UPDATE : Former Scott Jensen Communications Director Steve Baas leads “Chicagoland” Free Trade project for Wisconsin

The July 25 Badger Democracy blog  revealed the Walker Administration’s participation in a regional study by the “free-trade,” “trade union reform” multi-national Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Badger Democracy has learned the Southeastern Wisconsin Coordinator for the study is Steve Baas – lobbyist for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, and former Communications Director and Defense Witness for Scott Jensen, former Republican Assembly Speaker.

The alliance of the MMAC and Baas should serve as a warning and confirmation as to the agenda of this “study.” The OECD has an International record of bi-lateral, free-trade zone support, anti-union and labor policies in nations from Chile, to India, and Russia.  The MMAC, through its lobbying efforts, has supported every anti-labor, privatizing piece of legislation forwarded by the GOP – including the expansion of Charter Schools, Act 10, Corporate Tax Welfare, “Enterprise Zone” creation, and preemption of Milwaukee sick leave ordinances. In the first 6 months of this session alone, MMAC has spent nearly $20,000 on lobbying efforts.  Baas himself is on record in editorial writings  promoting Scott Walker’s agenda – citing many of the same flawed statistics that have since been debunked. Baas even appeared as a presenter at an Americans for Prosperity conference in 2008 on Health care reform with then-County Executive Scott Walker.  In 2006, Baas testified for Scott Jensen, taking the blame for Jensen’s staff conduct, and claiming Jensen knew nothing of their conduct during the Caucus Scandal investigation.

Steve Baas is coordinating the study in Southeastern Wisconsin on behalf of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the OECD – all of whom have at the heart of their agenda the expansion of bi-lateral, free trade zones and reduction of labor collective bargaining rights. The local media’s irresponsibility  in not recognizing the global nature of this struggle for middle class survival is unforgivable. This “study” receives no space on the MMAC website, no media coverage, and zero information (as usual) out of the Governor’s Office – and for good reason. If Scott Walker and his ilk continue to receive carte blanche, the Multi-National Corporatist movement will be able to continue these underground, “under-the-radar” actions that will be the end of a working middle class in Wisconsin and America. Working Wisconsinites need to tell Scott Walker and the GOP during the recalls that they are aware of his “shadow-style” governmental dealings with these organizations, where voters have zero representation, and no voice to be heard. The Global Free-Tradists are coming for you, people of Wisconsin – this is your warning.

Badger Democracy will continue to update as more information is available.

3 thoughts on “UPDATE : Former Scott Jensen Communications Director Steve Baas leads “Chicagoland” Free Trade project for Wisconsin

  1. Oh for Pete’s sake, take a Xanax. The public unions have suppressed the votes of the tax payer more than any other organization in history.
    Public unions have created the tenure system for teachers that protects lousy teachers, at the detriment of our children’s education, while mandated dues flow into big union coffers and are funneled into the campaign funds of Democrat politicians, who in turn keep the unions fat and happy by approving ridiculously bloated contracts, without regard for the tax payer, or quality in education that is affordable for our state.
    The WEAC, or public union money laundering operation, employs a system which, in the name of “collective bargaining”, rips off the tax payer as it guarantees free health insurance for teachers, (until Walker put a stop to this criminal activity), and is but one glaring example of the inevitible corruption of any poltical system wherever and whenever public unions are established.

    It seems the insurance company that provided all the “so-called” benefits to the teachers was an insurance company owned and operated by the teacher’s union. Since the outfit was guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers, and the State had to pay for it (not the teachers) the insurance company was increasing annual costs every single year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state of Wisconsin. Then the company, WEA, was donating millions and millions of dollars to its favorite democrat politicians who, when they got elected, guaranteed to keep funding the union’s outrageous costs. In other words, the insurance company was a “pass through” for Wisconsin taxpayer money directly to the democrat politicians.

    Hey! Where does MY vote count in all of this?

    Even FDR, the progressive’s often quoted hero and champion of the “New Deal”, which Obama tried to emulate, and has propelled us into financial insolvency, said public unions were not a good idea.
    Cry me a river with your objection to “right to work”, “choice of schools”, and “teacher accountability”. Go watch “Waiting for Superman”, produced by some of your progressive pals. Highly recommended viewing for any American.
    Look at it as part of your “intervention” program to detoxifying and eliminate the trying to out-pink-Castro agenda the rabid progressive movement have programmed you with.

  2. I am a prosecutor who knew this amoral creep (Baas) as a “Rambler” and from Kenyon” and thereafter, until I determined that he was a psychopath and stopped associating with him. Too bad I didn’t handle his misdemeanor charge….I could have perhaps saved others some suffering, as I hear he still attends church, although around me he did nothing but disparage Christianity, and one thing he has never been is a Christian. No matter. He’s where he belongs now and labeled for all to see.

    • Oh, where’d you meet, in jail? You “prosecuting attorney”, you. Riiiiiight.

      Oh for Pete’s sake, take a Xanax. The public unions have suppressed the votes of the tax payer more than any other organization in history.
      Public unions have created the tenure system for teachers that protects lousy teachers, at the detriment of our children’s education, while mandated dues flow into big union coffers and are funneled into the campaign funds of Democrat politicians, who in turn keep the unions fat and happy by approving ridiculously bloated contracts, without regard for the tax payer, or quality in education that is affordable for our state.
      The WEAC, or public union money laundering operation, employs a system which, in the name of “collective bargaining”, rips off the tax payer as it guarantees free health insurance for teachers, (until Walker put a stop to this criminal activity), and is but one glaring example of the inevitible corruption of any poltical system wherever and whenever public unions are established.

      It seems the insurance company that provided all the “so-called” benefits to the teachers was an insurance company owned and operated by the teacher’s union. Since the outfit was guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers, and the State had to pay for it (not the teachers) the insurance company was increasing annual costs every single year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state of Wisconsin. Then the company, WEA, was donating millions and millions of dollars to its favorite democrat politicians who, when they got elected, guaranteed to keep funding the union’s outrageous costs. In other words, the insurance company was a “pass through” for Wisconsin taxpayer money directly to the democrat politicians.

      Hey! Where does MY vote count in all of this?

      Even FDR, the progressive’s often quoted hero and champion of the “New Deal”, which Obama tried to emulate, and has propelled us into financial insolvency, said public unions were not a good idea.
      Cry me a river with your objection to “right to work”, “choice of schools”, and “teacher accountability”. Go watch “Waiting for Superman”, produced by some of your progressive pals. Highly recommended viewing for any American.
      Look at it as part of your “intervention” program to detoxifying and eliminate the trying to out-pink-Castro agenda the rabid progressive movement have programmed you with.

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