LETTER: Walker sold out WisconsinTo the Telegram: Fall 2010: Candidate Walker hides his agenda from the voters. Out-of-state conservative corporate bosses bankroll the GOP gubernatorial race.
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Fall 2010: Candidate Walker hides his agenda from the voters. Out-of-state conservative corporate bosses bankroll the GOP gubernatorial race. No mention of attacking and busting unions is made during the campaign. Walker claims to have plans to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs based upon cutting corporate taxes. After staff workers (who have plead guilty) in his office illegally employ county resources to promote him, Walker narrowly wins. He then privately promises Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, to divide and conquer Wisconsin workers and tells his staff they will “drop the bomb” on public employees.
Fast-forward to the spring of 2012. Wisconsin leads the entire nation in two areas, cuts to education and job losses in both the private and public sectors. Impacts to local governments and schools are just becoming evident as Act 10 assures that budgets will fall further and further behind rising costs.
Wisconsin is millions short of a budget surplus, even after balancing the budget with the “savings” from gutting spending on our youth, cities and the needy. Why? Because funds were consumed by giving tax breaks to national and international interests, which have provided little investment in our state. All while raising lower and middle class taxes by cutting the earned income tax credit and homestead tax credit.
Walker campaigned on using strict accounting guidelines, and avoiding gimmicks like illegitimate fund transfers, to put the state on a firm financial footing. Two years later, his accounting guidelines are out the window, and the state is “kicking the can” of debt down the road, just like his predecessors. Likewise, to patch a hole in the budget the state is raiding funds from a federal settlement intended for homeowners damaged by bank fraud. Other funds being misappropriated include general funds siphoned into Milwaukee area highway reconstruction.
Rather than produce jobs, the legislature and governor have focused upon a social agenda that limits women’s rights, salaries (the majority of teachers are women) and reproductive health care.
Walker ran on one platform while he was secretly planning to govern on another. If he had openly declared his intentions, it is doubtful he would have become governor. Tom Barrett would likely have been elected.
Without truth and trust, our form of government cannot survive. Powerful national and international interests are again trying to buy off the Wisconsin voter. We can show them our state is not for sale.