Apr. 30, 2015 By Jack Jodell.
The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, is starting to fill its clown car to the White House with wackos, much as it did in 2012. In this post, I continue an intermittent series which will feature the declared and / or desiring wannabe candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. I will focus today on the wholly bought-out, lying, and very deceitful Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, who has all but been endorsed by the billionaire Koch Brothers.
Scott Walker is a most polarizing political figure. He was narrowly elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010 (with a huge monetary contribution by the corrupt billionaire Koch Brothers); destroyed Wisconsin’s public sector labor unions shortly thereafter; narrowly survived a recall election in 2011 (again with monetary help from the notorious Koch Brothers); and was re-elected in 2014 (once more with massive financial contributions from the devious, government-hating Koch Brothers).
Would I consider Walker to be bought-out? Actually, I would consider him to be OWNED – lock, stock, and barrel – BY those selfsame Koch Brothers! For they love to invest in stupid, unwitting, fully compliant politicians like Sam Brownback of Kansas and Scott Walker, whom they know will do their bidding. In Walker’s case, upon entering office, he immediately set upon his prescribed tasks of slashing taxes for millionaires and billionaires and then crippling and neutralizing Wisconsin’s proud and once-powerful public sector labor unions. Walker also went after teachers by slashing cost-of-living salary increases and tremendously reducing the state’s budget for education. With his notorious Act 10 legislation, he has imperiled education in Wisconsin for many years to come.
Walker has steadfastly lied about his political agenda, knowing full well that if he told the truth, Wisconsinites would be up in arms and could force him from offce. After his assault upon public sector unions raised an uproar and nearly caused his recall (only a massive infusion of money from the Kochs was able to save him), Walker toned down his brash approach – but only a little. Rumors and investigations of campaign finance violations have surrounded him ever since the start of his regime. For Walker, somewhat like Rand Paul, rashly goes right ahead and does what he damn well pleases, and to hell with anybody else if they don’t like it. This has been a recfurring pattern of his and a revealing one, too.
Even before his political career began, Walker showed his willingness to break campaign rules. Back in 1988, he attempted to run for President of the Associated Students of Marquette University. He lost the race and was cited “unfit for presidency” by the Marquette Tribune. Why? He had violated campaign rules. While a Milwaukee County executive before his election as Wisconsin governor, his staff r illegal campaign fundraising activities from his county office! His staff set up an illegal email accounts and clandestine routers to Gnail and Yahoo accounts, and illegally conducted both government and campaign fundraising activities on them – doing campaign work on government time – unbeknownst to taxpayers. Walker’s close personal friend and political mentor, Tim Russell, is now serving time in prison on a felony charge of stealing from a Veterans’ fund. Russell helped himself to money from this account yo finance personal junkets to Hawaii and the Caribbean.
Controversy and intrigue swirl around Scott Walker, much as dirt does around the character Pig Pen, and the fumes are noxious. Like Richard Nixon, he has used the power of his office to threaten and punish political opponents. He has also replaced scientists and knowledgeable experts in Wisconsin regulatory boards with unknowledgeable but loyal political cronies. THESE are NOT the actions of a responsible or caring Chief Executive!
Economically, Walker has proven himself to be a loyal lapdog to reactionary Libertarian despots (hence, his overwhelming appeal to the Koch Brothers). He has tried to implement discredited far-right economic ideals like massive tac cuts for corporations and the wealthy and has drastically cut funding for Wisconsin’s public schools and universities. He has opposed a minimum wage increase and equal-pay legislation and refuses to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid for needy Wisconsinites lacking good health care. He lies about tremendous job growth during his tenure (the state has actually had very anemic job growth since 2010 less than 6,000 new jobs). In fact, he now faces a looming budget deficit of $2 billion – so much for his measures like huge tax cuts for the rich and forced austerity for all others! Both he and Sam Brownback in Kansas should pay attention to (and follow) the fine example set by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton – in Minnesota, Dayton increased taxes on corporations and the very wealthy, passed a minimum wage increase and equal-pay legislation, turned an inherited $5 billion deficit into a $1 billion SURPLUS, and created 172,000 new jobs in the process – in just one term! In fact, Forbes Magazine – hardly a “liberal” publication – recently ranked Minnesota as the 9th best state for business and the 7th best for economic climate! Take THAT, Walker, Brownback, and the Koch Brothers!
Scott Walker is a smug, egomaniacal ideologue. He actually thinks that standing up to massive protests, as he did in Wisconsin in 2011, proves that he would be a capable and strong president. When asked at a recent Iowa Republican gathering how he would confront the danger of ISIS, he quipped, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, then I can do the same across the globe.” How utterly absurd to liken protesting teachers and union members, few if any of them carrying guns, to well-armed, radical militant Jihadists in the Middle East! How stupid does this guy think we are, anyway?
Scott Walker has proven himself to be both a clown riding in the 2016 Republican clwn car to the White House, and a most unoriginal thinker with his reliance on a spoon-fed Koch Brothers lapdog political and economic agenda, I agree with the Marquette Tribune’s 1988 estimation of him as being “unfit” for the presidency – now, especially, the Presidency of the United States! One misguided sociopath (Dick Nixon) in the White House was enough for a lifetime – we certainly do not need another one named Scott Walker in 2016!