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Walker And Kleefisch: The Elitism and Hypocrisy Ticket

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on October 30, 2010

Scott Walker has finally found a purpose for Rebecca Kleefisch besides being a Wisconsin version of Sarah Palin. Though Team Walker still won’t allow her to actually participate in a debate, for fear that her lack of qualifications will come shining through, she is now the star of her second TV commercial.

In the commercial, she never does mention that she is the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, but merely identifies herself as Walker’s running mate.

She goes into how grateful she is that she is not poor, and that her husband is a state legislator who gets some nice insurance paid mostly for by tax payers. She then puts on her scary face and falsely claims that Barrett would do away with our health care system in a government takeover.

Apparently, she is unable to differentiate between health care coverage and health care provision. Team Walker is hoping that the voters are that ignorant as well, or just aren’t paying attention to the details.

As I stated before, I am glad that Kleefisch is on the road to recovery and has a good prognosis of being able to enjoy her family for years to come. It’s just a shame that she takes the attitude that poor people shouldn’t be afforded the same opportunity.

As noted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, her attitude against allowing poor people the same kind of access to our wonderful medical system is more than a wee bit hypocritical and elitist:

Kleefisch, who runs her own marketing business on which she works part time, and her family are covered through an Anthem Blue insurance plan offered by the state to her husband, Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), Bader said. According to the state Department of Employee Trust Funds website, that family plan costs $21,690 a year. State workers like Joel Kleefisch pay $1,020 a year, or $85 a month, for that family coverage and taxpayers pick up the rest – $20,670 a year.

In contrast, a recent national study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust found that family coverage from private and public employers costs on average $13,770 a year, with workers paying nearly $4,000 of that.

And they claim it’s those greedy union workers who are to blame for all the money woes. Yeah, right.

You see, it’s not that Scott Walker or Rebecca Kleefisch are really against health care reform or against spending our tax dollars. It’s just that they want to make sure that only the right kind of people, the rich, get those advantages, and not having it squandered on ordinary folks who are having a hard time just getting ends to meet.


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