May 28, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

A Walker to the End of a Lie

This wonderful NY Times piece from last Sunday lays out the clear difference between economic approaches in Wisconsin and Minnesota. One being a doctrinaire political ideology where Right Wing do-nothing austerity and the suffering it causes is peddled to the masses as job creation. And the other, a can-do activist state government, taxing some spending for the state and creating growth and services and increased  quality of life.

Scott Walker, stooge of the tax and service-cutting, union-crushing Koch Brothers in Wisconsin, presides over a slowing economic environment and job market and a diminished state profile. Minnesota’s Mark Dayton, however, is an unabashed liberal, taxing the rich, increasing aid to education and social services. Jobs are up and so is the desirability of Minnesota as a destination for business and families.

Here then, in microcosm, is the clear philosophy of public investment, for once in sharp contrast with the myth of an outdated, discredited Right wing I’ve-got-mine-screw-you ideology.

You don’t have to spin, only observe.

Must read:

RIGHT VS LEFT IN THE MIDWEST BY LAWRENCE R. JACOBS

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Person of the Day: Scott Walker

 

Scott Walker, the union-busting governor of Wisconsin may not see trouble coming. But that may be because with one million signatures that came in yesterday for his recall he may be experiencing somewhat limited visibility.

UNION OR BUST

So the Wisconsin GOP finally fixed the Democrats’ wagon.  Without the Democrat state senate members they found a way to bust the public employees unions by passing a bill that took out financial concerns and became a raw grab for party and union-crushing political power.  As if this kind of tactic will go down well in Wisconsin.  Most polls point to a quiescent but still firm pro-union sentiment in that state and in the country.  Scott Walker’s polls are already hitting the skids.  The stories of the immiseration of the middle class will flow and so will Democrats, over time, into these legislative jobs.  The question is . . . what can the majority do with this? Already Walker is a poster boy.  How high and far can it be waved? Can the clear exposure of the GOP agenda wake Democrats up?  Today the Assembly will vote. Sometimes politics can surprise you. This may be one of those times.

Today in the NY Times by Justin Sullivan, Getty

 

 

THE VELVEETA REVOLUTION

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, another Republican politician joining in the current Class War Festival is finding out what happens when people wake up. His proposal to end collective bargaining rights for public unions in his state and in the process continue the program of eviscerating unions in the US, was strikingly reacted to by unions and ordinary people all this week, with even more  scheduled for tomorrow.  Silence is the Republican’s best friend here.  If there ever was a time to get loud this is it. Solidarity!

AFL-CIO PROTEST SUPPORT HERE

OBAMA’S STATEMENT IN SUPPORT HERE

IN THE NATION HERE