Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10 ways to understand Walker's new havoc-wreaking game

So, there he goes again, and we start another preventative effort, hoping there’s no clean-up shift.

Not content with promising during his failed 2015 presidential campaign to "wreak havoc" in Washington, DC, Scott Walker is on another campaign to wreak even greater damage - - rewriting the United States Constitution passed down to us by the Republic's founders.

Brave, serious leaders who left us legacies unlike Walker's leftover tweets.

Thus, three things, and then ten more:

1. Don't let yourself be divided-and-conquered, Walker-style. His post-defeat rehabilitation revival is just another career politician's to fool voters and reporters into think that there's some there there.

2.. He's already working the media, which means that as Walker builds another self-serving apparatus with the potential to wreak even greater havoc we'll be seeing more items like this Washington Post piece that can't get to the heart of the matter.

We definitely haven’t heard the last of him, and he’s being strategic about how he spends these years in the wilderness. “What I was looking at was stuff I could do that’s mission oriented,” he said in an interview last night. “There’s a lot of business opportunities out there. Nothing wrong with that. But I was looking for things that were really consistent with what I worked on as governor.”
And this isn't a knock on the story. It's just that we here in Wisconsin know Walker better than do outsiders.

3. So mostly for my media and activist friends beyond Wisconsin here's a rough, incomplete and to-be-updated first cut at list of items, resources and authors whose work will delve deeper into what Walker actually "worked on as governor."

* If Walker begins with that 'Midwestern nice' mantra, please consult this post for a fuller, documented definition.

* A blog series covering Walker's war on the Wisconsin environment.

* Red ink alerts! Walker's new gig purportedly will use conservative principles to target government deficits. Here are the details of Walker's signature $4.5 billion government handout to Taiwan-based Foxconn - - which also forced property owners off their land and left local governments in hundreds of millions of dollars of debt. 

And his history as Governor of skipping state debt payments to the tune of $1.5 billion to balance his budgets.

* 33 examples of Walker's attacks on science.

* 41 examples of Walker's duplicitous moves or claims to phony titles

* Unethical: Life in Scott Walker's Cabinet and the Dirty Side of Politics, by Ed Wall.

The Politics of Resentment. Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, by Katherine J. Cramer.

* The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politicsby Dan Kaufman. 

* UrbanMilwaukee.com has followed Walker for years with staff-generated postings guest columns. Here is a recent sample from editor Bruce Murphy: The Eternal Campaign of Scott Walker.

* Wisconsin Democracy Campaign maintains a political contribution data base covering Wisconsin candidates, campaigns and donors. Though Walker found a way around the collection and reporting rules.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only thing he wreaks havoc on is his digestive system.