After Bragging About $1 Billion State Surplus, Governor Scott Walker Asks for Money from President Obama

Scott-WalkerThough I dislike the Republican party and conservative ideology in general, I think the thing that drives me the most insane about the whole bunch is how hypocritical they are.  Especially when it comes to their “hatred” of the federal government.

I’m sure everyone reading this has met a conservative voter whose income, health care or both is largely provided by some kind of government program.  You know, the people who hold signs that say things like, “Get the Government OUT of my Medicare!”

Well, their politicians are no different because Republican politicians are a reflection of conservative voters.

A great example of blatant hypocrisy has been displayed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his request for aid from President Obama (you know – the federal government) as a propane shortage grips his state in the midst of another winter storm.

Why is this hypocritical, you ask?

Beyond the fact that a Republican governor is asking the federal government for help when Republicans are constantly talking about how they don’t need the federal government (that is until they need help, which seems to be pretty often), Governor Walker just bragged about how his state has a $1 billion surplus.

So why is the Wisconsin governor asking for help from the federal government when his state clearly has the funds to provide its own aid?

Oh, I know, because Walker plans to “give it [the surplus] back to the people” by the way of tax cuts.

Basically what Scott Walker is saying is that his state has a $1 billion surplus, but instead of using that money to provide aid for his own state during this propane shortage – he’s going to ask the federal government to subsidize that aid so he can give people tax breaks.

Tax cuts which I can almost guarantee heavily favor the rich.  As most tax cuts seem to do.

This is hypocrisy at its best.  A “small government” Republican like Scott Walker bragging about the surplus “he created,” asking the federal government for help when Wisconsin could easily provide aid for itself without help from the federal government.  All so he can cut taxes.

It’s not that I’m against the federal government helping out the people of Wisconsin.  I just find it incredibly hypocritical when Republicans constantly harp on the evils of the federal government (and even programs like FEMA), yet they’re some of the first people standing there with their hands out asking for help from the federal government whenever it’s convenient.

It always reminds me of Rick Perry who ran for re-election in 2010 bragging about his state’s balanced budget – which was only kept balanced due to funds Texas received from the 2009 stimulus package.  A stimulus package he often publicly denounced as “big government” that couldn’t be tolerated.

But it doesn’t stop with Rick Perry.  I can’t even keep track of all the stories I’ve seen come out over the years where these “federal government hating” conservative members of Congress sent letters to the federal government asking for funds to help their state or district.

The truth of the matter is, Republicans absolutely love government – as long as it’s providing something they want.  They only use this “evil federal government” rhetoric to manipulate voters they know are too ignorant to know any better.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    (Walker’s ) “cuts would be the third time in a year that Walker has proposed a tax cut. The 2013-15 budget included a $650 million income tax cut, and last fall the Legislature reduced property taxes statewide by $100 million through the school aid formula.”
    Since both the federal energy aid money being made available and the to-be-refunded tax money was the people’s money to begin with, and since Walker is working consistently to deliver the money back to them in both cases, the term ‘hypocrisy’ seems inapplicable.

    • TheOneWhoNocks

      Except that after the tax cuts, good luck to him having enough money for emergency aid the next time a winter storm hits. State funds are supposed to cover that, but he’s seeking federal aid because Walker pissed away what he had. It’s all well and good to call government funds “the people’s money” until you give it back to them and the government doesn’t have enough to do its job anymore.

      How about he just reduce the tax rate to zero and when a storm hits, tell all the residents of WI that it’s their problem now?

      • Dee

        There will be a financial mess coming.
        Walker is making everything look good giving money back to buy peoples votes.
        Then WI will be broke (after election time)

    • DAV

      Hypocrisy is exactly the right term here. One – his party officially states that federal aid is bad and wrong (when it goes to other people). Two – he has the money in his own state to resolve the issue without federal aid (which his party says is wrong to provide). Three – the Republicans are always complaining about how unfair it is that their federal taxes go to support people in other states. I live in Michigan, I am willing to support other states WHEN THEY NEED IT, however Wisconsin has plenty of money to pay for propane for its citizens. Why then should my taxes go to pay for their propane? According to Republican logic they should not. Just like they should not have gone to help the victims of hurricane Sandy (Republicans opposed that aid remember?). So to answer your disingenuous pseudo question, it is hypocrisy because he is asking for something that 1. he can pay for himself, 2. his party says is wrong to provide to others and 3. makes him the same kind of government “parasite” that his party was against when it came to hurricane relief. That is pretty much text book “hypocrisy”. Maybe if you stopped watching Fox News and looked up the word hypocrisy in the dictionary you would know that.

    • hdtex

      And YOU are a fool.

      • Jim Bean

        See more of my foolishness below.

    • surfjac

      Wisconsin gained 24,305 private-sector jobs in the 12 months from March 2012 to March 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — a 1.1% increase that ranks the state 34th among the 50 states in the pace of job creation over that time frame. It was 36th.
      So wisconsin taxed who exactly too much? Who has benefitted the most from tax cuts? Why hasn’t job creation been considered?
      The Journal Sentinel points this out:
      ■The state is saddled with some aging manufacturing industries that often date back more than a century.
      ■Neither entrepreneurship nor venture capital funding is as abundant in Wisconsin as in many other states.
      ■Wisconsin’s public schools don’t generate as many college-educated residents as other states.
      So why isn’t the surplus helping these issues? Isn’t redistributing revenue socialism? questions, questions

      • Jim Bean

        He screwed up. He should have called it a ‘stimulus program.’

