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We’re Not The Only Ones To Notice

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on February 17, 2009

As I pointed out yesterday, Walker’s State of the County address was anything but what he advertised it to be, much like his own policies. In that post, I linked to many others who noticed the same thing.

More have joined the fray at this time.

Robert from One Wisconsin Now writes:

Now Scott Walker, literally and figuratively following in McCain’s footsteps, gave his “State of the County” speech Monday night at the same Bucyrus International plant. Given the implosion of the economy brought on by conservatives like Bush, McCain, and McCain right-hand-economic-man Phil Gramm, one would think Walker might want to distance himself from the failed policies of the Bush years and the McCain campaign. Think again. Walker trotted out the same old conservative talking points about “tax-cuts,” firmly toeing the Bush line.

“History shows that tax cuts lead to prosperity,” Walker said. What history is that? The last eight years, when Bush handed out billions to the wealthy and corporations while the economy went to garbage? Tax cuts for the rich in a time of war? Walker must be getting the official Bush Administration History Revision report. What about the history of the Great Depression and the New Deal which proved beyond any doubt that the type of stimulus Obama’s pushing, that is government spending and infrastructure construction, will work?

Continuing his distortion and just plain ignorance for reality, Walker called on the state to sped $3.2 billion of the $3.5 billion we’re expected to get on suspending the sales tax. How much would that save the average Wisconsinite? $600 according to state and federal studies. Is Walker serious? He’d rather squander that money on tax cuts rather than on creating jobs? Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime. Give a Wisconsinite a $600 tax cut, and they can maybe pay the rent for a month, or heat their house for two months—that is of course, unless their foreclosed on because they don’t have a job. Give a Wisconsinite a job, and they can make a steady paycheck for a lifetime, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollar into the state economy. This is a no-brainer.

From the comments section of last night’s post, Joe Klein left an artist’s rendition of Walker’s campaign speech.

Walker’s Point points out Walker’s illogical proposals and how they would end up doing more damage than good.

And to wrap up today’s fun, here is a press release from County Board Supervisor John Weishan, Jr.:

“Scott Walker’s speech Monday displayed his stunning lack of knowledge or understanding of the problems facing Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin. Once again, Walker used his tax cut campaign rhetoric as a smoke screen to cover his complete lack of any long-term or short-term plans for Milwaukee County. Instead, he relies on stale mantras of tax cuts and, along the way, gets the math wrong. The citizens of Milwaukee County would not see tax relief anywhere near what Walker claimed. Rather than $3,000 of relief from a sales tax holiday, in actuality the estimated amount is around $600. He misses the mark by 80%.

“After refusing to submit any projects for consideration in the federal stimulus plan, Walker shows his utter lack of understanding how and when the federal money will be distributed to states and local communities. By falsely claiming that the state will receive a lump sum amount to do anything it wants, Walker intentionally mislead the public into thinking he has a valid alternative. What he has proposed is not legal and will not deliver the results he claimed.

“The stimulus plan is about investing in America and setting our nation on a new path to prosperity. Walker is trying to rewrite the failed 30-year history of republican economics. Our country needs leaders both nationally and locally who are devoted to the success of all in America, not those that worship a stock market devoted to the prosperity of very few.”


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