It's almost like it was a "bad dream" ... but sadly it was very much real life in the Badger State.
Real pain, endured by real families, trying to earn a living in their beloved Wisconsin.
Scott Walker’s first 100 days — Can We Say, “Fiasco?”
Barb Caffrey's Blog, elfyverse.wordpress.com -- April 12, 2011
Those of you who do not live in Wisconsin, be glad. Because that means Scott Walker is not your Governor.
Now, a more balanced and nuanced way to look at Scott Walker’s first 100 days is this article from the LaCrosse Tribune, where the headline says it all: “Walker’s First 100 Days a Mixed Bag.” See this link:
Here’s a good quote from that article:“Walker has pushed through an unprecedented amount of legislation,” said Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan government watchdog group. “But the way he has gone about it has divided the state in ways I’ve never seen before. And I am just not sure how we get back from where we are now.”[...]
This article from Eau Claire (WEAU) had locals grade Scott Walker; here’s a link:
Now, here’s what the folks said:[...] “As a former teacher, I know a little bit about grading, and I would give him an F,” says Paul Hoff, mentioning the funding cuts to education and collective bargaining as reasons for Walker’s failures.
“I’d give him a big fat F. I don’t think he’s done what anybody expected him to do,” says Mary Jurmain, who says she plans on leading recall efforts against the governor when he becomes eligible.
Democratic Party Chair of Wisconsin, was even less charitable about Scott Walker's first 100 days ... of austerity rule ...
wisdems.org -- April 12, 2011
MADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Scott Walker's first 100 days in office.
"We knew it was going to be bad, but nobody could have predicted it would be this bad. Scott Walker's first 100 days in office have been an unqualified disgrace.
First he killed jobs. Then he protected polluters and drunk drivers who kill. Next, he gave tax cuts to his rich buddies who didn't need it, at the same time finding cushy jobs for their children. He then began the job of dismantling Wisconsin's modern economy and longstanding commitment to education. And, finally, smirking before cameras, he introduced the most divisive legislation in the history of Wisconsin, employing equally divisive and underhanded methods to see it effected.
In his first 100 days, Scott Walker has torn Wisconsin in two in a deliberate plot to drive wages and benefits into the dirt and hasten the concentration of power in the hands of the wealthy few.
Mike Tate got it dead on. Here's a clip of Scott explaining his Divide and Conquer strategy to a very wealthy donor, at the start of those 100 days ...
Long before the "Koch sting" made him "famous" ... he was a man with a plan!
But of course there's always those with the contrary point of view.
Here's a word from Walker's fans on breitbart.com, about that ground-shaking whirlwind session ... when Walker shredded over a century of Wisconsin workers-rights tradition -- and laws.
by Brett Healy -- breitbart.com, 406 days ago
Before he even took office, Walker surprised many when he turned down $800 million in federal transportation funding for a high speed rail project he had said during the campaign that the state did not need and could not afford to maintain.
Immediately upon taking the oath of office, he called the legislature into special session; getting both houses (now brimming with newly-minted GOP majorities) straight to work on economic development proposals. Several of his bills passed with bipartisan support. and became law by the middle of February. These included passing long standing GOP initiatives like tort reform and HSA incentives to new proposals like revamping the state's Commerce department into a public-private economic development agency.
And then, he proposed curbing the powers of public employee unions.
And here's what Scott has to say about it, himself. Modest much Walker?
Natalie Gonnella, conhomeusa.typepad.com therepublican -- April 12, 2011
On how he feels about his first 100 days in office:
It feels good. I think we've signed more bills into law than any governor in the last 30 years. Almost every one of them has been job related, and we said early on that Wisconsin was open for business. I think we've shown it in the first 100 days that we're serious about it. We need to continue to do that. That's the one thing that's going to bring the state of Wisconsin together is a better economy.
One question for those now "Standing with Walker" -- Where are the Jobs?
Wauwatosa.Patch.com -- April 24, 2012
The keystone of Gov. Scott Walker‘s successful bid to become Wisconsin governor was his promise to create 250,000 new jobs in the state, but new data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the state has actually lost ground on that front.
Now, rather than 250,000 jobs, Walker will need to create roughly 273,900 to fulfill his promise. According to the BLS, Wisconsin shed 23,900 jobs between March 2011 and 2012. It was the only state with a statistically significant percentage change in employment to report a net loss, the report said.
Where are the Jobs, Scott?
Guess what Koch-rollback-dude, yours is next.