      • surfjac

        What did bush call it when he pissed away the Clinton surplus? Call it that…

      • Jim Bean

        I call it unforgiveable. However, I also don’t call it a free pass for the next guy.

      • Raylusk

        No you just refuse to acknowledge the hypocrisy of republicans.

    • Raylusk

      Red states are the real welfare queens. They receive more federal money then they pay in federal taxes. In addition republicans call for a smaller federal government and a balanced federal budget while receiving all this federal money and using the federal government for every little crisis. Republicans are not the party of small government or fiscal responsibility as they claim. That is what makes them hypocrites. Maybe now you will understand, but I expect you will still defend them.

      • Jim Bean

        That’s a fun fact. Another fun fact is the top ten states most in debt are blue. That’s a testament to their fiscals skills. Imagine how much assistance would be needed in the Red states if they were fiscally managed like the Blue. They (blue) have the concentrated industry and commerce centers and its those private sector resources that keep the need for poverty assistance down. When you do a Red/Blue comparison of median incomes and GDP you get a more educated and sophisticated understanding of things. And though the red-state well fare queen thing can still be a fun-fact, it ceases to be meaningful.

      • Raylusk

        Quit dismissing the fact that the red states are a drag on the federal government and are actually responsible for much of the federal debt they cry about. One of the reason most Americans reject you conservatives is because of your hypocrisy. You should be screaming about the hypocrisy of the red states and their drag on the federal government. But all you do is spin and offer excuses. By the way if the red state policies are so great then why don’t they have concentrations of industry and commerce so they can keep poverty down? So yes the welfare queen red states is completely meaningful no matter how you try and spin it.

      • TheOneWhoNocks

        Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas are on the top ten most in debt list, and all have Republican governors. So you might want to examine the canvas a little closer before you paint those broad strokes.

      • Jim Bean

        Here are the top 10 states currently boasting the highest debt per capita:

        1. Connecticut $5,402
        2. Hawaii $4,755
        3. New Jersey $4,217
        4. North Dakota $3,181
        5. New Mexico $3,144
        6. California $3,060
        7. Massachusetts $3,040
        8. Delaware $3,026
        9. Rhode Island $3,000
        10. Oregon $2,960

  • Desertman50

    Looks like Scotty just wants to suck off of the federal teat while he is primping in front of the mirror.

  • hdtex

    Let him hit up the Koch brothers….After all they bought and sold Walker’s soul.

    • Melania Gulley

      he has no soul.

      • glogrrl

        I can tell that just by looking at his eyes.

  • Jim Bean

    From twincities dot come, days ago:

    Scott Walker Monday ordered state agencies to increase assistance for low-income … ordered $7 million in state energy assistance benefits to counties and tribes for … “We get an awful lot of calls from people who need that.

    From Journal Times, Racine, WI (today)

    Gov. Scott Walker has called on President Barack Obama to help ease the propane shortage.

    The Wisconsin Republican sent the president a letter Saturday urging his administration to establish and lead a propane supply chain working group to help move propane from where it’s available to where it’s needed.

    Walker says Wisconsin has received “great cooperation and assistance” from the federal government so far, and he’s proposing the working group as a follow-up.

    His office says in a statement that the group could include Obama administration officials, federal agencies, impacted states and the propane industry.

    The propane shortage has caused delayed and reduced deliveries for customers in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states. The causes include the cold winter, a temporary pipeline closure and heavy demand for grain drying last fall.

    • Keri E

      Jim, I think our issue is that if WI has money to cover the issues in Wisconsin why is he asking for “our money.”:I understand that he is cutting taxes for his constituents but he has a political interest for doing so. While that is great for WI he is asking that the rest of us pay for them.

      • Jim Bean

        WI residents pay federal taxs that go into federal emergency relief kittys just like every other state. The argument that states who manage their budgets well enough to have a surplus should be denied access to those funds makes no more sense to me than an argument that those states who can’t manage their budgets should be denied access because they were fiscally reckless at home. It’s a moot point here however, because Walker is asking for logistics – not monetary – help. Never mind what the title of article says.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        And people like Walker HATE taxes. So, if he has a billion dollar surplus, let him pony up the money and send the federal dollars to states that really need it and haven’t been dicks about Democrats and Obama.

      • Raylusk

        Red states receive more federal money than the pay in federal taxes. But with blue states it’s the opposite. Republicans cannot call for a small federal government while taking all that money from the federal government and using federal government resources for every little crisis with out being hypocrites. Especially when their states are the real welfare queens. So now do you understand the issue?

      • Jim Bean

        Yes I do understand the issue but it is more complex than that and unless you’re unlike most of the folks here, you prefer the simple, uncomplicated perspective. It has to do with the median incomes and more importantly the GDP’s of those states.

      • Raylusk

        It’s too bad that red states have such poor governance that they can’t match the GDPs of the blue states. Conservatives are always preaching they have the answer for what ails America yet the poverty and economic output of red states along with their reliance on the federal government to pay their way shows their policies simply don’t work. So like you have tried to do in other posts you can spin things all you want but it is simply impossible for you to spin the fact that red states are mostly failures. It’s as simple as that.

