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06 May 2012

FollowUp 28: Wisconsin Republican Dirty Tricks

A letter from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:

Dear Conservative,
Obviously, he doesn't know to whom he is writing.
As the duly elected Governor of Wisconsin I have been steadfast in my beliefs that limited government and fiscal responsibility should be the cornerstone of putting my state back on the road to prosperity.
Mr. Walker was "duly elected" and he may really believe that he has been working toward "limited government and fiscal responsibility".  His actions indicate otherwise.
I am facing a recall by the big-government public employee unions and their minions who are threatened by the voters actually being in charge of where their tax dollars are being spent.
If "their minions" includes over half of the state who dislike being lied to, having their rights limited, and being on the losing end of the GOP "war on women", then this is still wrong because those minions are the voters.
In November of 2010, the majority of Wisconsin voters resoundingly said enough-is-enough to the status quo and put me in charge of a state that had been beholden to big government special interests with a tax-and-spend mentality that created a $3.6 billion deficit.
No.  Former Governor Jim Doyle did not leave office with a huge debt.  The debt was caused by huge tax breaks that happened under Governor Walker.  I covered a few of the details in FollowUp 13 and FollowUp 25.
In less than a year we were able to eliminate this deficit and provide the freedom of choice for public employees . Our reforms are allowing them to decide if they would like to spend more than a thousand dollars a year in union dues or keep their money. We put a stop to the unions’ railroading of the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars.
See my links, just above, to look at the redistribution of wealth in Wisconsin under Governor Walker.  Unions were not "railroading" tax dollars.  That is absurd.  I covered a great deal of what really happened, including the courts overturning part of Mr. Walker's attacks on unions, in FollowUp 19.
What we need now is your help in telling the unions we do not want another tax-and-spend liberal at the reins of power in Wisconsin. You can do this by contributing $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford by clicking here .
Sorry, I have disabled that link.  Mr. Walker seems to be getting plenty of money from out of state without my helping him.
I have been a man of my word to the voters of this state and have always led by putting the interests of Wisconsin taxpayers first. 
No.  Mr. Walker is a liar.  He has put corporations first, not taxpayers.
Since taking office, I have eliminated a bureaucratic and bloated budget mess left by the previous administration without raising taxes or laying off state workers . Thousands of Wisconsinites are back on the job, and statewide property taxes have decreased for the first time in years. Stand with me today with a generous contribution of $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford .
Really?  Let's see how unemployment looks when compared with neighboring states.

Graphic from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
It looks like Wisconsin is doing slightly better than Illinois and Michigan and not as well as Iowa and Minnesota.  Wisconsin is not doing horribly, but Mr. Walker's brag seems a bit shallow.
The people of Wisconsin deserve to see the bold and courageous choices I have made come to fruition. It is time to stop these out-of-state special interests in their tracks and let them know that our conservative values will not be taken lightly .
The choices made by Mr. Walker were certainly bold.  In fact, they had little to do with his campaign promises.  The out of state special interests are favoring Mr. Walker, not opposing him.  He has the biggest money.  Two days ago, Time Magazine did a story on Mr. Walker's fundraising windfall.  "Since mid-January, Walker’s campaign has raked in more than $13 million, according to financial disclosure statements released this week. During that time, two-thirds of his cash came from outside the Badger State."
With your help, I will be the first Governor of Wisconsin elected twice in my first term.
Thank you for your support,
Scott Walker
Too many lies.  It is my hope that Wisconsin's Democrats come together after the primary on Tuesday and turn out their voters in June.

16 November 2011, Original Pedantic Political Ponderings post.
30 November 2011, FollowUp 1.
4 December 2011, FollowUp 2.
11 December 2011, FollowUp 3.
14 December 2011, FollowUp 4.
15 December 2011, FollowUp 5.
30 December 2011, FollowUp 6.
13 January 2012, FollowUp 7.
17 January 2012, FollowUp 8.
25 January 2012, FollowUp 9.
2 February 2012, FollowUp 10.
9 February 2012, FollowUp 11.
12 February 2012, FollowUp 12.
18 February 2012, FollowUp 13.
22 February 2012, FollowUp 14.
6 March 2012, FollowUp 15.
12 March 2012, FollowUp 16.
16 March 2012, FollowUp 17.
30 March 2012, FollowUp 18.
31 March 2012, FollowUp 19.
3 April 2012, FollowUp 20.
4 April 2012, FollowUp 21.
11 April 2012, FollowUp 22.
14 April 2012, FollowUp 23.
17 April 2012, FollowUp 24.
21 April 2012, FollowUp 25.
29 April 2012, FollowUp 26.
2 May 2012, FollowUp 27.

10 May 2012, FollowUp 29.
13 May 2012, FollowUp 30.
23 May 2012, FollowUp 31.
24 May 2012, FollowUp 32.
30 May 2012, FollowUp 33.
2 June 2012, FollowUp 34.
4 June 2012, FollowUp 35.
5 June 2012, FollowUp 36.

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