Sunday, June 3, 2012

Why I'm Voting to Recall Walker

These are my main reasons for voting to recall Governor Walker:

 1. He is destroying Wisconsin's economy. The claims of a surplus are bogus. He has pulled a significant amount of money away from Wisconsin consumers and given it to out-of-state corporate interests. That is why Wisconsin's job market is now doing worse than the rest of the nation. The kool-aid drinkers who believe in supply side economics (rightly called "voodoo economics" by George H.W. Bush back in 1980) refuse to believe this. The media's practice for the last three decades of treating all debates as mere policy disagreements with both sides having equal validity has raised a generation of Americans who are completely ignorant of how our economy actually works. Supply-side economics is bullshit. Demand-side economics is reality.

 2. He pulled an enormous bait-and-switch by campaigning on economic issues and instead pushing through union-busting, voter-suppression, incumbent-protection, and right-wing social engineering. Anyone who trusts a word he says is a fool.

3. He is every bit as corrupt as Chuck Chvala and Scott Jensen and the rest of the caucus criminals, as evidenced by the charges (and first batch of convictions) among his Milwaukee County aides. Judging by his administration's stonewalling of open records requests, Walker will use his criminal defense fund to delay justice as long as possible, much like Scooter Jensen did.

 4. He doesn't give a damn if Wisconsinites have safe water to drink. I challenge Walker appointee Cathy Stepp to drink a nice tall glass of Jefferson County well water from the neighborhood near Herr Environmental. There are a great many other reasons, but those are the big ones for me.


Tim Morrissey said...

Well said. Particularly the part about how the media treat serious issues as if they were merely policy disagreements. My favorite paradigm: Michele Bachmann says the earth is flat; media headline= "opinions differ on shape of Earth."

James Greenlee said...

Tim, I'm going to steal that. Jill, I'm sorry that the GOP ran the table. I frankly don't get it. I know the money was hugely against the Dems, but I thought it would be closer.

Ordinary Jill said...

Thanks for the sympathy. I more or less expected the Republican victory, based on the polls, but I wasn't about to give up before it was over.

I may end up leaving Wisconsin. A majority of the voting public apparently wants to live in Alabama North, but I don't.

Deekaman said...

Good. Leave. We need the prosperity.

BTW, thanks for publishing my last comment. I realize you folks want to hear all sides. Of course, I also know you are shocked to see there is another side.

Dan said...

Well, come to Las Vegas, Jill, where even the Democrats are conservative.
But if you leave Wisconsin because of Walker winning, then you are as much a loser as Barrett. It's pretty pathetic that would you just give up instead of fighting in what you believe in.

Ordinary Jill said...

Dan, I'm talking about long-term plans based on long-term economic and policy trends. I've seen what life is like in southern states where the Grover Norquist mindset rules -- crappy education, poor access to healthcare for much of the population, no social safety net to speak of and a high rate of poverty. The quality of life there sucks. I thought the last year might be a wake-up call for the people of this state, but most of them are still drinking Grover Norquist's kool-aid. I'm afraid Wisconsin will continue on its downhill slide. Nevada is not on my list of places to live, as much as I enjoy the occasional visit. After several days in the desert, I get nosebleeds.

sofa said...

And will you leave America when the Kenyan loses in Nov?

Ordinary Jill said...

I'm not aware of any Kenyan running in November, sofa.

sofa said...

"I'm not aware..."