      • Dee

        Gov. Walkers Normal GOP “taker” views for anyone else who needs help from the big bad Federal government and his mouth has loudly been saying WI has all this extra money to a lot of press for his re-election benefit. Tooting his lots of extra money because of me horn and his if you get Federal money your a “taker” views is what has ticked people off.
        It is not that the people of WI do need help. They do. Most all of us would not have a problem about helping.
        Gov. Walkers views, attitude and how he treats others is what has made people angry.

      • Jim Bean

        You can be sure if any Democratic Party run city or state was spending less that it was taking in, they would be tooting too.

      • Dee

        You can bet if any Democratic ran city or state who was spending less than they were taking in, tooting their own horn, then asking for Federal Aid there would be a big hoopla from the GOP now wouldn’t there???

      • Raylusk

        Except like I have told you over and over the blue states actually contribute more to the federal government then they get in federal money while the red states are a drain on the federal government. This despite the fact that conservatives claim their economic policies are superior and you have admitted in other comments that red state economies aren’t what blue state economies are. The simple fact is most red states are failed states that are being propped up by the federal government. Yet conservatives have the nerve to attack democrats over their policies.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Let Walker set up his own supply chain with that billion dollar surplus. All money is green and we know how Republicans don’t like the heavy hand of government on the free market.

  • Dee

    Thank you for writing about this!!
    I think he’s saving the 1 Billion $ to buy votes.
    I also really don’t think we have a 1 Billion $ surplus in reality.
    There is some odd bookkeeping going on to make Gov. Walker TRY to look good, to buy the votes and for a presidential run IMO.
    Truth will come later- Might leave WI with a pile of $hit down the road.

    • Jim Bean

      You’re gratitude is misplaced. Walker asked Obama for federal logistical assistance in getting propane delivered because there is a shortage. He didn’t ask for ‘money’ to help pay for it. He has already allocated 7 million in state funds to help those with hard hit to pay for this global warming caused cold spell.

      • JamieHaman

        Is Federal logistical assistance now free? Since when? Nope, this is Scott begging for money to help pay for something that his state government can afford to do!

      • victor67

        So where does the federal government get the money? From taxpayer’s that live and work in state’s. The federal government take money from the state’s to begin with. Also why can’t state’s have their own central bank like the federal government has? When the federal government needs “money” they just create it. Why not let state’s have the same power?

      • Raylusk

        Red states are welfare queens. They receive more money from the federal government then they pay in taxes to the federal government while blue states are the opposite. Red states are leeches on society. Do you get it now?

      • James Worcester

        Vic, the gist of this is, this “gentleman” is claiming a billion dollar state surplus out of one side of his mouth, and begging the Federal government for a million dollars worth of assistance out the other side, while vilifying the Federal government for overspending out his ass. If you cannot see the hypocrisy in this action, you have fully accepted the Ultra right’s blinders, and they are doing exactly what these madmen want them to.

      • Dee

        Nailed it James!

        The GOP/Republicans do not want to fork out Federal Aid to help people.
        The GOP say States should take care of themselves.
        Taking Federal money is a handout and makes you a “taker”!
        Big Government is bad. Making our Federal Debt go up!
        Then Gov. Walker asks for Federal relief aid after going on TV interviews saying we have a Billion dollar surplus and our State is doing great!
        It’s the GOP NoNo! Do not take Federal Funds!
        Then Gov. Walker ASKS for Federal funds even though we have (Walker SAYS we have, I have my doubts) a Billion dollar surplus.
        Gov. Walkers GOP “taker” views and his gloating about ALL our extra money to make himself look good for re-election (he was really spreading all this cash we have around thick) is what has people ticked off.

      • Jim Bean

        And tomorrow you’ll be telling me what a great guy your super hero Bill Clinton was for raising taxes, taking your money and creating a budget surplus and why that makes him look so good.

      • charleo1

        The thing about the economy is, it’s always a continuum. Things Reagan did, 35 years ago
        are only now beginning to show up in the loss
        of Middle Class jobs, and the faltering demand
        for goods and services that show up as flat wages, and stubborn underemployment, and the widening gap between the rich, and everyone else. Republicans sound great, with their talk about entrepreneurs, and low taxes increasing the investment dollars to expand businesses, and provide more jobs. But, in reality, it’s all a big
        con. Because, once they start handing out tax breaks, they give away the store. There’s less money for research, public investments, education suffers, and wages suffer, and pretty soon the lay offs start. And, the Federal debt starts to rise, as the economy slows, and businesses start to cut back inventory, and jobs. Then, unwilling to readjust, and claw back some of their aggressive tax cutting. Can’t raise taxes in a recession! All the extra money businesses supposedly were going to invest, and create jobs, don’t invest in a flagging economy. And it all begins to stack up to what it was from the start. A failed policy, that was always better politics for Republicans, than sound economic policy for the Country. So, the truth about Clinton is, he did raise taxes. But, so did G.H.W. Bush. Why? Because it was the responsible thing to do. And the continuum result was we were prepared as a Country, because of policies of both Clinton, and Bush before him, to enter into a extraordinary period of growth, and prosperity. And, as life is sometimes, luck also played it’s part. The timing was right for Clinton. G.W. Bush turned out to be, a radical ideologue. His tax policies were radical, and in the end a failure. As 3X as many jobs were created in the first half of his Presidency, as the the last half. That’s how we get Clinton with 24 million jobs created, and Bush Jr. with a net total of 2 million jobs. The deficits, even without the wars, exploded. And he refused to do the responsible thing, and repeal some of the tax cuts, that were not working as advertised, but creating their own abnormalities in investments, and what we got was not real growth, but paper profits. That eventually collapsed, bringing the economy down with it. That’s why I say, enough of the con already. The economy is a combination of government working with business, and vice versa. Not, billionaires fighting an ideological war to eliminate government, because they don’t see the need for it, from their exalted perches. Or, the regulations, which are about the only rules they have, and they of course, want them gone. Well, contrary to a very devoted group of wealth o philes, one can be fabulously rich, and still be wrong.

