How Wisconsin goes, there goes the Democratic Party. Next Tuesday will be the recall election for Governor Scott Walker. His war on the middle class and union rights is what the Republicans are all about. He wants to outsource government and bring back crony capitalism. Yet the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to get it. They have been late to the party while the Republicans around the country have been pooring in millions. As McClatchy News pointed out, “His campaign is fueled largely by out-of-state money. He’s collected $13.87 million in individual contributions from out-of-state sources, and $9.18 million from in-state backers. Barrett, who started later, has collected $102,998 from out-of-state individuals and $712,551 from in-state contributors, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan group.”
President Obama (through spokespersons) does not see this as his fight. Translate that to its too risky if they fail. But sooner or later you have to stand for something and this fight in Wisconsin is what Democrats should be all about. If President Obama thinks he can run on his record, he is a fool. He has to draw a line and not only show how he is different, but what he would really do different. He has to show he is fighting for the working man and Wisconsin is ground zero. But I will grant them it is politically risky but, then leadership always is. But conservatives get it: “’Conservatives around the country see Walker as a symbol of the kind of change they want,’ said Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School poll.”
Meanwhile Wisconsin seems to show us what the nation as a whole is thinking about and why Republicans still have a fighting chance to win both there and nationally, and it all goes in the category of denial and small minds. Here are a couple of quotes from McClatchy News:
“Carey Peck, who just graduated with a master’s degree and is unable to find a job, offered a typical lament ‘I don’t agree with the recall. It should be reserved for someone who’s committed big offenses,’ he said at a coffee shop in this Milwaukee suburb. “I don’t agree with what Walker has done, but I don’t think he’s done anything to warrant a recall.”
Gee Carey, the fact that he has wiped out union rights in an attempt to squash an organized resistance to the Republican Party, none of which he ran on, is not a reason to remove him? You elected him to create jobs and with outside Republican money he has been on a roll to destroy government employment and by the way, pay for his tax cuts to the wealthy with these cuts which is a gross transfer wealth and nothing warrants a recall? You live on a different planet than I do.
McClatchy’s article noted that: ”Walker’s approach resonates in Milwaukee’s suburbs. Cutting government spending, people say, motivates people to seek jobs and prods employers to hire.” Of course none of the data shows this. If people don’t have money to spend, there are no jobs or “prods” for employer hiring. But there is something else going on here besides a gross misunderstanding of the problem:
“’I just believe in everything Walker is doing. I’m tired of people getting away with doing nothing,’ said a vehement Nancy Walker – no relation – a crafts worker from Hartford. ‘I worked three jobs, raised my children, paid my own health insurance and I don’t agree with people who say you owe it to me to help me.’”
In essence, people are poor because they are lazy. People don’t deserve health care as a right, and the only thing wrong with the economy is these leeches on our system. Except the data doesn’t show that, where there are five applicants for every job and affordable health care will no longer be affordable for the Nancy Walkers of the world if the Scott Walkers get their way. Oh and Nancy, see what Scott Walker’s version of austerity is doing for Europe.
So you can see what we are up against and why this fight in Wisconsin is so important. But our President only sees it as a political liability instead of ground zero where we must draw a line. Is this a great country or what?
Postscript: You know if the Republicans win and get their way, it will interesting to see how they blame the disaster they create on the Democrats. What I really can’t fathom is how they can assume that they will continue to bury the middle class and assume there will be anyone around to buy what they produce. Just look to Europe to see what real austerity will get you. We can’t seem to remember the last eight years under the Republicans and those “two wars, Abu Ghraib, torture chambers, Hurricane Katrina, the worst terrorist attack in American history and the biggest economic meltdown since October 1929. The good old days. How I miss them.”