Sadly, Scott Walker is unable to learn from his own mistakes, much less the mistakes made by others, and so went headlong into creating this mess.
Some examples from just the past year include:
- In February, Walker used WEDC to announce a land giveaway scheme to try to lure businesses to Fitzwalkerstan. How's that working out? So far we have less businesses and less jobs.
- In July, Walker and WEDC got caught trying to do some bid rigging with a company called Skyward. When caught, Walker said: "As soon as our office learned of it, we put a stop to it." Yeah, that's the same thing he said about Walkergate.
- Just a month ago, as WEDC was touting their new slogan of "In Fitzwalkerstan"*, they were also getting slammed by the Feds for illegally handing out grants. To make things even worse, Walker was caught trying to cover up the problem from the board itself.
It's now come out that WEDC has lost track of some $69 million in loans, with $9 million of them being overdue. The reason they lapsed on following these loans was because no one was hired to do so!
And just like Walker, WEDC made things worse by covering up this problem while in front of an audit committee hearing:
The loans were not mentioned by WEDC officials at a lengthy audit committee hearing Thursday on transparency and accountability in the agency. Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) said that she would consider bringing those officials back before the committee and that she was certain that a Legislative Audit Bureau report due next spring would delve into the issue.In a futile effort to try to get things to blow over, Walker announced that he would appoint someone from the private sector to head up this agency until another private agency went head-hunting for a new director.
"It's infuriating," Vinehout said.
Laughably, Walker contended that these moves were being made to remove politics from the position and make it more accountable.
Yet the interim director that Walker appointed is Reed Hall, a member of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC). WMC, an member of ALEC, spent tens of millions of dollars, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, over the last few years to bring us the likes of Walker, David Prosser, the Fitzgerald Boyz, and Mike Gableman, just to name a few.
And now we're supposed to believe that politics were removed from the system? If anything, they now have an even stronger hold on it.
Walker also promised that he would make "dramatic moves" to improve the performance of the agency.
I can't imagine anyone who is foolish and inane enough to think that anything short of the abolishment of the program will improve it. Well, except for those like Owen Robinson, who is goofy enough to unquestioningly believe whatever AFP says:
Clearly this agency has been poorly run. The concept is good, but the management has been terrible. I’m happy to see that Walker is taking it seriously. What this agency needs is a real businessman to run it.Folks, it ain't gonna get better until we take the state back, starting in two weeks. What are you doing to get the vote out?
*I wonder how much they spent for that less than brilliant slogan and even worse logo. The only place these fools should be "in" is in prison.