      • Jim Bean

        You’re confident that the government is smart enough to get wealthier by taking money from the rich through force and against their will. I’m confident the wealthy are smart enough, in this global economy, to thwart their attempts. We’ll see, but I note your colleagues are complaining the wealthy are already too good at that.

      • charleo1

        If business was smart, and I believe they are. They wouldn’t want an economy like Mexico. A few very wealthy individuals at the top, and everybody else poor as church mice. So, If we’re smart, we’ll get away from the stupid idea that governments have no place in a society. And therefore should have no authority to establish an economy that profits more than just the upper 1% or so. If we don’t like the idea of government being concerned with things that used to be job benefits. Maybe we ought to figure out why so many people are not receiving those benefits any longer. It’s gotta come from somewhere. You sound like a billionaire. Or, are incapable of figuring out, which side of the piece of bread you’re holding is buttered on. Everything is a competition my friend. And everyone is on one side or the other.

      • charleo1

        The goal is not a wealthier government. The goal is an economy that produces positive results across the income spectrum. That doesn’t mean, by the way, everyone makes the same salary. That risk is not rewarded. But neither can hard work be devalued. That means there must be opportunities. Which is another way of saying, there must be more ladders, or pathways to success created. Where when enough effort is applied, one may expect the social mobility, the case of finding oneself better off, better able to provide for their families, and provide for themselves the financial security, that should be the ultimate pay off, for the hard work invested. For many people this has not been the case, over the last 20/30 years. And this is not some Socialist perception. The numbers are all very clear on this. The problem begins when those opportunities shrink, the odds become longer for too many, and people stop believing in possibilities, and start to feel as though the system is rigged, and stacked aganist them. That they are no longer simply treading water, they’re having a hard time keeping themselves from slipping back to where they were when they started. And, the fact the rich are getting much richer, and much faster than they’ve ever done so in our lifetimes, tells them all they need to know. And we hear from a political establishment, we need to do more of what we’ve been doing. But, what’s been happening for far too many, is they are worse off. So, it is absurd really, to describe these people as advocating the forceable impoverishment of the wealthy. Your conclusions are those of an ideologue. You only see one side. The privileged are privileged, not from a skewed system that unfairly rewards them. You ignore all the
        evidence to the contrary. And claim it’s because the rich, they work harder or are smarter, or better positioned by their social standing. That inequity, even the exaggerated inequities the current economy, and tax system has created is just as it should be. Or would be, if the government would step aside. I could not disagree more.

      • Jim Bean

        Actually, I agree with you. But you’re the ideologue. I’m the realist.

      • charleo1

        I’m the good kind of ideologue then. Ha!

      • Jim Bean

        Clinton signed NAFTA into law. Ten times a week I have to listen to that flagship of liberalism, New York, advertise ten years of having to pay no taxes to any business locating in their state. What does that mean? Why do liberals preach one thing and practice the opposite?

      • charleo1

        Your comment assumes I agreed with everything Clinton did. Which would not be the case by a mile. I’m sure you didn’t agree with Bush all the time. Clinton made plenty of mistakes. A lot of them, going along with the Republican Congress he had for the majority of his turn in office. But, that pointed out, he was the President, and NAFTA has turned out to be a monumental mistake. Much like his repealing Glass-Steagall, and other deregulations of Wall Street, that set the stage for the financial collapse of the markets. The outsourcing of 10 million jobs to cheap labor that took place between 1998, and 2008, that made the events in the fall of 2008, all that much worse. As I said, economic events are inter-connected, and a mistake in policy made decades or more ago, will come around, and bite everybody in the ass, long after the President in question has left office. I’m still waiting for a President that admits these lopsided trade deals have been a disaster for the U.S. And we need to tear them up, in the light of their effects, and start over. So far, I’ve heard nada about it from either side. Which says a lot about both Parties, if one thinks about it.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        budget surplus/ massive job creation/ no wars/ didn’t inhale????
        sounds better than the republican crap laid on us over the past 3 decades

