Friday, May 11, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker: I want to make a Blue State "Red"

Does Gov. Walker remind you of GW Bush? The two men are related. 
Documentary film footage from 2011 shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talking about a "divide and conquer" strategy regarding the state's public employee unions
It shows the narrowly-elected Walker talking to a top donor, Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, and Mary Willmer-Sheedy, an M&I Bank executive from Janesville. 
Hendricks asks Walker whether he can make Wisconsin a "completely Red State, by making Wisconsin a "right-to-work" state. 
"(R)ight to work" laws permit workers to not pay union dues or even to join a union although the workplace has a union contract. these laws weaken unions because they do not get union dues form these "scab" workers. 
Walker says in the documentary: 
Well, we're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer
According to a transcript the Journal Sentinel has, the governor then said: 
So for us the base we've got for that is the fact that we've got – budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out.
Democrats started a petition and have forced Walker into a June 5 recall election. 
Walker's Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, is Milwaukee's mayor. Barrett says Walker secretly wants to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state. 
Walker barely beat Barrett in the race for governor. Of interest. the Obama administration will help Barrett in the forthcoming recall election. 
Scott Walker has plunged our state into political turmoil with his `divide and conquer' style of governing. 
 More alarming is how Walker says in public what he thinks the people want to hear, but then reveals his true colors to the conservative billionaires bankrolling his campaign. We cannot trust what Scott Walker says.
If you examine the situation in most Red States, wages are lower because of the weak unions.  There is also more obesity. more teenage pregnancy, and more venereal disease.

In addition, many of the Red States are recipient states. They receive more in benefits from the federal government than they pay in taxes. This is because a smaller percentage of the people in the Red States pay federal income tax because of the low wages.

In general a couple making around $30,000 a year or less will not pay federal income tax.

Although a Red State is good for the one per cent, it is not for the middle class. 


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