Thursday, December 8, 2011

Let's unpack Scott Walker's lies (or at least start the effort)

Koch whore Gov. Scott Walker doesn't ever let the truth get in the way of his relentless drive to turn Wisconsin into a subsidiary of Koch Industries. But as he prepares for a recall election, his lies seem to have gotten worse. 

Just the other day he told Politico he would crush union bosses. He said “You saw earlier this summer, the national big government union bosses, in total, along with other groups, spent about $44 million on the six state Senate recall elections.…"
Wrong. Try $14 million
We looked a little further and found more whoppers. For example, he said, spent $13 million on his run for governor.
Wrong again, Scotty boy. The Republican Governors Association, fueled by the Koch brothers, threw another $5 million into Walker's campaign kitty. 
He claimed only a “handful of folks want to stand up and cry foul” to his anti-worker legislation. 
Unh-unh. The protests in Madison earlier this year were "the largest and most sustained demonstrations we've ever seen."

Walker also claimed he kept all his campaign promises. That one almost made our head explode, until we saw this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel op-ed by Kathleen Falk that ticks off his major lies. Titled, "Scott Walker has not been honest," here are some highlights:
For the first time that anyone can recall, we have a governor who did not tell the truth about what he was planning to do as governor. And Scott Walker would not have been elected if he had been truthful about his intentions... 
In describing his attack on collective bargaining as the only way to fix the budget, he ignored the concessions on pensions and health insurance agreed to by the unions, he concealed his wholly partisan motivation and he knowingly misled Wisconsinites...
He said during the campaign that he didn't intend to cut kids off health care, but he has. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau noted that Walker's cuts will mean 65,000 people, 29,000 of them children, will lose access to their current health care. Walker said he would maintain the state's commitment to fund education that keeps our schools strong but then proposed the largest cuts to education in Wisconsin history. 
He said after Republicans lost two seats in the state Senate that Wisconsinites want more bipartisanship on the very same day he signed into law the most partisan redistricting law that anyone can recall.
He said he is focused on creating jobs, but since Walker took office, we are losing jobs at rates not seen in decades, and his own administration recently admitted that he won't fulfill his promise to create 250,000 new jobs.
No wonder, Falk writes,
One of the most frequent comments I hear as I travel the state is: "I never would have voted for him if I had known what he was going to do."