Saturday, May 21, 2011

Walker's Privatization of Wisconsin goes forward

Is anyone surprised by this? Maybe all those somnambulant voters will wake up to discover themselves employees instead of citizens.


Madison Wisconsin -- Embattled Scott Walker has already begun the process of privatizing Wisconsin. These changes are radical; however, unless you have been paying very close attention, you may not be aware of what is happening at this very moment inside the Capital. On May 18, 2011 the Walker Administration quietly announced the formation of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Most Wisconsinites are unfamiliar with this new government authority which is replacing the former Wisconsin Commerce Department. Yes, Dictator Walker has dismissed a well established Government Department that was subject to procedural policies (such as open meetings laws) and instead installed a Corporation to which he has named himself as CEO. Having pulled off this corporate coup, we should not be shocked by learning about the corporatist henchmen he has appointed to serve as the board of directors.

King Walker has already been accused of cronyism. For example, Brian Deschane although entirely unqualified was hired as head of environmental and regulatory affairs in the state Department of Commerce. Brian’s father sits on the board of the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council. This is not a government body. It is a lobbyist group. It turns out that Brian would have been a part of the new WEDC had his father’s association not been discovered. Then there was Valerie Cass, former lobbyist and alleged mistress of Randy Hopper. She received her state job (and subsequent raise) without even officially applying for the position. There is Tom Nardelli who is currently receiving several public pensions and has been awarded a near 100k a year job in the Walker Administration. These are just a few examples, and we offer then as reminders of the pattern of cronyism invading the governmental offices in Madison. Scott Walker rewards his contributor’s, not with government contracts and favoritism – but by giving them a direct and real seat in our government’s business. Remember this, WEDC is a Government Authority. It is calls itself a Corporation but where is their license? It is, in fact, replacing a public authority – headed not by a governor – but by a CEO!

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