      • Sandra Winnemueller

        You’re right on. The only reason that it looks like we have a surplus is that he kept the shared revenue in the state instead of returning it to the counties. We have about 60 out of the 72 counties that are just skirting bankruptcy because of this. Also the 300 million that was supposed to go to mortgage recipients as part of a Federal deal when BoA was sued for scamming borrowers on their home loans – was stolen from them by Walker and put into that pot too. He never gave it to the thousands of home owners that got bad deals on their mortgages and have either lost their homes or are now deeply underwater on their mortgages. We should not forget about the fact that when he was County Administrator of Milwaukee county, he privatized the entire prison system there, fired the unionized public workers there and turned it all over to a for-profit prison system. While they had it there were so many abuses of power and so many lawsuits against them for mistreatment and one woman died due to being incorrectly restrained and no one checked on her all night. In the morning they found her dead. The County Board had to step in and take it away from Walker and give it back to the public workers. All of those public workers had to be reimbursed for their lost wages and benefits because of him. It was a fiasco! It cost them millions to get the prison back in working order again.

      • Dee

        Sadly there was never the 1 billion dollar surplus Gov. Walker preached on a year ago that bought him votes. Anyone replying saying there was where was it? Where did it go? Gov. Walker has been and is still tearing this state up. We are further in state debt than a year ago. Sandra your right in saying he has/is abusing power, steals from one pot and puts it in another and not for the good of the people of Wisconsin. Makes me sick people can’t research on their own do some math and say what the heck is going on? As I stated earlier the state of Wisconsin is being left with a big pile of $hit.

      • charleo1

        Very well said! Now, it’s seems Governor Walker is
        thinking about the Presidency. Contemplate, that
        disaster for a moment. Tim Pawlenty, also claimed
        he had done this wonderful job with Minnesota’s
        State finances. Turned out nothing but a little creative
        accounting, that had the State drowning in debt, when
        all the bills he had essentially put off paying, came due. With these Republicans lately it seems, there’s always a fix that’s in. A con afoot somewhere.

      • thomasbone63

        You are a typical asshole.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        ahem Thomas,,,,,,, ahem: jim bean is a typical regressive white trash crybaby un informed pseudo Christian republican asshole
        =======================================
        please be more accurate :))

      • charleo1

        I’m trying to find out. Did Obama do this by dictatorial fiat?
        I think he should have Chris Cristie’d him, and ask if Walker
        was planning on endorsing Tammy Baldwin? (Sen.D. WI)

      • white trash religious teaparty

        luv the crybaby sarcasm,,,,,,,, bottom line: wither U are for government or not——- just as regressive repubs Jindal and Bachmann and all the others who CRY for fed money; yet CRY to make fed small…… BYTHEWAY: look up the size of the government workforce: smallest since 1966. bigger expansive govt? Hmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,

      • CherMoe

        Another asshat who thinks that because it gets cold outside, that there is no global warming. Can you people pull your heads out of your butt long enough to READ and understand the science behind the EXTREME weather patterns being caused by global warming, which is caused by polluting and destroying this planet? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that man’s greed and putting chemicals in the water, land and air is going to harm our earth. If you think we can continue polluting and poisoning this planet without doing harm, you need your head examined.

        And yeah, just like Chris Christie made a big deal and a photo op with President Obama when asking for Federal Aid for Hurricane Sandy, and then used that money to pay off friends, help friends with building projects, promote himself on his way to the Presidency, etc. while REFUSING to direct that aid to the hard-hit areas that desperately needed help. We know how this works with Republicans. And it’s always their OWN WALLETS that they are lining with those greenbacks. There is not a ONE of them who is concerned about the people of the states they are charged to work for and to represent. They are ALL corporate shills.

      • Jim Bean

        You hit on one that I agree with at, at least in principle. “Chemicals in water.” When the toxic cocktail brewing in the hundreds of thousands of square miles of garbage that we are mindlessly burying directly over our water tables finally begins seeping into them – and it will pretty much happen everywhere at around the same time – you’ll be asking yourself how supposedly intelligent people could have been distracted by things so comparatively benign as climate change and oil pipelines, in between asking yourself where you are going to get uncontaminated water to drink and food to eat.

      • jupitor

        That’s a Federal Program that despense’s money to each state for heating an cooling every year for the Elderly/low income. It has NOTHING to do with the state allocating money assistance. What Walker asked for was up an beyond what the Government gives for that. Walker asked for disastor aid. When Christie did it at least he was up front, meet the President face to face like a man after Sandy hit them!! Walker is a sneaky little slim ball who attempts to tell every one he has a 1 billion dollar surplus, but come crawling on his hands an knee’s to the Federal Government to cover his winter expense!! While he’s doing that he’s cutting off Funding at the Wisconsin University too. Claiming they don’t have the funds to fully fund this coming year programs———-So the University has to find yet more ways to cut, after last years cuts!! You tell me what the hell the man is saving the 1 billion for!! It’s not to keep the poor/elderly or low income warm this winter. It dam sure isn’t getting used on their sad educational system there! My guess is it will go to the 1% for a Tax break to make sure his campaign continues to get funded from the very rich!

      • Dee

        Great points! Where was there ever a 1 Billion dollar surplus except words out of Walkers mouth? A year later, no 1 Billion dollar surplus and Wi and further in debt. Cutting crucial programs. I also gave Christie some points for being forward on asking for federal aid and not sneaking around like Walker did.

