Wisconsin is a state that drifts gently back and forth between a slight Republican and a slight Democratic majority. A recent drift to Republican resulted in the election of Scott Walker as Governor (and the ouster of the fantastic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold - seriously, read up about this guy!). Within a month of taking office, Gov. Walker cut taxes for businesses while stripping most government employees of their collective bargaining rights and reducing employer contributions to their benefits. Public school teachers were vilified as overpaid and lazy. Cops and firefighters were spared the cuts because Walker didn’t want to jeopardize public safety… more likely his own safety after angry citizens would likely try to burn down the Governor’s Mansion. Funny thing happened though: the cops and firefighters and most everybody else who knows anything about the history of workers’ rights stood by the teachers and signed a petition to hold a special election to get Governor Walker recalled.
Well, that election is approaching and the above chart shows campaign donations to each candidate. The huge red circle is Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The dark red majority of his pie is from OUT-OF-STATE DONORS. The smaller, blue circles are his Democratic opponents. Oh, and the circles are to scale. (For an article with more detailed numbers but without the apocalyptic anger I’m feeling, click here.)
So why is Scott Walker getting so much money from the extremely wealthy? And why are the extremely wealthy from outside Wisconsin so concerned with Wisconsin’s Governor? Because the extremely wealthy know that if they can dupe the moderate and educated (that is, educated until the teachers make minimum wage) state of Wisconsin on the righteousness of their greed, they can do it everywhere. It’s Trickle-Down Economics without the bogus promise of a trickle-down.
Please, please, please don’t let this happen. It’s such a brazen power grab that I can’t even believe they’re attempting it. If you know anybody in Wisconsin, please make sure they vote to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
(And though I doubt there are any Christian Conservatives reading this, know that the wealthy are using your faith to feed their financial agenda.)