And even before he was sworn in (and sworn at) as governor, he was already laying out the groundwork for his presidential campaign. The biggest part of his presidential campaign is Act 10, the union busting law that he had in the works even as he was still campaigning for governor.
In recent days and months, there has been a coordinated effort between Walker's campaign and his supporters to put the "benefits" of Act 10 in the spotlight, even though these claims are easily proven to be false.
One such move is his soon to be released book, which should really be called "Unmitigated." As parts of the book are being leaked, we find that he is trying to glamorize his decision to drop the Act 10 bomb. But even in his embellished version, he cannot tell the truth and is called out by friend and foe alike for his unmitigated gall.
The MacIver Institute proves themselves to still be anything but a news service when they made exaggerated claims that Act 10 was supposedly saving taxpayers almost $3 billion dollars. This is not the first time that MacIver has trotted out their figures. And each time they do this, their numbers become even more exaggerated.
The first time that they tried to claim that Act 10 was saving taxpayers money, even the pro-Walker Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the corporate media giant, had to point out that these numbers were not to be believed (emphasis mine):
Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that his policies had saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 billion so far - savings largely achieved by the Republican governor and lawmakers repealing most public workers' union bargaining and effectively lowering their compensation.I also pointed out that our taxes, like those of many others, actually went up significant amounts. If taxes went down or even just stayed the same, they were due to a drastic drop in property values. In the Milwaukee area, some properties dropped by as much as 30% in value.
Much of those savings - more than three-quarters of a billion dollars - could be verified, such as state and local workers picking up more of the tab for their health care and pension. But the figures also included a significant amount of savings for local governments that could not be verified.
The disproving of Walker's claims continued when it was shown that the supposed savings in the Kaukauna School District - the one that Walker held up as a shining example - was a complete and utter lie. Over a year later, it was shown to be still a lie.
As a side note, it should also be pointed out that Walker's claims of cutting income tax are just as fraudulent as his claims of cutting property taxes.
We already know the real truth behind Act 10. It has nothing to do with saving taxpayers any money. It has to do with redirecting the money taken from public sector workers to the bank accounts of the CEOs and the corporations that have supported his previous campaigns and are supporting his current ones - both the one for reelection as governor and the presidential one.
But it's not only the public sector workers who are paying for the greed of Walker's supporters. It is all Wisconsinites who are feeling the brunt of this folly. As Walker pulled the money out of circulation, the ramifications on private sector jobs couldn't be any clearer:
Walker's Act 10 not only failed to save any money, it actually cost tens of thousands of Wisconsinites their jobs. And many more that did manage to keep their jobs saw drastic pay cuts themselves as the economy went back into a downward spiral. The loss of money from this downward spiral is exponentially larger than the amount of savings that Walker and his allies are fraudulently claiming.
But even has Walker and his extended campaign is rolling out their propaganda of how "wonderful" Act 10 has been, their carefully laid out script has taken a serious blow.
They forgot about a little detail - the Constitution. The Honorable Juan Colas has now ruled twice that parts of Act 10 are unconstitutional and had to go so far as finding two of Walker's handpicked people to be in contempt of court to get him to start following the law.
And even then, Walker will not do that and has filed petitions in any and every court he can find, asking to get these orders stayed, if not overturned.*
The reason for this is that if Judge Colas' ruling stands, it will knock down the false fronts that Walker and company have erected to disguise the truth of the matter - Act 10 is a greater failure than most people recognize. And when and if the truth of Act 10's failure is revealed, that will be the last nail in the coffin for Walker's presidential hopes.
*If there was any doubt about where the corporate media stands, the article regarding the petitions filed asking the orders to be overturned now has the headline "Van Hollen asks two courts to overturn judge's rulings on Act 10."
However, when the article first appeared, it read that Walker made the requests, as evidenced by this screen capture off of my feedly reader:
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