  • Jim

    Not to mention he takes one week of unmeployment from all of us seasonal workers. I never now how long I will be laid off and I am eligible for 9k in U.C. but I will not use even half of that, yet he takes one week from me? What logic is that?

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Amazing. Governor Walker brags about a billion dollars surplus created by the decimation of public sector unions. Now, Governor Walker is calling for “public” monies? Isn’t that “socialism”? Let him call Hank from King of the Hill. He will deliver cheap propane to the State of Wisconsin.

    • strayaway

      Let’s say that Walker actually was asking for federal money. If other states are entitled to such funds and Wisconsin taxpayers have paid into providing for these funds, what is hypocritical about this request? The amount Walker claims to have saved is dubious but that had to do with State taxation and spending rather than federal.

      It’s like when liberals criticize conservatives for cashing social security checks even though they were forced to pay into social security for decades or for utilizing legal tax breaks. It’s a double standard.

      I would take this a step further and ask why the federal government even provides such funding. It sounds like another whimsical program that could be eliminated.

      • Veritas vos Liberabit

        There’s nothing wrong about asking the Federal Government for State help. I agree. But let’s be fair and equal. Former President Bush abandoned the victims of hurricane Katrina. Left them there to fend for themselves. Most recently, the House of Reps blocked FEMA aid to the victims of hurricane Sandy in the eastern coast. So, how is it that the Governor of Wisconsin is asking the Federal Government for help with a problem that cannot compare with those two catastrophic natural acts of God? A propane “shortage” is a scheme by Governor Walker to syphon aid from the Federal Government especially since according to him, Wisconsin has a $1 billion surplus.

      • strayaway

        The State and federal budgets are separate. Although Walker is even related George Walker Bush and they are both neocons, and Walker is usually guilty of manipulating figures, if the people of Wisconsin have paid taxes into some sort of slush fund for such problems, they have as much right to it as residents of other states.

        New Orleans was an example of Bush as well as the Democratic governor and the Democratic mayor. I would give all three F’s. But starting with Bush, I don’t know what constitutional mandate even requires the federal government to be bailing out people who choose to build houses on land below sea level in New Orleans or on top of earthquake faults in California for that matter. That said, Bush did a horrible job of using what unconstitutional assumptions of power he believed himself to have.

        The mayor wouldn’t use hundreds of school busses which were eventually under water because he was hoping someone would send him Greyhounds. This is before he moved to Texas. The Mayor’s office did not reply to an amtrak offer to fill trains it was evacuating from the city so they left empty. Instead, residents were sent to the Superdome which was not rated to survive the category 4 hurricane that was supposed to hit. Had it not weakened and veered to Missisippi, hundreds or thousands of people would have died there. It was a lesson in counting on government for protection.

      • Dee

        First- He DID ask and DID receive.

        The GOP/Republicans do not want to fork out Federal Aid Money to help people.
        Take a look at votes for giving Federal Aid out.
        Check HIS votes out.
        Hint- No, No and more No.
        The GOP says States should take care of themselves.
        Taking Federal money is a handout and makes you a “taker”!
        GOP says Big Government is bad!
        The GOP says taking Federal aid funds is making our Federal Debt go up!
        Then Gov. Walker asks for Federal relief aid after going on TV interviews saying we have a Billion dollar surplus and our State is doing great!
        It’s the GOP NoNo! Do not take Federal Funds!
        Then Gov. Walker ASKS for Federal funds even though we have (Walker SAYS we have, I have my doubts) a Billion dollar surplus.
        Gov. Walkers GOP “taker” views and ALL his gloating about ALL our extra money WI has to make himself look good for re-election. Which he was really spreading all this cash we have around real thick to the press is what has people ticked off.
        Gov. Walkers Normal GOP “taker” views and his mouth saying WI has all this extra money is what ticks people off.

      • strayaway

        Dee, please use names and nouns instead of pronouns to make your self more clear who you are talking about from the start. For the

        You are applying a double standard. First, Democrats and many Republicans compel everyone to shell out money for all their programs. Then, under your rules, only Democrats or states that can’t manage their own state budgets should be allowed to benefit from those programs. Think of it this way. Should Social Security benefits be paid out only to people with bad luck or bad habits or to everyone who paid into Social security?

      • Dee

        Sorry you can’t follow along.

        Gov. Walkers Normal GOP “taker” “Big Government is bad,” “States should take care of themselves” views and his mouth saying WI has all this extra money is what ticks people off. Not that people DO need help. Yes they pay in. I agree with that. They do need help.

        I do not agree with Gov. Walker putting people down for needing help or not voting to help people then Gov. Walker asking for help he denies others.

        Gov. Walker is a hypocrite asking for Federal Aid and has been telling any reporter about how WI has a Billion dollar surplus. For his(Gov. Walker’s) re-election time buy your vote promoting. It ticks people off.

      • Raylusk

        How about this? Red states shouldn’t rely on the federal government for help because red states already get more federal money then they pay in taxes while blue states are the opposite. Combine this with conservatives always preaching about a balanced federal budget and a small federal budget makes them hypocrites for allowing red states to suck so much off the federal government teat.

      • strayaway

        Federal revenue to states have to do with a number of things including whether there are huge service bases, ship building yards, forests and other federal property. The largest net recipient state not including DC per capita is Florida because of all the people that go there to collect Social Security.

