After all these years, although I have feelings of continuous revulsion at what he has done and is doing, there is not much that surprises me about him.
One exception to that might be just how big of a hypocrite he is. Just when I thought he couldn't top his last example of hypocrisy, he goes and makes it look like nothing.
And he's done it once again.
Bill Lueders, of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, wrote a column which was cross posted at Urban Milwaukee, in which he writes about an interview he did with Walker regarding campaign contributions and corruption. Even the title of it is mind-boggling:
Ah, but as the gentle reader could guess, there's more. There's always more.
Lueders has this in his article:
“Whether it’s a Democrat or Republican, in so many of these cases, folks have a freedom to associate, they have a freedom to choose,” Walker told the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in a recent interview. “What I fought about with public employee unions is they didn’t have that freedom.”Despite Walker's accusations and attempts at diversion, it was Walker himself who raised taxes on the poorest of the poor by cutting the homestead and earned income tax credits. It was Walker, through Act 10, that led to the layoffs of tens of thousands of workers in both the public and private sector. It was Walker that cut nearly a billion dollars from education with the predictable cuts in the quality of education the schools could provide due to staff shortages and bigger classes. And it was Walker who cut such vital services such as Badger Care and unemployment compensation.
Before the changes he pushed through, state and local public workers had no choice but to contribute to their unions. “You have money that was forcibly taken from people without them having any say about that,” Walker said. “That’s where I thought the corruption was.”
The book, “Unintimated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” is fervent in its denunciation of money as the unions’ master.
Union leaders, charged Walker, “would rather have seen us take the money from the poor, lay off middle class workers, undermine education, and decimate government services — just so long as we did not close the automatic spigot of cash that was filling their union coffers.”
Yet on the cusp of what may be a hugely expensive 2014 governor’s race, Walker sidestepped the question of whether politicians who need to raise large sums might also be led astray.
Why doesn't his head explode from all that hypocrisy?
Lueders goes on to say that Walker wasn't willing to talk about all the money he got from the Kochs or from the Widow Hendricks. Lueders also reported on how Walker was caught in lies in his book which have not yet been corrected even though it's going in for its third printing.
But if Lueders thinks he has had a gotcha moment on Walker, he really dropped the ball on two major points.
ongoing John Doe investigations into the dark money of the Kochs, the Bradley Foundation and their various front groups. How one could not even bring this up in such a discussion is beyond me.
The other issue, which really rankles me, is that he allows Walker to get away with another bold-faced lie. In the above cited passage, Walker and Lueders falsely claims that "workers had no choice but to contribute to their unions."
That is utter rubbish.
There are federal laws that prohibit closed shops and give workers the ability to opt out of being a member, even in a union shop.
By perpetuating this lie, Lueders is feeding into Walker's false representations and supports the lies he used to attack workers rights. It had nothing to do with workers rights. State Senator Scott Fitzgerald went on TV and admitted that the whole thing was to undercut the Democrats, especially President Obama's bid for reelection.
It's bad enough that we have to try to overcome the gerrymandering, the voter suppression and the worker suppression in order to take our state back, but when we have to also take on the supposed watchdogs in the media who aren't doing their jobs, well, it's frustrating. It's like trying to play a sporting event and the refs are in cahoots with the other team.