- A great deal of misdirect, disinformation, and outright lies.
- A compliant mainstream media that promotes the dishonest talking points, creating the illusion of "truthiness" and turning misleading information into propaganda.
Walker's style is to "drop the bomb" -- he told his largest in-state donor that he was going to use "divide and conquer" to flip the Badger State Red and make it a right-to-work state (video). Did we tell you that Walker's largest in-state donor pays no income tax?
Perhaps Badger State citizens should be glad the Packers season is over -- in 2011 Walker, mistakenly thinking he was talking to David Koch, proclaimed that he used that Super Bowl appearance as "our moment" and "our time to change history". He also made statements that he considered the treasonous act of putting "trouble makers" among protesters at union demonstrations (video).
So here's a quick recap of how Scott Walker began his governorship:
- Walker ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs" -- promises to create 250,000 in his first term.
- He DID NOT run on ending collective bargaining for anyone
- Walker ginned up a mild fiscal crisis by giving away tax breaks to out-of-state corporate interests. Walker has been telling "pants-on-fire" lies about Wisconsin's fiscal position.
- Walker then exploited the fiscal mess he created to launch his "divide and conquer" -- exactly the strategy he promised to implement when he talked to his largest in-state donor.
- The mainstream media was complicit with all of this -- the media manufactured his "rock star" status all along. Propaganda works (more HERE).
- Walker then lied that he ran on stripping collective bargaining in 2010 with ACT 10 -- Walker deceptively stated he had a mandate to take this action. Walker told the "pants-on-fire" lie that collective bargaining rights were "fully-intact".
Despite pro-Walker propaganda in Wisconsin's media echo-chamber falsely proclaims -- the criminal investigation(s) into the illegal act ivies that only Scott Walker directly benefited from are ongoing. Walker needs "divide and conquer" more than ever now -- he needs to call for "unity" and "moving forward" so he isn't held accountable for the crimes associated with his administration in Milwaukee County and now the Governor's Office in Madison.
Walker needs more economic terrorism to launch his next divisive attack.
Capper, at the blog Cog Diz, reports that it appears that the lawyers Walker has fighting indictment via his criminal defense fun, may be jumping ship -- leaving Walker's high-powered criminal defense law firms.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is advocating for even more divisive "divide and conquer", voicing support over the weekend for an effort to reform how some states award their electoral votes. Washington Post reports:
Basically, Republicans who have control of states that went for President Obama in the 2012 election are pushing for their states to change how they award electoral votes. While almost every state awards electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, Republicans want these states to instead award one vote to the winner of each congressional district.Walker has already indicated he may go along with this scheme. GOP has already gerrymandered legislative districts here in Wisconsin and across America. Even if democratic candidates can earn 7% advantage in voter support, the republicans still win. There are anomalies Wisconsin's election results -- here and across America "final results" are shaving some support off the true vote. Democratic candidates actually need 4-5% MORE than a 7 percent lead to win elections.
The other two electoral votes that each state has likely would be given to the statewide winner, as they are in the two states that currently employ this method: Maine and Nebraska.
The new system would allow Republicans to consistently win electoral votes (and quite possibly a majority of electoral votes) from states like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Virginia, regardless of whether they win the statewide vote.
All five of these states went for Obama in 2012. Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have consistently gone blue at the presidential level, and Virginia is tilting in that direction, which would make winning any electoral votes in these states a victory for the GOP.
It is entirely possible that, if the states mentioned above had this type of electoral vote system in place, we would now be getting ready for a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan coup. This is scary stuff.
Walker and his GOP cohorts are already planning to squelch dissension -- the state assembly has already enacted severe limitations on people's rights to access the Capitol and legislative process. The Wisconsin echo-chamber has misrepresented these actions as being "bipartisan" -- they are not and these reports are pure propaganda.
The Senate is now looking at even more extreme limitations on the rights of citizens to access THEIR Capitol and the legislatures that have sworn duties to represent us.
Walker has already directed the legislature to make the divisive mining bill "job #1" this year (more HERE). This law was so controversial, it was one of the few things he was unable to enact last year -- yet the media continues to proclaim that we now have a "new" Scott Walker that will avoid controversy.
Tonight's State of the State address is going to be fluff and republican talking points -- expect very little real information. Walker has already told out-of-state billionaires what he will not tell Wisconsinites -- more divide and conquer on the way. Walker has no choice, he needs to please his out-of-state billionaire backers to keep donating to his criminal defense fund.
Walker will not be able to use the Super Bowl to distract and cover this year, but expect him to "drop the bomb" again in his next budget.