Walker has some of it right, but not enough!

Some four-letter words are welcome

By Jack E. Lohman

Like… Jobs!!!

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker would provide incentives to companies who manufacture their products in Wisconsin, and he is absolutely correct with that strategy. Only corporate favors will bring jobs back to Wisconsin.

Where he has it wrong is believing that he can balance the state’s budget and run it in the black. It just can’t happen, at least not under our current moneyed political system.

Taxpayers want politicians to reduce spending and the Fat Cats that fund the elections want the opposite. The latter will win it every time. It does no good to be a fiscal hawk when your legislature is being paid to spend money, and it does no good to try to attract companies and jobs to a high-tax state. Solve the political problems first and then go after the growth.

The only solution is public funding of campaigns, which Walker has opposed in the past and opposes today.

If the Dems were smart they’d make this happen and lock their party into power for years to come, but they have shown little inclination to do so. For sure it will not happen under a Walker administration.

Walker has made it clear that he does not support “government-run” health care, so that leaves the current privatized insurance system in place. Which, incidentally, also keeps the campaign cash rolling in.

And if congress does pass a health care bill that gives states the option to implement their own single payer, I’d count on a Walker veto here too. His brand of compassionate conservatism doesn’t reach that far.

Bothersome is Walker’s penchant for “privatizing” things; namely, at the moment, Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport. To believe that the added corporate wastes (executive salaries, bonuses, profits and political contributions) would somehow not be passed onto the taxpayers is wishful thinking.

Outsourcing does not decrease government spending, it ultimately increases it. Chicago (and Milwaukee) are now looking at privatizing their water systems, which will surely come back to bite them. If the state politicians were smart — and nobody has ever accused them of being that — they’d buy back the power companies throughout the state. The ratepayers of WE Energies alone are forking out an extra $9.9 million for its CEO’s salary, a bit much for this neck of the woods.

The only benefit of privatization (to the politicians, anyway) is that government can’t give campaign contributions but private industry can. And that’s what we want to eliminate, not expand.

2 Responses to Walker has some of it right, but not enough!

  1. B. Spoon says:

    I believe some goods and services work just fine as Free Market products, while others not so much. Some things are (or should be) not-for-profit public services. Here in this country we don’t seem to be able to tell which is which. Balanced Markets work much better than totally Free ones. Free Markets left unfettered often run amok and become horribly out-of-balance, leading to the return of Robber Barons and Great Depressions. Free Market success depends upon whether or not the choice to purchase a good or product is “free” to begin with. Some goods and services operate under Captive Market rules (i.e. “have to have, or else” sort of thing). Free Market rules break down and don’t work when used to rule over Captive Markets, or what should be public goods and services. Captive Markets depend upon management using humane values that serve the “Good of the Whole”, while Free Markets depend only upon materialistic values serving the welfare of individuals.

  2. That’s an excellent description of the problem. Leave it to the the CEOs to take control of a “Captive market” and turn it into their “Free market” model for profit-making purposes.

    Our politicians should be ashamed of their standing by and watching this unjust takeover of vital human services. What’s next? Privatized fire departments?

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