Are You Sure You Want This to Be Your Moment, Scott Walker?
pic credit: me, appreciating the stomping grounds of my youth
(October, 2010, road trip from SF to DC)
Disclaimer: I support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's mission but I do not support the way in which he implemented it, as you cannot simply rip away the crack without some kind of system in place to replace it. Look around, people, it's ugly out there. People are pissed. I'm not saying they should continue to get handouts nor am I saying this wasn't needed, I'm just saying he should have snuck it in the backdoor instead of jamming it in without nary a drop of warning.
In case you guys haven't noticed, madness has set in around the country and all the tranquilizer darts in the world couldn't save us now. Talk about bad timing.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose efforts to curtail the rights of public-employee unions have thrust him into the national spotlight, is pushing other new Republican governors to follow his lead.
He said he communicates regularly with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and has spoken with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. And Walker has suggested that his counterparts in Michigan and Florida seek to address their budget problems in part by demanding major concessions from public workers.
"There's a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big," Walker said this week. "This is our moment."
Funny, Walker also happened to say "this is our moment" to a certain blogger cum fake Koch brother in the prank call heard 'round the world:
Walker: [blah about his press conferences, attacking Obama, and all the great press he's getting.] Brian [Sadoval], the new Governor of Nevada, called me the last night he said—he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends and he was kidding me, he said, “Scott, don’t come to Nevada because I’d be afraid you beat me running for governor.” That’s all they want to talk about is what are you doing to help the governor of Wisconsin. I talk to Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Vic Scott in Florida. I think, uh, Snyder—if he got a little more support—probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.
Koch: You’re the first domino.
Walker: Yep. This is our moment.
As of the writing of this post, Buffalo Beast was still presumably breaking under the weight of increased traffic. But the audio and transcript of the call can be found here. As can this very astute observation, which all of us should keep in mind in times like this:
So there you have it, kids. Government isn’t for the people. It’s for the people with money. You want to be heard? Too fucking bad. You want to collectively bargain? You can’t afford a seat at the table. You may have built that table. But it’s not yours. It belongs to the Kochs and the oligarch class. It’s guarded by Republicans like Walker, and his Democratic counterparts across that ever-narrowing aisle that is corporate rule, so that the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots can swallow all the power in the world. These are known knowns, and now we just know them a little more.
But money isn’t always power. The protesters in Cairo and Madison have taught us this—reminded us of this. They can’t buy a muzzle big enough to silence us all. Share the news. Do not retreat; ReTweet.
The revolution keeps spinning. Try not to get too dizzy.
It would be really easy to turn this into the evil Republican governor against the common American worker but let's get a few facts straight: Scott Walker is not a regular Republican governor, he's high on power and desperate to fix what he perceives as a broken system by any means necessary while getting some good press coverage in the process. Public sector unions are not representative of the American worker, they are political machines that pick the candidates that are going to treat them most favorably during their terms (and that usually works out to be Democrats but that's coincidental based on Democrats' tendency to favor big fat government, nothing personal). Are we sensing a pattern here yet, people?
In reality, Scott Walker and the unions he is battling in Wisconsin right now are not that different. Everyone wants the power and no one has the self control to say no.
A frequent argument I'm hearing from the left is that the fight in Wisconsin is over who gets to keep the capital, "The Man" or "The People." First of all, the people are trying to stage a fight against the people so let's think about that first and foremost but secondly, we ALL need to stop and realize that THE CAPITAL IS GONE. That's right. We've been robbed. Fleeced. Punked. And while the thieves have long since slipped through the backdoor and stashed the loot in Fed reserve accounts and European vaults, here we are bitchfighting amongst ourselves over the scraps.
The longer we drag this out, the more time they have to safely tuck away their bounty.
Just remember that next time you want to yell at a Republican or bitch out a Democrat. The unions didn't rob you. Scott Walker didn't rob you.
Are you fucking people listening yet or do I have to keep yelling? Because I will, I have nothing else scheduled.