What happens if Walker wins?
Let’s just imagine—for a minute—that Walker wins reelection tomorrow. If you’re like me, you’d rather pry your eyeballs out with a shrimp fork. But still, it’s possible. What has this man promised—and we all know he loves to make promises—to do in a second term? What’s he alluded to wanting to do, without quite promising?
1) Sale of State Property: Even though you taxpayers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire and maintain properties all over the state, Walker’s big donors think they are entitled to buy these properties from the state at fire sale prices. No-bid contracts are already written, and are probably going to be signed on November 5. Sadly, this will probably happen no matter who wins tomorrow.
2) Right-to-Work-for-Less: Walker can’t stand that our bankruptcy rate is still lower than the states that have enacted the so-called “right to work” laws. He’ll finally make good on this not-so-subtle suggestion of his love of this law, made in multiple times and in multiple ways, if he is reelected.
3) Women’s Health Care Access: Expect continued assaults on women’s rights not only to safe, legal, rare abortions, but to even the most basic preventive health care services. Well over 10,000 women were denied access to basic cancer screenings when Walker pulled the Wisconsin Well Woman Program funding from Planned Parenthood, saying that these services were available to rural women plenty of other places. They weren’t, and if he wins reelection, expect the GOP war on women to keep ramping up on the health care front. I repeat: this is BEYOND intrusive vaginal probe ultrasounds that go against medical recommendations: we’re talking lifesaving care that mainly focuses on keeping lower income, rural women cancer-free, or at least finding their cancers early enough to cure.
4) Eroding Environment: The recent headlines about the Department of Natural Resources tell only a tiny bit of the story. Much like the manufactured crisis in the public schools, Walker’s appointees have so underfunded and understaffed the DNR that they are playing Whack-A-Mole to try to keep up what paltry regulations still remain under this administration. Folks at the DNR are mainly science-minded people who love this state, especially its proud legacy of great fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and outdoor recreation in general. By manufacturing a crisis with the DNR, making them seem ineffective and unconcerned, he hopes to scare up more distaste for “big government inefficiency” and do away with these pesky rules and regulations that keep our water safe and our air clean. Just ask the good people in Jackson what they drink with their dinner these days. I guarantee you it’s not tap water!
5) Pay-to-Play: Expect the fee-for-service state of Wisconsin government to get even worse. Despite there being no proof that there would be high-paying, long-term jobs created by a Gogebic mine, and despite Minnesota’s mines spending more time idled than productive, Walker has a $700,000 debt to pay. He’ll do that, and more, figuring it’s the only way to keep his delusional presidential hope alive.
6) Expect Everything to Get Worse: Walker will figure that the ONLY way to keep working toward his eventual presidency will be to virtually bankrupt the state. He’s got a great running start, at our expense (literally and figuratively).
7) Voter Suppression: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet: Expect the US Supreme Court’s 90-day timeline to run out exactly one day before the WIGOP rolls out an even-more-suppressive set of rules that are designed to suppress the votes of our elders, people with disabilities, people from lower income households and/or without transit options, and individuals of color. Despite their very tenuous grip on math in general, the GOP has done the math on how much closer this will get them to winning elections.
Feel free to add your own comments about the myriad ways Walker will continue to screw this once-proud state. Better yet, use that time to drive people to the polls!!