Not a good start, but why are partisans so incredibly dense?
By Jack E. Lohman
I consider myself a pro-business Republican, though not a very good one lately. But let’s (all of us) not be so incredibly stupid about this political game, and that goes to D’s and R’s alike. We are ALL Wisconsin taxpayers and our democracy is dangerously at stake. Let’s stop its demise… NOW!
Let’s also not roll over to Scott Walker because of political ideology, or because we are anti-union or whatever. Understand that Walker and Paul Ryan are NOT working for YOU, they are working for the Fat Cats that fund their elections. Same is true of Pelosi, Reid and Obama. If you don’t like it let’s fix it… but let’s not remain gullible wusses.
When Walker was asked directly by congress, he admitted that his anti-union budget saved NO Wisconsin budget dollars. But it sure sent a message, didn’t it? Wow, now here’s a guy fighting for us!
These politicians are not just “ideologically” motivated; they are financially motivated and very much in tune with their funders. Unions send their cash to the D’s and business sends theirs to the R’s.
Not voters and not taxpayers. Cash funders of political campaigns!
Our politicians are playing games with us, and we gullible partisans are falling for it. They created a major problem and now have us diverted while they “fix” it. And as long as we fight the partisan fight, we will lose.
I don’t have a problem with private enterprise
I love it, in fact. I was CEO of a private company for 25 years. But I started it from scratch and did NOT acquire it from the state on a no-bid contract and without a thorough cost analysis (both of which are enabled by Governor Walker’s new budget law). Nor did I receive cash from David Koch, Walker’s 4th largest contributor and the probable buyer of the energy plants.
Okay, if we have determined that we’re okay with private energy ownership of an inelastic public service, soon to become a monopoly that the public cannot opt out of, let’s first determine if privatization is the least costly to the taxpayers. And THEN let’s put it out on COMPETITIVE BID! Preferably to corporations that have NOT sent cash to our governor, but those may be hard to find!!! And let’s remember that WE Energies pays its CEO $8 million per year and passes that cost onto its users (who are locked into their service), thus “private” has its problems too.
Incredibly, the Right is as much in denial as the Left. When I owned a business, before retirement, I would not permit an employee to take cash on the side and give away company assets in return, but that is exactly what the politicians do. And we fall all over them in awe. Where are our friggin’ heads?
Only public funding of campaigns will get them passing laws in the best interest of the public. And maybe some of those laws will be anti-union and others anti-corporate, like tax loopholes. But they will be working for *US* and not *THEM*, and more inclined to make a sincere, cost-effective decision.