      • Raylusk

        So? Federal money is money. Red states get more of it then they contribute. They are the ones driving the federal deficit for whatever reason. Yet they are the same ones that complain about a big federal government and the deficit yet don’t want to give up any of that federal money. That is called being hypocritical.

      • strayaway

        Florida gets the most federal dollars per capita. I don’t consider it a red state. The question is whether a given state is entitled to money according to whatever criteria the federal government established not whether some people in that state complain about the federal government. I mean, that’s just fuzzy thinking.

      • Raylusk

        Florida has been red for years. But it is quickly turning blue thanks to bad conservative policies and the conservative hypocrisy. But you can’t even get right about what Florida receives in federal revenue compared to what they pay in federal taxes. They aren’t even in the top tne when it comes to the amount of revenue per capita they receive compared to taxes they pay. There is no fuzzy thinking going on with me but there certainly is a lack of facts occurring with you. It is hypocritical for red states to demand the federal government get smaller and shrink the deficit when those same red states refuse to give up their generous federal dollars. Until conservatives acknowledge the problem with the red states receiving an excess of federal dollars it is difficult to take them seriously when they demand the federal government spend less money. If the red states aren’t willing to take a financial hit and they aren’t because they cry whenever a military base might be closed in their state or when the post office wants to close facilities in their states then they don’t really want to solve the problem. All they want do do is continue to live on the federal dime. That is pure hypocrisy. I won’t debate this with you any longer. If you can’t see the problem then your partisan bias runs to deep for facts to influence you. Good bye.

      • strayaway

        Florida topped the list that I looked at. I would call Florida a purple state. If I recall, Florida has a Democratic governor, voted Obama in 2012, and wound up in the Supreme Court after Democrats tried to litigate a Gore victory there. Loke up the wikipedia article “federal spending and revenue by state” if you want to quarrel with Florida leading the pack with 4.32x the federal spending overrevenue.

        Your concern over perceived hypocrisy rather than the rule of law is a definition of fuzzy thinking. Whether or not someone doesn’t want to spend or waste money doesn’t make a bit of difference as to whether they are entitled to receive benefits under the law. if you don’t like the law change it so you could just hand money out to your friends Fuzzy.

      • Jim Bean

        They continue to elect the conservative legislators who fight for smaller government. That tells me they’re consciously willing to accept some trimming to their ‘generous federal dollar’ receipts. Otherwise, they’d vote them out wouldn’t they?

      • Raylusk

        It can tell you what ever you want it to tell you but reality is that Florida continues to receive more money from the federal government then they contribute back. They also continue to accept money from the federal government when the inevitable hurricanes damage Florida. I would say the actions of Florida are what is really important and they demonstrate by their actions that they want to live off the federal government teat. So now why don’t you quit excusing the hypocrisy of these red states with your inane comments.

      • charleo1

        The issue is not that the taxpayers of Wisconsin have paid
        into the Federal Government to support just such programs,
        that in the philosophy of the Democratic Left says, are within the proper role of a Central Government. The issue is, if we had adhered to the policies of the Conservative Right, a Central Government would not have the financial ability, nor even the responsibility to assist the State in the first place. Now, where all the hypocrisy begins, is when Right Wing politicians gripe about a bloated, wasteful Washington. Borrowing money from China, to spend, so they say, to buy things the Country don’t need. When the only reason they are able to cut taxes, which by and large go to the rich, and balance their budgets. Is by taking more from the Federal Government, than they send to the Federal Government. In other words, they are making money on the same system they’re constantly criticizing,
        for the very reason they’re criticizing it. And, the entire time, touting their Party’s superior prowess, on all things fiscal. Plus, it’s galling to the Democratic Left, that their supporters aren’t usually clever enough to recognize they’re being fed a line of BS. They also seldom know the difference between a Federal Tax, or State, or Local tax. But that’s another issue altogether. What makes Republicans a bit hypocritical as they deposit their well deserved Social Security checks, or Medicare pays for that hip operation that would have otherwise, set them back, $50 grand, or more. Is they support the Party, that if it had had it’s way, they would have had neither. And more hypocrisy is added, when they oppose the Democratic Party for it’s guiding principals, that created those two very handy, nest egg protectors. That I’ll bet they’re secretly glad they have. Even if it did come from a bloated, overbearing, Federal Government. You may argue the hypothetical, and say people would have saved that money deducted from their paychecks, and been just fine in their golden years. And had enough money saved to pay for all their medical care as well. You may argue that. But, only after you put on your rose colored glasses, and suspend reality.

      • strayaway

        Somehow, the Amish get by without Social Security and maybe Medicare on fairly low average incomes. It’s too bad other people aren’t offered the same option. Another option would be for states to run their own such programs. Unlike you, I don’t begrudge anyone who has been forced into paying for those programs from receiving the benefits they were forced to work for.

