Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker is facing a growing backlash over his attempt to cut pay and eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in his state. Although Walker is claiming his power grab is an attempt to close a budget gap, the budget “crisis” was engineered by Walker as soon as he got into office. As Brian Beutler reported, half of the budget shortfall comes from Walker’s own tax cuts for businesses and other business giveaways enacted in January.Giving tax cuts to your friends is never the answer. Just look at what happened to the United States' economy once President Bush and the Republicans stopped regulating Wall Street.
A number of the big business interests standing with Walker are beneficiaries of his administration’s tax giveaways. But the greatest ally to Walker is the dirty energy company Koch Industries. In response to the growing protests in Madison, Koch fronts are busing in Tea Party protesters to support Walker and his union-busting campaign.What is happening with the unions in Wisconsin and Ohio is happening in Kentucky. Instead of unions, it's coal. The coal industry practically owns the state legislature. Instead of wanting clean air and water, the state would rather do every thing it can to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from doing it's job.
I have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That includes my fundamental basic right to breathe in clean air and drink clean water. If the governor decides that he would rather support the coal industry than basic rights, I have no problem writing in the name of someone else.