Yup, Walker Is Running for President
But one thing is for sure—Scott Walker is running
He and the Republican members of the JFC have
checked off all of the boxes Walker needs to promote himself nationally. Of
course, Republican legislators gave him a head start two years ago, when Walker and the GOP
decimated public employees’ bargaining rights. But the new budget proposal will
serve Walker well as he pleads his case with conservative donors outside of
- Creating a regressive income-tax cut: You betcha. And it’s
bigger than the one Walker proposed a few months ago. That’ll sell nicely to his
deep-pocketed donors around the country who still, despite all evidence to the
contrary, believe in trickle-down economics. Probably because they get the
- Rejecting Obamacare: What else could get tea party
donors more hot and bothered than the mere mention of Obamacare? Well, Walker’s
rejected it and sticking it to low-income Wisconsinites who need it the most.
The JFC came to Walker’s rescue by adding in millions of dollars for hospitals
that would be forced to aid more uninsured people, driving up costs. Walker’s proposal
makes no sense if you run the numbers. But it’ll play well with his
- Expanding voucher schools: Of course. While
Republican legislators tinkered with some of Walker’s original plan and removed
some the statewide charter school board and special education vouchers from the
budget, Walker and the GOP legislators are now expanding vouchers across the state—at the same time they're increasing funding
for them and adding no new accountability measures for these taxpayer-funded
private schools. Nice trick. The Amway family will go wild.
- Creating a job for Dog the Bounty Hunter: The JFC revived an ALEC proposal to legalize private bail bondsmen in
Wisconsin, even though there’s no reason to do so. (And quite a few reasons not
- Seeming bipartisan by rewarding Chris Abele: The
controversial Milwaukee County executive helped to push the anti-Milwaukee
County and anti-local control AB 85 through the Legislature. So Republican
legislators are coming to Abele’s rescue by redefining the Lake Michigan
shoreline. That may help spur the Couture development, which Abele vetted in a
highly irregular fashion. No wonder why Abele is known as “Walker-lite”—the two
men seem to disdain transparency.
So, yes, Walker is running, and he’s running on this budget because he’s definitely not running on his job-creation record.