The whole article is worth a read, but the beginning is the most telling:
Among the racist jokes and emails found in recently released documents connected to the criminal probe of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2010 campaign, one stood out: A “joke” about a woman trying to sign up her dogs for welfare, because “my Dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who the r Daddys are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care, and feel guilty.” The punchline: “My Dogs get their first checks Friday.”Walsh goes on to explain how Walker tried to sabotage the Income Maintenance Program, setting it up for failure so that he could later privatize it. What Walker didn't count on was that an advocacy group would file a class action lawsuit against Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin. This lawsuit led to the state taking over the program and working for years to bring it up to snuff.
Walker’s deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch replied: “That is hilarious. And so true.
The joke is bad enough on its own, but it’s also worth noting: back when Walker was Milwaukee county executive, and Rindfleisch was a top aide, he managed the county’s welfare programs so abysmally that after lawsuits by local clients, the state was forced to take them over. “They didn’t just call people dogs, they treated them like dogs,” one Milwaukee elected official recalled angrily.
Walsh's accounting of the time is accurate. I wrote about the ongoing series events at the time, pointing out that Walker was using the poor as political pawns as he geared up his gubernatorial campaign. I also wrote about how Walker was too busy traveling the state campaigning to attend to the crisis at home (doesn't that sound familiar?!), which led to the state takeover.
What Walsh failed to include in her article is the fact that Walker hasn't changed.
Now that Walker is back in charge of Milwaukee County's Income Maintenance Program, he has, by the Act 10 bomb, made it into a nest of nepotism and cronyism, where it's more important who you know rather than if you can meet the needs of the poor. Walker's people had also been trying to force the Hunger Task Force out of the building because they've actually been helping non-English speaking poor apply as well as filing complaints about Walker's continuing failure in providing these much needed services.
ADDENDUM: In case the gentle reader is unfamiliar with the email that Walsh referred to in her article, here is a screencap of it: