small business summit."
Even the term "small business summit" is laughable since Walker won't hesitate to sell these people out to the big business donors who bought the governor's seat for him.
But I digress.
If I didn't know better, I'd have sworn that instead of speaking to a bunch of small business owners, he was practicing his routine for the Burlington Liars Club's annual competition.
Right off the bat, Walker brings up the fallacy that there will be bipartisanship, as if he really was seeking that.
This is the same guy that went in front of a congressional panel, and under oath, testified about his true feelings towards bipartisanship:
"Sometimes," the Republican governor told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "bipartisanship is not so good."And if his false claim of hope for bipartisanship sounds familiar, it should. He said the same thing after the 2011 recalls and again after the 2012 recalls.
One might cite his recent refusal to set up health care exchanges before the elections as another sign of him just wanting to get along with the other guys.
Then again, Walker might just be able to make that claim on technical grounds. Not only is there Senator Tim Cullen, who is little more than a Republican running as a Democrat, but now he can also claim newly elected Robb Kahl, the imposter who appeared at Walker's recall victory party. Y'know, the fact that he is on the board for a bank, a history with the realtors and the executive director for the Construction Business Group might have been a dead giveaway during the primaries.
Oh, but Walker's funnies didn't stop there.
He also said that he saw the mining bill being passed with little or no controversy. Nope, not at all. Just because the environmental groups will be slapping the state with lawsuits before Walker's signature is dry, and with good cause, doesn't mean it'll be controversial.
Another line of Walker's false sincerity also had to do with the environment:
Though he said small business owners value clean air, clean land and clean water as much as anyone, Walker said “all too often the regulations don’t pass the common-sense test.”I dare Walker to back up his words. I want to see him go to the Town of Concord and have some of their nice well water. You know, the water that his administration allowed to be contaminated by a campaign donor who spread illegal amounts of human effluence on nearby fields.
Walker said he’s working to change the culture of the DNR and to put more carrot and less stick into regulatory enforcement. Doing so is not only easier for businesses, he said, but cheaper for the state.
But it wasn't Walker's string of one lie after another that left me shaking my head. I'm used to that from him.
What got to me came at the very end of the article:
Jim Freeman is the president of Helicopter Specialties, a 12-year-old Janesville company that specializes in medical helicopters. After creating 30 jobs over the past decade, he was concerned about the prospect of his local technical college shutting down its aviation program.After nearly two decades of seeing how Paul Ryan betrayed his community and helped drive the country to the brink of financial ruin, and after nearly two years of Walker doing the same thing to the state, Mr. Freeman is only now becoming "concerned."
If he had been paying attention like the rest of us, he'd be bloody terrified.
Or maybe it's just that he hopes that this time, Walker really, really means it, unlike all of those other times.
But just in case, maybe someone should've checked to see if Walker had his fingers crossed behind his back during his speech.