Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Today's election can rekindle WI bi-partisanship

Madison Capital Times editor emeritus Dave Zweifel posted a superb analysis of the damage Scott Walker and his allies have done to the state's constructive bi-partisan traditions:
Scott Walker and all too many of his allies in the state Legislature don't represent the Republican Party that Wisconsin citizens have known and often loved throughout the state's proud history. 
They're an entirely different breed fueled by an ideology that dismisses the need to compromise and longs for a return to the days when government was weak and special interests were strong. To them, power should reside in the private boardrooms, where they believe jobs are created, rather than in the people, whose needs often get in the way of low taxes and strong profits. 
This is not the Republican ideology of former governors like Warren Knowles, Lee Dreyfus or Tommy Thompson...
[They had] one goal in mind: Make Wisconsin government work for all the people, not the special few. That, sadly, isn't the case with those who call themselves Republicans in state government these days.  
If they're returned to office next week, the destruction of what was once Wisconsin will continue.
DC-based writer and Bill Kaplan echoes those themes when recommending Zweifel's piece, too.

Zweifel has spent a lifetime covering Wisconsin politics and knows what he's talking about.

His narrative is superior to I'd what I'd only touched on when framing a compendium of Walker outrages in a recurring posting that began in the summer:

There has never been a Wisconsin Governor in our memories prior to Wrong Way Walker who so widely disrespected the time, resources and basic interests of so many Wisconsinites, particularly the state's lower-income residents to advance a political career. 
Conflationists can claim until the cows come home that every Wisconsin Governor has behaved this one-dimensionally, opportunistically, selfishly, coldly - - including his latest pandering plays and ploys for his Tea Party base...signaling to certain conservative voters that he is their guy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

United we stand, divided we fall.