With Walker, the people always the last to know

2013-01-12T05:00:00Z With Walker, the people always the last to knowCap Times editorial madison.com
January 12, 2013 5:00 am  • 

Scott Walker just can’t get it through his head that he is the governor of Wisconsin.

Not the head of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation, at whose California gathering last fall he outlined his agenda for the coming year.

And not the leader of the bankers and business executives at whose Madison gathering, according to WisPolitics, he was busy Thursday “unveiling part of his plan for an income tax cut and investment capital legislation” that he will present in next week’s State of the State address.

This governor has a habit of revealing the details of his agenda first to those who can benefit him most politically — either with support on the national political circuit, where he spends so much of his time, or with the campaign contributions he so craves.

The voters of Wisconsin are always last.

Last to know.

And last to be served by the governor’s policy of delivering first and foremost for his political cronies.

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(18) Comments

  1. Scooters Conscience
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    Scooters Conscience - January 14, 2013 11:26 pm
    I know that what you say, Nav, is 100% true. But I would never admit any of that publically. Style over substance, falsehood over integrity, and impressions over reality. That's what you get from me every single time. At least I'm dependable.
  2. gwamma3
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    gwamma3 - January 13, 2013 5:36 pm
    If you can't write in sentences, sarge, please don't bother posting.
  3. Liberalsmakesense
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    Liberalsmakesense - January 13, 2013 2:48 pm
    Ditto! And the voters of Wisconsin are seeing through him.
  4. Liberalsmakesense
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    Liberalsmakesense - January 13, 2013 2:39 pm
    Walker is realizing that voters of Wisconsin are seeing though him...finally. He is having an increasingly hard time deciding how he is going to fool them again.

    Will his "I will cut your state taxes" Shannagan work?

    Watch how in his state of the state address he portrays Wisconsin as the best economically advanced state since sliced bread, thanks to his policies. So laughable.
  5. TripleG60
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    TripleG60 - January 13, 2013 2:29 pm
    tt33: Your self-righteous, omniscient arrogance is quite remarkable to breathe in from day-to-day. I only started reading CT a few months ago, and I am already weary of your perspective. It was a bit surprising to read your admission that you do occasionally learn something. That's rare for a mind so full of beliefs set in concrete.
  6. David Blaska
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    David Blaska - January 13, 2013 1:46 pm
    Well, you've been wrong so far, Nav, so why should you change now.
  7. timbo
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    timbo - January 13, 2013 1:21 pm
    When a president sends soldiers to war, who is the last to know? When a copany goes bankrupt, who is the last to know? When you stopped the print edition, who was the last to know? This is a standard business practice, not some attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes.
  8. sarge
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    sarge - January 13, 2013 10:35 am
    yes... reading stuff from the other side is helpful tomtom.the more I go to Free Republic, the state urinal comment boards, Althouse ands elsewhere the more I feel good that I own defensive weapons lol
  9. Nav
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    Nav - January 13, 2013 10:34 am
    We are surprised by what the article concludes?

    When Scott Walker was running for Governor, he was able to convince a majority of Wisconsinites that he would be good for Wisconsin, and he should be given a chance.

    Two years later, the people of Wisconsin see a Governor Walker who has so divided the state, tried to suppress votes, has been close to the rich and the elite, has ignored the state's values and traditions, is not even CLOSE to creating the 250,000 jobs he promised, says the state is broke and then tells us he will reduce the state income tax as a ploy to win re-election, is all of a sudden sounding like a more reasonable guy, and on and on.

    The people of Wisconsin are not dumb. They have learned from their mistake of not recalling him. In two years, my guess is they will send the Governor packing.

  10. sarge
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    sarge - January 13, 2013 10:22 am
    they don't pay you to hate tomtom just propagandize
  11. tomtom33
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    tomtom33 - January 13, 2013 4:52 am
    Consuming ideas that may not conform to your own is broadening. I mostly read the CT for the humor, unintended though it may be. And I do enjoy some of the comments. On very rare occasions, I learn something.

    If you confine your information sources to those who agree with your biases(and we all have biases), you merely reinforce your ideas instead of challenging them.

    And one can disagree with something without hating.
  12. TheJudoon
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    TheJudoon - January 12, 2013 4:43 pm
    This is a good article to highlight why government should NOT be run like a corporation. It is not a corporation. It is a completely different beast, run by completely different laws, and accountable to the people of Wisconsin, not what he seems to believe are his campaign-contributing shareholders.
    Our Governor and his like-minded teapublicans do not understand this. And it will probably result in quite a few of them going to prison. You can't do whatever you like in Government just because you've been elected. There are laws and a heck of a lot more accountability than there is in private business.
  13. Pam S
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    Pam S - January 12, 2013 2:57 pm
    But you forgot what we in Wisconsin remember--He is the KING of FitzWalkerstan! That makes all the difference! We peons don't need to know--we are but his subjects to do his bidding-----NOT!
  14. knittingnancy
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    knittingnancy - January 12, 2013 10:42 am
    Why do some of you read the CT if you hate it so much? There must be something better to do in your life...
  15. Cornelius Gotchberg
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    Cornelius Gotchberg - January 12, 2013 10:32 am

    "The guarded parsing out of information to the electorate on a need-to-know basis snuffs out participation and concentrates power in the hands of a very few--it's VERY DANGEROUS (emphasis mine)."

    I find it necessary to inquire: is your outrage purposely selective and blatantly partisan, or wanton cluelessness?

    The Adminstration of the CHOSEN ONE has surely lowered the bar with respect to *transparency* to a level that may be effortlessly cleared by even the most earth-bound bottom-feeder.

    Accepting an *award* for *transparency* in a ceremony closed to the press. He should have been accepting an award for hubris!

    The "Nixon' reference has been broached as well. In a phoney town hall meeting in Annandale, VA (07/01/09?), the event was staged from start to finish.

    "Nixon didn't try to do that. They couldn't control (the media). They didn't try that. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They are our public servents. We pay them. [...] It's blatant. They don't give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame." Helen Thomas

    So, with Nixon being the non-too-flattering standard of secrecy and non-transparency, it would appear that Obama has exceeded expectations once again.

    "Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue." La Rochefoucauld

    The Gotch
  16. Gayle
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    Gayle - January 12, 2013 10:31 am
    Scott walker cares about one thing only, and that is his political career. He couldn't care less about the people of WI. We're just a stepping stone to this lying, cheating, uneducated puppet. I long for the day when I'll never have to see his face again.
  17. JoeBiteme
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    JoeBiteme - January 12, 2013 10:20 am
    Information is guarded because of the idiot press. I shouldn't have to explain that to anyone who reads the Cap Times.
  18. Zoltan
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    Zoltan - January 12, 2013 9:27 am

    The guarded parsing out of information to the electorate on a need-to-know basis snuffs out participation and concentrates power into the hands of a few--it's very dangerous. Not just because it bespeaks of an underlying contempt for the intelligence and the rights of citizens,but it also creates a muddy view of what is happening and greatly increases the chances for error. There may be things about Richard Nixon to emulate, but this is not one of them.
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