Scott Walker certainly is not alone among presidential candidates as he belly flops into the money puddle. But the local impacts of his venal actions stand out. He is after all actually in charge of something while he tries to gin up support among Republican primary voters in Iowa, namely, the neighboring State of Wisconsin. Lots of people live there.
Trashing unions, cutting 275 million from education in the state budget, flipping to the hardcore anti illegal immigrant posture so in vogue in Republican candidate circles all impact real lives on the ground.
But the kicker - still more revelatory than the rest - is caving to the demands of the billionaire hedge fund hustler looking to use Wisconsin taxpayer money to build a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium. In one fell swoop Walker canibalizes his own “conservative” street cred while playing the corporate welfare game to the nth degree.
Wesley Edens - hedge fund billionaire and Milwaukee slumlord to boot - helped pump the puddle full of money in which Walker flounders.
Meanwhile valiant efforts by Common Ground and allies to invest in facilities and programs for children, youth and families go begging.
When you boil it all down Walker happily hammers already weakened unions as a big claim to fame and collapses in the face of demands for big dollar public subsidies from a plutocrat.
Is this a good training experience for a man who wants to be president? Maybe, if he cleans the slime off his face, brushes his teeth, applies deodorant and coughs down a couple of corn dogs.
Frank C. Pierson, Jr.
Frank Pierson retired after forty years of work with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) as a professional organizer. He began his career in 1971 in Chicago, moved to Queens, New York City and migrated west to work in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. He resides with his wife, Mary Ellen Kazda, in Oracle, Arizona. He may be reached at email@example.com