From the Wisconsin Trenches:
I must be missing something, so I would appreciate someone explaining to me why people living below the top 1% income level support Gov. Walker? I also have a hard time appreciating Gov. Walker’s methods (and the state Republicans) of running the State Government. Gov. Walker takes bills written by out of state right wing (i.e. A.L.E.C.) interests, does not offer explanations of the bills, nor does he offer opportunities to have hearings to get input from Wisconsinites that might improve the bills. Rather the bills are introduced and passed at lightning speed, with at best lip service to the democratic process of getting input on them. State Laws have even been passed at night! This is not the open process of a Democracy; this is forcing a narrow-minded political agenda onto us all! This is bad no matter who is in power! All of us working together are smarter than any one of us (or a few) working on one’s own!
I also have a hard time appreciating Gov. Walker’s policy to de-fund BadgerCare and food stamps, and his privatizing/limiting the W-2 program. From a Public Health standpoint these are going to weaken our communities and cause many Wisconsinites to suffer even more. For what do you think will be the impact on Wisconsin communities when tens of thousands of people won’t be able to get the needed services to meet their basic needs? There are no substitute “safety net” programs.
Do we Wisconsinites really want a Governor who’s stated intent is to “divide and conquer Wisconsinites?” Do we really want a Governor who spends his time outside of Wisconsin giving speeches to various right wing groups? And finally, do we want a Governor who refuses to answer the question of why he formed a legal defense fund?