, a very strange double standard. So it’s okay to undermine democracy in the workplace, but you can go to jail if you undermine democracy in the greater society. A Great Civil War was once fought in this country over the right to separate from the Union. Those states who lost that Civil War have taken over the modern Republican Party so much so that it is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln. This effort to diminish the rights of workers is nothing if it is not a clear case of rankism, favoring those in power over the dignity of those subject to the power of others. Jesus’ challenge to those who would abuse others with their power and riches is exactly why he ran afoul of the religious and Roman authorities on Good Friday. So these same people don’t hesitate to inflict harm on workers, while claiming to love Jesus. With such twisted logic, no wonder some of them believe the president doesn’t love this country.
Four page sermon on “Jesus and Empire”:
So here in Wisconsin, Scott Walker continues to tell lies during the election season and then do just what he has said he won’t do, when actually elected. The consistency is to say anything to get elected, then do as much as you think you can get away with to destroy the political base of the opposition party. The new so-called right to work law is a case in point. The legislature will fast track this bill in a special session while ignoring the very real budget problems that might have justified a special session. The point is to punish his political opponents and weaken their opposition, although it is supposedly to improve the business climate. But TV commercials claim 400 businesses don’t want the law changed because they will lose business. So the agenda is set in the high military high wealth parts of the country the Koch Brothers live in. Scott Walker, born in high military spending Colorado, does not love Wisconsin, he loves power. He wants to destroy the Wisconsin Idea and the many educational strengths of Wisconsin. I still fail to see how less money for the middle class can possibly improve business sales or attract better workers, but that’s just me.
More on the uncivil wrongs of rankism:
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