Scott Walker is using the budget crisis he ginned up, the resulting economic train wreck, and some of the worst job growth in America to launch more "divide and conquer" politics. California proved that Walker's false dichotomy, either austerity-for-the-massive while increasing welfare to corporate-interests or fiscal ruin, is a massive con.
Walker is using an economic crisis that he created and inflamed to do the Koch brother's work. If this was really about solving the state's fiscal problems, we would do what California successfully did, going from deficit to surplus in 2 years:
The change in fortunes reflected cuts that were imposed over the past two years, a temporary tax surcharge approved by voters in November that expires in seven years, and a general improvement in the state’s economy.It was easy -- just follow Bill Clinton's advise -- balancing the budget isn't hard, JUST USE ARITHMETIC! (video)
There are only 2 reasons Scott Walker wants to use "divide and conquer" to destroy Wisconsin's economy.
- Crony capitalism and corporate welfare is what Walker promised his out-of-state multinational corporate billionaire backers.
- Delivering more "divide and conquer" economics is the only way Walker can keep money from these billionaires rolling into his criminal defense fund.
And while your at it -- please send to our democratic leaders to. While we know that President Barack Obama is aware that raising revenues is the key to balancing budgets, it couldn't hurt to email this link to the White House and national leaders too.
Why does Scott Walker make this about imposing austerity on the common folks and undermining responsible environmental laws to allow out-of-state multinational mining interests to poison our water and destroy Wisconsin's natural habitat?
Paul Krugman understands why they ignore California's success:
As this reality becomes more obvious, the deficit scolds will of course go wild. They have staked their careers on crusading against supposedly intractable deficits, and they have their hearts (and more important, their wallets) set on exploiting the alleged fiscal crisis to dismantle social insurance programs. Good news will be a blow to everything they want, and will be furiously and vigorously denied.
But once again: deficits are receding as an issue before our eyes.We can't cut our way to growth. Giving corporations boatloads of money does not create jobs -- the elite are not this Nation's "job creators." The real job creators in America are working Americans that earn a living wage.
Please help spread the word -- email this to Scotty and his friends!
[Update] Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, has even more to say. In an interview with Bill Moyer's, he stated that we could end the economic recession in America in 2 years, adding:
We can actually make a lot of difference even quicker than that. Because the fact of the matter is far from having an effective job creation program, we’ve actually been holding back. We’ve seen state and local governments layoff hundreds of thousands of school teachers.A cabal of republicans, including Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, proclaimed they would make President Barack Obama a one-term president when he took office. GOP has undermined our economy every since.
We’ve seen public investment in basic stuff like road repair cut way back. If we just went back to normal rates of filling potholes and normal rates of employing the schoolteachers that could be done in months.
Scott Walker's policies in Wisconsin have done more than their share in pulling down national economic data -- this is by design and Wisconsin's media echo-chamber has helped. The obstructionism by republicans has kept unemployment high.
Here's the video: