… he has relished solving it the wrong way!
By Jack E. Lohman
Yea, tough times call for tough measures, though in this case it should be with what our corrupt campaign finance system has done to the budget.
But Governor Walker has very successfully made this a “public union” issue instead. It’s called diversion, or “Quick, guys, hide this before the taxpayers see our true intent.”
As well as killing unions and their financial support for the Dems, Walker wants to reduce or eliminate Medicaid and BadgerCare; even when those programs for the poor need expansion. So instead of dealing with illness in the relative low-cost doctor’s office we will now see these patients showing up at the Emergency Room. And most certainly we’ll see more bankruptcies and homelessness as a result.
And he seeks authority to sell off state assets in no-bid contracts, which clearly will benefit the Koch Brothers (his 4th highest campaign contributors). Remember when he wanted to sell off the Milwaukee airport to private interests? How do you say “Here we go again?”
Just wait until it comes to privatizing our water!
He doesn’t really have to do any of this, but it gives him more room to pad political campaign coffers. Remember that private interests can give campaign bribes and public entities can’t. That’s why he took the phone call from David Koch.
(And, oh, if you don’t like the word “bribes” substitute “gifts” instead. In my view they are the same when they generate a quid pro quo.)
But give Walker this…
He has accomplished two things he didn’t count on:
- He has awoken a sleeping giant; trade unions and even the non-union workers who now see the handwriting on the wall, and they don’t like it. This is not going away easily, and likely will spread nationwide.
- And he’s shown his true colors to those who voted for him (and likely won’t again). Polls show that he wouldn’t win again if the election were held today. And even those preparing for a gubernatorial recall in January.
Let’s hope that — IF a recall is successful — Russ Feingold carries the Democrat’s flag (though I didn’t vote for him in 2010, I would against Walker), and I’d sure like to see Ben Manski run for the office.
It didn’t have to be this way…
Had our politicians not spent taxpayer funds to satisfy their campaign contributor’s projects, we wouldn’t have deficits in the first place! Neither at the state nor federal level.
Unless we fix our campaign finance system we will be in this budget battle forever. Our politicians are paid to spend taxpayer money by the special interests that want in our pockets, and that translates to higher taxes (are you listening, deficit hawks?).
The politicians have no other option. They need money for their election so they must lick the boots of the Koch Brothers.
There are only two kinds of money…
… public and private. So we need public funding of campaigns if we are to reduce government spending, and at $5 per taxpayer per year it would be one helluva bargain.
I’m not happy that Walker would spend 20 minutes on the phone with a guy he thinks is David Koch, but our current political system demands that he kiss up to contributors. We have no “public option” for political funding.
Importantly, I don’t want to have to watch over my politicians, wondering which special interest they are going to satisfy next. I want my politicians working for the taxpayers from the beginning, and today they aren’t.
Walker could be right; but he could also be wrong. We’ll never know as long as our politicians prostitute themselves to the highest bidder.
Were Walker not taking cash dollars from the likes of David Koch, few of us would be complaining about his decisions because we’d know they were being made in the best interest of the public. Our whole problem with state budgets is 100% interconnected with campaign payola.
Here are a few Walker “recall” sites:
www.notmywisconsin.com (Citizen Action)