[Further updated at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday from 10:55 p.m. Monday The update includes the history of the DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp pushing for larger agency land sales since Walker put her "chamber of commerce mentality at the helm in 2011.]
The GOP-led Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker are gearing up for The Mother of All Garage Sales - - at least 10,000 acres - - with price tags you may never see. And not necessarily sold to the highest bidder [Sic].
Public sale through mandatory open, competitive bidding? Well, the DNR says on its website that procedure is in the "may occur" category.
Really - - that's such an old-fashioned business model. And DNR boss and virtual-Commerce-Secretary Cathy Stepp has been pushing for more land sales as part the Walker administration's shrink- government ideology since 2011:
|(Actually, the 'owner' is a trustee for we, the people.)|
Heck - - Put a dollar $ign in front of it and you've got yourself a modest, modern day, post-Citizens United-era campaign or Governor's Defense Fund donation.
These days, Bucky keeps it simple!
And inserted into the budget, along with permissions allowing "Wrong-Way Walker," his trusty team at the DOA and key GOP budget-drafting committee leaders to sell any state asset without all that pesky paperwork, cumbersome advertising and time-wasting, stupid competitive bidding.
All those above-board, transparent business practices are so yesterday, just like old-timey campaign coordination legal barriers and fairness firewalls.
Or email networks set up on home Internet routers instead of equipment sneaked into public offices.
And where are these 10,000 acres? Is there a big project or two or three with public purposes on the table, since the land is already the people's property, acquired with their/our money?
Oh, it's here and there and everywhere and nowhere special - - wherever DNR top brass with their specialized chamber-of-commerce mentality have spied surplus trees to log, or wetlands to fill (despite long-standing Wisconsin judicial and constitutional protections to the contrary), or trails or crop-land to dump for pennies on your dollar.
What's the rush?
They say it's to raise cash to pay down some of the lands' original acquisition costs, but in reality it's to make the ideological point that this environmentally-hostile, highway-hugging, wetlands-draining administration has absolutely no use for the land's original purpose:
To further fill out a land Stewardship program.
For a sort of wild parks' and open space access concept thought up by those bi-partisan, power mad socialist Governors Warren Knowles and Gaylord Nelson - - private sector buttinskis through and through - - who'd created the Stewardship fund, in concert with fellow-traveling legislators a long time ago, so that everyday Wisconsin citizens might enjoy more of the outdoors if they couldn't afford to buy their own 80 acres with cut trails, water rights and tall timber.
How yesterday is that?