Reports are surfacing that Scott Walker is now preparing his next assault on the democratic political process in the State of Wisconsin.And given his history with cronyism, I doubt very much any good would come of giving him such martial powers.
Following the lead of Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder, Walker is said to be preparing a plan that would allow him to force local governments to submit to a financial stress test with an eye towards permitting the governor to take over municipalities that fail to meet with Walker’s approval.
According to the reports, should a locality’s financial position come up short, the Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his choosing into local government with the ability to cancel union contracts, push aside duly elected local government officials and school board members and take control of Wisconsin cities and towns whenever he sees fit to do so.
Such a law would additionally give Walker unchallenged power to end municipal services of which he disapproves, including safety net assistance to those in need...
I continue to be puzzled over the ostensible link between conservative Christians and this kind of politics. I'll bet you that Gov Walker considers himself a good Christian. These days, I doubt you can be a Republican if you aren't nominally Christian. So, how does Scott Walker justify his attacks on working people and the poor in Christian terms?
How do hard-core anti-tax conservatives justify it?
Well, apparently their love of money trumps their social contract.EJ Dionne writes,
And the Koch Brothers are laughing all the way to the bank.
At other moments in our history, the informal networks of the wealthy and powerful who often wield at least as much influence as our elected politicians accepted that their good fortune imposed an obligation: to reform and thus preserve the system that allowed them to do so well. They advocated social decency out of self-interest (reasonably fair societies are more stable) but also from an old-fashioned sense of civic duty. “Noblesse oblige” sounds bad until it doesn’t exist anymore..... a funny thing happened to the American ruling class: It stopped being concerned with the health of society as a whole and became almost entirely obsessed with money.