Monday, February 20, 2012

What Has Scott Walker Done for Wisconsin?

Walker says he balanced the budget, but he hasn't.

Walker says he created thousands of jobs, but he hasn't.

Since taking office as Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker has had very little to brag about. He'll brag to his rich corporate donors that he crippled the rights of workers in Wisconsin, but the two other accomplishments he touts are myths.

What has Walker done for Wisconsin? He didn't balance the budget or create thousands of jobs. He walked Wisconsin back 50 years and then gave it to his corporate donors and their allies.

He's made the poor and middle-class pay for tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. He's drastically cut education funding from K-12 to our highly respected UW System.  He's held Wisconsin back on innovative projects such as high-speed rail and wind energy for ideological reasons. He's pushed tens of thousands of jobs away. He's exacerbated our government's increasing use of foreign energy. He's made our kids work more hours while in school. He's increased taxpayer funding of private schools such as religious schools (think Scientology, Islam or any religion you might not support). He's increased many people's property taxes by reducing state aid to local communities. He's cut health care for seniors and the poor, and he's looking to make further cuts.

All of these and far more are nicely outlined with sources in Losses to Working Families Under Governor Walker.

Wisconsin is quickly falling behind, because Walker wants to fight his ideological battles.

Instead of getting Wisconsin on track for the future by working to find the best solutions to our most critical problems, educating our workforce, and enticing high-tech and biotech companies to start in or come to Wisconsin, Walker has done a few other things that are anti-Wisconsin.
  • Made it more difficult to vote requiring more time and taxpayer funds and producing longer lines - injuncted
  • Concealed carry - opposed by 60%
    • For those in support, why do you need to conceal your weapon if you're using it for protection?

The lies about the budget and jobs aren't Walker's only lies. Last year, he tried convincing us that we could save money by stripping collective bargaining rights from our public workers. A month later, Walker admitted under oath to Congress that "it doesn't save any." He also said that he campaigned on stripping those rights, but video has now surfaced of Walker saying, a week before the election, he would negotiate with unions using collective bargaining. And that's just some of the major lies, PolitiFact found a lot more with even more under Pants on Fire!.

So, what has Scott Walker actually done to improve your life?

Update: (5/31/2012) For more recent actions, read What Has Scott Walker Done for Wisconsin Lately?


  1. "Concealed carry - opposed by 60%
    For those in support, why do you need to conceal your weapon if you're using it for protection?"

    For the same reason I keep a condom in my wallet instead of displaying it out in the open for all to see. It's for protection, not show.

    1. Finally, someone has answered that question. Thank you very much!

      Your comparison to condoms is flawed, however. You keep a condom in your wallet, because it's easiest to carry there and make sure you always have one.

      It, however, is not easy to carry a gun in your wallet, or even your pocket. Also, displaying a condom for all to see doesn't increase your protection, but displaying a gun does. Who's going to mess with you if they know you're carrying a gun. If you appear just like everyone else, it's as if you're waiting for someone to mess with you and then whip out your gun.

      It's one thing to get in a fist fight. It's a completely different thing to get in a fist fight with someone who now intends to use their once hidden gun to defend themselves, especially when most fist fights don't end in anywhere near close to death.

      I guarantee that fist fight doesn't happen if they see your gun first.

      If you're using it for protection, what's the sense in hiding it? Don't hide it, and you'll have a better shot at never having to use it.

      Where in Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee, is it even plausible to always need to carry a gun around for protection anyway? Do you really feel safer now that people are running around hiding weapons they have every intention of using if brought to it?

    2. Doesn't concealing a weapon make it more difficult to use, if that time were to come?

      There just isn't any logical argument for not respectfully letting others know that you are currently carrying a lethal weapon.

  2. if your not a criminal why would you care if someone has a gun or not. Why do you feel you need to know if someone has a gun or not. Cops have guns exposed yet people still fight with them. If your a criminal and you have to worry that someone you want to mug or rape or somehow harm them, the thougt that they may be packing will deter most. But I do agree concealing them can make them harder to use but if you are concealing and trying to protect yourself you better be prepared to use it.

  3. I care if someone has a gun or not, because that increases my chance of being injured or killed. Just the fact that a lethal weapon is in my vicinity increases the chances of being injured or killed.

    I don't have to do anything to be a victim of a shooting. I just have to be within gunshot.

    People rarely fight cops, and if they do, it's because the cops are doing something to the person I doubt you would do. The point is that a criminal is much less likely to attack you if you have your weapon in full view than if not. So, concealing a weapon has the opposite effect of protecting oneself, and the question becomes why do you want to conceal your weapon if you're not a criminal?

  4. Scott Walker remembers creating jobs as assemblyman in Wisconsin . It was easy with ALEC. 32000 UNION public sector jobs. It is not as easy this time with out using your tax dollars. Scott Walker has created ALL Wisconsin`s budget problems working for ALEC. In 1997 Walker and Prosser as state assemblymen championed for ALEC with truth in sentencing telling the legislatures it would not cost a dime it was to give judges not parole boards the control over sentencing. Then Walker filibustered to stop sentencing changes after the fact misleading ALL the legislatures. With out the sentencing changes Wisconsin`s prisons quadrupled over night. Most people sentenced to 2 years now had to serve as much as 6o years. As the Wisconsin Budget watch Blog shows . Stopping just a percentage of these long sentences Wisconsin would save 707 million per year. Wisconsin could have free tuition colleges. It shows Wisconsin has wasted 200 billion if you add the numbers to the state budget since 1997. Not including the building new or remodeling of 71 courthouses & 71 county jails & 273 police stations and dozens of prisons 28 billion plus interest. The total is over 70 BILLION plus the 100 Billion spent by social services to support prisoners families because the bread winner was a political prisoner as US Att gen Eric Holder explained. Then farming out prisoners in several states until the courts realized it was not allowed in the Wisconsin constitution. Wisconsin then hired 32000 union public sector workers to fill the jobs housing the prisoners from deputies , judges, district attorneys all owe Walker for creating there jobs. 32000 UNION PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS. This cost taxpayers over 3.8 billion or a half million per day to house these EXTRA prisoners per day in Milwaukee county alone. Wisconsin claims it has 24,000 prisoners compared to Minnesota`s 5500. Wisconsin`s corrections population is 104,000 with over 28,000 prisons in Milwaukee county alone . In 1995 Milwakee county had less than 1000 prisoners . Is Scott Walker moving Wisconsin forward ? This your reason for budget problems in Wisconsin. Big spender big government Scott Walker. Why does he not work for the people he is taking his check from the people ?
    Wisconsin Budget watch blog has a great article on this.
    392 NUNS signed Walkers recall petitions for reason. They are True Christians.