Walker: Think of the Children and Elderly
Logan T. Carlson
lcarl555@uwsp.edu
Think of the children that the Democrats and unions are going to be hurting with the frivolous recall election, was the argument from Governor Scott Walker as he appeared on Morning Joe Monday morning. Apparently Walker is concerned that the $9 million that is being spent on the recall is going to hurt children and seniors.
 
“Well, we’re focused,” Walker said, “but it’s a huge distraction, not just for me, for the legislature. I mean it’s $9 million of taxpayers’ money just to run this. Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with the $9 million that we didn’t have to waste on this – this frivolous recall election.
 
“But really, I mean, in the end, I think it’s amazing, after a year of being attacked by out of state special interests, the tens of millions of dollars that were poured in, the fact that we’re ahead of any of the Democrats in the race I think bodes well for the election,” Walker said.
 
Walker is seemingly making the case that the $9 million that is going to be needed to run the recall election against him, and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleifisch, in order to drum up some sympathy from voters. Except the $9 million is a drop in the bucket compared to what Walker’s budget did to both children and seniors.
 
The biennial budget that was signed into law last summer cut $834 million dollars from K-12 education, resulting in the largest cut to education in the nation on a per student basis.
 
Think of the children, Scott Walker.
 
That same budget also contained tax increases on seniors and the working poor when it cut the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Homestead Tax Credit. Together, both of those programs raised taxes $70 million on those who could least afford it.
 
The SeniorCare program, designed to help seniors with the costs of prescription drugs, saw $20 million of its funds raided by Walker and Republicans in the state legislature.
 
Think of the elderly, Scott Walker.
 
In addition to the higher taxes imposed on them with the reduction of the EITC, Walker cut $554 million from Medicaid spending. This also resulted in a loss of matching funds from the federal government, meaning over $1 billion was cut from health care for low-income workers.
 
Think of those who cannot donate a quarter of a million dollars to your campaign, Scott Walker.
 
When Walker complained of “out of state special interests” he was trying to insinuate that it wasn’t a grassroots effort within the state that was actively working to oust him from office, but the real “out of state special interests” he should have been talking about were those donating to his campaign.
 
In 2011, and January 2012, Walker raised $12.1 million, the most ever by a candidate for governor in state history. “Between Jan. 13 and Jan. 17 alone, Walker brought in $1 million from four out-of-state donors, including $250,000 from billionaire Texas home builder Bob Perry. The governor now has received $500,000 from Perry,” stated an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
 
Perry funded the Swift Boat ads that attacked Senator John Kerry’s service in Vietnam.
 
“Walker also received $250,000 from David Humphreys of Tamko Building Products in Joplin, Mo., another $250,000 from Sarah Atkins of Tamko, and $250,000 from Stanley Herzog of Herzog Contracting, also of Missouri.
 
Walker talks about outside interest “meddling” in our state politics; he’s ignoring the fact that he is receiving vast campaign contributions he himself is receiving.
 
Scott Walker can talk all he wants about the recall being a “distraction,” but maybe he would be less distracted if he weren’t at the center of an investigation into illegal campaign activities in his office while he was the Milwaukee County Executive.