To make it easier for the pleasurably privileged 1% and the political machine that serves them to profit from public resources and strengthen their economic and electoral hegemony.
If you starve public schools of their financing, private schools that can teach conservative doctrines prosper. Which conservative donors love.
If you starve bus systems and ban trains, roads remain priority #1, meaning road-builder profits stay reliable and donations flow back to the transit-killers.
If you steer public dollars to agencies with new private-sector management and operating manuals, like Wisconsin's remade Commerce Department and the chamber-of-commerce-inspired DNR, more government-let contracts, and other public resources like waterways and wetlands and their profit-making potential fall under private steerage and management - - and the donations flow back from a grateful private sector.
And if you weaken environmental regulation, public confidence in government naturally erodes with the landscape - - see Oak Creek, coal ash spill - - and that makes it easier for companies to fill streams, build on lake beds, and mine large swaths of land - - see Senate Bill 24 - - with less fear of regulatory oversight, or effective citizen opposition.
The goal is to allow and encourage business to make a profit off public resources and to decrease the public role and trust in resource management and preservation.
It isn't that Walker and the Fitzgeralds and their conservative donor groups want government to run more efficiently - - that would only give government more credibility and reach.
They want to use government to subsidize private interests with tax breaks and deregulation, and to run out of existence government programs in the common interest.
And through fresh tax schemes, like the idiotic 9-9-9, or a flat tax, to make middle-class taxpayers foot more of the bill - - thus to pay for more for less.
The extreme right now in power in Wisconsin, with national funding' support, is coming after
anything and everything that has been created and maintained with your money and belongs to you - - beginning with state power plants, and then public waterways, and on to what ever can be picked off- - airports, street repairs, fish hatcheries, fire services, policing.
If it can be privatized and profitized, they will take it, and then through fees and an increased middle-class tax burden make you pay again to use it.
That is is the way that conservative interests in Wisconsin can control public resources and policy management (from rules to fees), with less resistance (thank you Voter ID), to extend the political strength and power of the 1%, and to make sure that Walker, Gableman, Prosser, Ziegler and Roggensack, and the Fitzgeralds, keep the political landscape clear of opposition.
15% of the American public is now on food stamps, nine percent are unemployed and the 1% has extended its share of the nation's wealth exponentially over the last few decades.
How much money do these people need, and where will they stop using public resources and state powers to feed and extend their control?
Recalling Walker is the first step towards retaining the historic, vital and democratically fair Wisconsin Way.
Sunday, November 6, 2011