In an interview on WISC Channel 3 (Madison) from a Wausau event, Scott Walker stated that he and his other GOP colleagues have always “supported labor,” and have recognized that Labor Unions are part of the “economic engine” so necessary to a recovery. Either Scott Walker is delusional, or suffers from Anti-Social Personality Disorder. The aftermath of Walker’s policies are one of his biggest failures of his administration. Scott Walker has failed Wisconsin workers and labor.
Scott Walker’s first act as Governor was to sign into law a huge tax break to the wealthiest 2% of wage earners and largest Corporations in Wisconsin. The cost to Wisconsin taxpayers – over $100 million, at a time when Walker claimed falsely that “Wisconsin is broke.” The classic “trickle-down” rationale was used that Corporate wealthy needed those tax breaks to create “good paying jobs” to get the economy going, and “Open Wisconsin for Business.”
Walker’s entire message was an unmitigated deception. Wisconsin was not broke – Walker’s own policies have expanded the state’s deficit, for now and the future. The worst deception is promoting tax breaks rewarding his political allies, and the lie that they will help Wisconsin’s working middle class. The simple truth is, that tax cuts have never, and will never create jobs – well documented fact. Over the last two decades, in fact, top-tier tax rates have dropped to the lowest they have been pre-Great Depression. The result is an increasing gap in wage equality – as great as pre-Great Depression levels, and putting the US in such International company as Uganda and El Salvador in income inequality.
The result of Walker’s “job creating” agenda has been clear. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate and numbers are growing faster than the national average. In fact, Scott Walker’s policies have halted a jobs recovery in Wisconsin, which began slowly in mid 2010.
(Graph source:US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Scott Walker’s job policies are failing. They are allowing Corporations in Wisconsin to achieve record profits, benefitting a select few (who happen to be his largest supporters), while being detrimental to the majority of Wisconsinites. It is a fact that strong collective bargaining agreements are crucial to wage equality and economic growth, yet Scott Walker has taken teachers and public employees away from the table. As Walker’s policies continue to take effect, Wisconsin will continue to lose family supporting jobs. He has never, and will never, stand with labor. Walker stands with the wealthy and Corporations – they will benefit from his policies, not Wisconsin workers.
Scott Walker has failed Wisconsin working middle class and families, and he deserves to be recalled.
We shall overcome! Happy Labor Day from Badger Democracy…remember what the unions have done for all of us this weekend.