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It’s getting old. Scott Walker is either breaking the law or lying as usual. Shall we flip a coin?
Nothing to see here if you’ve been watching Scott Walker closely. But in case you haven’t, I thought you’d like to know: Scott Walker is Wisconsin’s first sitting governor to set up a legal defense fund.
He says there’s nothing to see here folks because he’s not charged.
See the thing is, he can only create that defense fund legally if he IS charged for something.
Scott Walker said on March 10th, “I have today formed a legal fund to pay for the expenses incurred in cooperating with the inquiry” - the inquiry being a John Doe investigation that has been in process for over 2 years and has resulted in 15 felony charges against six former staff members who worked with Walker during his stint as a Milwaukee County Executive.-source
Walker’s spokesperson Ciara Matthews said “We reiterate that Gov. Walker has been told that he is not a target of this investigation,” -source
OK. So he’s breaking the law to create the fund? From a not-terribly-liberal news source :
Sheboygan Press “Wisconsin statutes forbid state government officials from seeking or obtaining contributions to a so-called defense fund to pay personal legal expenses, except for the transfer of campaign contributions to a defense fund for limited reasons allowed under the state’s campaign finance laws.
That exception is for government officials being investigated for or charged with a violation of either campaign finance laws or prohibited elections practices.”“
Courting a mine company makes perfect sense with Walker’s “Open for Business (at all costs)” signs and his privatizing agenda.
Mines came with company stores back in the day. The miners were paid in a special currency that could only be used to buy inflated products at the company store which was also owned by the mine. Walker wants to turn Wisconsin into a company store. Well that’s where this whole thing leads to. Allow me to explain.
If Wisconsin government services can be handed over to corporations for privatization then the consolidation of ownership and distribution can spread unfettered. What is to stop it once you’ve killed the unions and in so doing weakened the Democratic Party? Instead of local boards running things - - such as MATC’s board in Milwaukee which is drawn from School Board presidents that are elected - - “job creators” can be installed as Grothman and his ilk planned and will carry out slowly. As this privatization continues to public K-12 in the form of charter schools that are ruled by a state agency appointed by the governor [one of his plans that would’ve gone through if not for 1 senator’s vote], couldn’t it eventually go on to privatized water services, and to privatized roads, etc. over time the citizens could ultimately be finding themselves buying all essential goods from the people that both privatized their state and serve on their boards and got elected from the level of city to tech school to state government with their ever-increasing stores of profit (there is already very little campaign finance regulation and it just got looser in Wisconsin). As you start consolidating power, control, and ownership, you can start to inflate all prices. You don’t even have to print out a special currency anymore to wind up owning a “company store”.
If we don’t push Walker and his privateering crew out we won’t be led by the Tea Party. We’ll be owned by them.
"Miners were paid by scrip, in the form of tokens, currency, or credit, which could be used only at the company store. Therefore, even when wages were increased, coal companies simply increased prices at the company store to balance what they lost in pay." from WVculture