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    Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Sometimes the best insight into American politics comes from across the pond.

    Scott Walker's real agenda in Wisconsin | Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    This is excellent and a perfect preview to the nightmare unfolding right before our eyes without benefit of the narcotic of deep REM sleep.

    a taste of the article to whet your appetites


    A peek into Governor Walker's so-called "budget repair bill" reveals a shop of horrors that is just the opposite of actually repairing the budget. Among the items listed in the bill until Wednesday night were selloffs of state power generation facilities – in no-bid contracts notoriously prone to insider dealing. The 37 facilities he wants to sell off that produce heating and cooling at low cost to the state's universities and prisons. Walker's budget repair bill would have unloaded them at a low price, presumably to campaign contributors such as Koch Industries – and then stick the bill for producing this power at higher rates to Wisconsin taxpayers in perpetuity. (And this is all being sold as a "taxpayer relief" plan!) Invariably, this will make its way into new legislation once attention is diverted from the current controversy.
    The budget bill also plans to tear down the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). This is not New Jersey, where a succession of corrupt governments have underfunded (read: stolen) the state pension system in order to shift resources to pay for budget shortfalls in general revenues caused by tax breaks for the rich. The WRS is one of the nation's most stable, well-funded and best-managed pension systems. Although Wisconsin is not a big state, the WRS has amassed $75bn in reserves, and pays out handsome pensions to its public retirees, without needing new public subsidy. The Walker bill has language providing for tearing down this system, raiding its assets to pay for further tax cuts for the rich (especially property owners), and then throwing Wall Street a meaty bone as public employees would be shifted to 401k plans handled by money managers on commission.

    In a separate proposal, Governor Walker would start privatising the University of Wisconsin's two flagship doctorate-granting campuses. Ironically, the land grant universities – of which Wisconsin has long been among the best – were created by protectionist 19th-century Republicans as an alternative approach to British free-market doctrine, which dominated the prestigious and largely anglophile Ivy League universities. These universities, like their German counterparts, taught a new economic policy of state management and public enterprise that formed the basis for subsequent US and German development. Walker would kill off this tradition, and return intellectual production to the highest bidder. Other proposals suggest selling off Wisconsin's public northwoods lands with their cornucopia of mineral and timber wealth. And much more is said to be in the works.
    An alliance between right wing conservative government and wealthy corporate interests produced by quashing the rights of people opposed to such a move. Now what was that movement called again?
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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Welcome to reality, the Union sham has been exposed for what it has been for decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amazed View Post
    Welcome to reality, the Union sham has been exposed for what it has been for decades.
    It would be considered as a furtherance of the topic if you actually spoke about the article instead of the same old propaganda that appears in 375 other threads.

    But thanks just the same.

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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Lets see-one author was an advisor to Dennis Kuchnich and the other is an associate professor at a state school in wisconsin. Not exactly objective viewpoints. Lots of presumptions and assumptions in that opinion piece

    presumably to campaign contributors


    it is the middle class that is being euthanised – throughout North America and Europe.


    And much more is said to be in the works.

    In other words propaganda
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    Lets see-one author was an advisor to Dennis Kuchnich and the other is an associate professor at a state school in wisconsin. Not exactly objective viewpoints. Lots of presumptions and assumptions in that opinion piece

    presumably to campaign contributors


    it is the middle class that is being euthanised – throughout North America and Europe.


    And much more is said to be in the works.

    In other words propaganda
    Other than attacking the authors because they do not worship at the same ideological altar you do or work in the same profession as you do, do you have anything relevant to say about the issues they raise and the points they make?

    yes - I know - silly question but one that needs to be asked regardless.
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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Other than attacking the authors because they do not worship at the same ideological altar you do or work in the same profession as you do, do you have anything relevant to say about the issues they raise and the points they make?

    yes - I know - silly question but one that needs to be asked regardless.

    citing an OPINION piece written by two left wing hacks based on supposition and assumptions is really useful
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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    citing an OPINION piece written by two left wing hacks based on supposition and assumptions is really useful
    I think if you take off the blinders and put aside your political affiliations it has to be apparent that the middle class is being pushed out, just the increase in the gap between the rich and the poor should be alarming enough to make you take notice and start asking why

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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Sometimes the best insight into American politics comes from across the pond.

    Scott Walker's real agenda in Wisconsin | Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    This is excellent and a perfect preview to the nightmare unfolding right before our eyes without benefit of the narcotic of deep REM sleep.

    a taste of the article to whet your appetites




    An alliance between right wing conservative government and wealthy corporate interests produced by quashing the rights of people opposed to such a move. Now what was that movement called again?
    If true, it's stuff like this that further cement the idea in the mind of regular people that Republicans are more for big business than they are about doing the people's business. I suspect that if what the OP outlines is true, Gov. Walker will certainly spin this as the state getting rid of state property that's become a drain to the taxpayers and, as such, the state can no longer afford to pay for their upkeep and such, but if your state is selling off public uitilities to private entities - entities his tapped phone conversation with a bogus Koch brother made clear that the real Koch Brothers are in the Governor's hip pocket - the residents of Wisconsin should ride this man out on a rail.

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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by EarlzP View Post
    I think if you take off the blinders and put aside your political affiliations it has to be apparent that the middle class is being pushed out, just the increase in the gap between the rich and the poor should be alarming enough to make you take notice and start asking why
    The reasons "Why" are obvious: wealth and power.

    Stomp out those entities that help the working class or the opposition party from gaining any financial support for their cause and the side that halts the bargaining power and/or the voice of the oppressed gain power unto themselves. It's very obvious what's happening in most states that are trying to either limit the power of unions or destroy them altogehter. The GOP will frame this as "reducing spending" and "getting state budgets under control", but it's really about reigning in power unto themselves.

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    Re: Scott Walker's real Agenda In Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by EarlzP View Post
    I think if you take off the blinders and put aside your political affiliations it has to be apparent that the middle class is being pushed out, just the increase in the gap between the rich and the poor should be alarming enough to make you take notice and start asking why
    I know why

    1) globalization makes American "middle class jobs" too expensive to compete

    2) education--those who don't have it cannot compete with those who have it

    3) lots of americans engage in life choices that prevent them from getting the necessary education

    4) the breeding rates of those unable to compete tend to be much higher than those who do

    5) we have made losing too comfortable in the United States and the darwinian forces that motivated many to compete have been decreased.

    6) the democratic party needs lots of people in the underclass to both justify their income redistribution programs (that tend to enrich dem politicians) and to supply them votes. the dems have had control of congress for most of the 50 years following the New Deal and thus cemented into our society the programs that create and maintain this underclass
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