      • charleo1

        Are you Amish? Live, and work in a setting where your associates are obligated to care for you, and your family, if you get sick or injured? When you get too old? The Amish work as a collective, so, they are still, “forced,” to contribute to something. Did you know before SS, 67%, that’s 2/3 of Americans died broke? That’s partly because, in those days more than half of us lived on family farms. So, lucky parents lived on at the farm, while their children, or one of them took over. Today, less than 15% of us make our living on the family farm. Yes, States could do it, some would, some would half ass it, then what? SS is the most effective anti-poverty program ever devised. Most of the industrialized world copy it.
        So why, other than to just be intentionally contrary, would you want to reinvent the wheel? Look, we have a lot of people right now, that work full time, and don’t earn enough to pay for their basic living expenses. So, what on earth would happen to these people without SS? Again, they would not save, and then, have nothing or very little for their old age. So, their kids would have to take care of them. (There’s a law in China that requires just that.) Just at the time the kids are buying their home, saving for their kids education, and preparing as best they can for their own eventual retirement one day. Believe me, if you’re young, you’re going to have plenty of investments you make in life. But, contributing to SS/Medicare, will not be one of those investments toward your future, you’ll be sorry you made. That’s if, we can keep the damn Republicans out of it.

      • strayaway

        I’m not Amish but they prove that even people on a low income do not need Social Security. You are right though that some people would be in trouble if they didn’t change their ways. I am not even advocating getting rid of Social Security. I would rather bring the troops home, end corporate welfare, and take a number of other measures first. Some states would probably botch it while other States would do a superior job of managing their own money.

        Considering that President Clinton raided Social Security coffers to balance his budget and that SS benefits do not keep up with the actual cost of living, I don’t think that too many states would do a worse job of it.

        One thing missing in your critique was a lack of acknowledgement that a lot of our fiscal problems that drive people into poverty such as policies that export our jobs and bring in cheap foreign labor to compete for any remaining jobs are created by the government you see as our salvation.

      • charleo1

        No, my friend. By writing me back, you’ve proven that if people keep talking to each other, and not past one another, they’ll find a lot of things to agree on. Like cutting our military obligations, that haven’t changed much, since Khruschchev was banging his shoe at the UN, promising to bury us. We still keep 50,000 troops in a united Germany, waiting for the Soviet tanks to cross the tripwire into West Germany. Just as if both the Soviet Union, or Khruschchev, were still alive. The reality of a global economy is no Right Wing canard. The competition is heating up, and we’re still footing the bill for half the world’s security. In many places they’d just as soon we’d leave. It’s absurd! Corporate welfare, and lopsided trade policies are killing our economy. While corporate profits built on the back of cheap African, and Asian labor, are soaring to record levels. I believe whatever one’s flavor of politics may be, these are undeniable circumstances obvious in their need to be changed. Evidenced in the fact, no other industrialized country is handling the global change in interconnected trade, and finance in such a disastrous way, to their own economies as is the United States. The fact is, if we want a more autonomous population, free from dependency on big government. Then, we’re going to need to be willing to do some rebalancing of the economy, minus the ridiculous caterwauling about Socialism, every time a hedge fund managers taxes go up a click or two. Or, somebody just mentions raising the minimum wage. Because, things like food, housing, and healthcare, are things people who don’t have them, aren’t really aren’t all that partisan about where they come. They don’t mind working for them. In fact, prefer they come with their job. So, if smaller government is the goal, there’s a real easy way to make that happen. If the idea is that people will just do without these things, to keep the fat cat’s profits high, and their taxes low, I’m afraid they’ve badly overplaying a really good hand. And are going to be very very disappointed in the outcome.

      • strayaway

        Another thing we don’t particularly disagree on is minimum wage legislation especially at the State level or associated with federal contracts. Minimum wages would have to be tied with import taxes though to avoid chasing more jobs out of the Country. As you suggest. minimum wage increases could reduce the need for a lot of expensive to run social programs and actually result in smaller government.

      • charleo1

        It’s a balance in the most general macro sense of
        the circumstance. There’s nothing particularly onerous in the Government, Federal or State, addressing an imbalance in the economy. And it’s not a case where a ham handed government drives a Mom, and Pop ice cream shop out of business. But, demanding that extremely profitable corporations like Walmart, get their hand out of the Federal cookie jar. By taking complete advantage of having three people show up for a job opening. Then, hiring all three part time, for as little as the law allows. Then, making part of their job orientation, instructions on how to fill out the forms for food stamps, and section 8 housing. And I swear I am not making that up.

      • strayaway

        I realize you aren’t making that stuff up. I would prefer an import tax and the punishment of employers of illegal aliens to create a shortage of US workers so only one person might show up at the Walmart job application desk and then only if Walmart offered $20/hour.

      • Sandra Winnemueller

        wow, now that is sad. I did not know that. We have Wisconsin Corporate farms that Walker loves and has vowed to make it as easy as pie to open one and to get all kinds of good government subsidies to help them out. As if they need any help. Did you know that farmers of any size pay almost nothing in real estate taxes. $1.48/acre is what they pay around here. And for some reason, the bigger the farm, the less they pay. Did you know that farms are exempt from gasoline taxes? They are exempt from paying for a license plate or even a registration fee. They don’t add anything to taking care of the roads even though their 120,000 lb manure and milk tankers rip up our roads and bust them up, they help collapse our smaller bridges, they create traffic issues when they park on the sides of the roads to offload their liquid manure into the fields surrounding our homes. Their manure tanker drivers don’t even need to have a CDL. How can that be? They can drive those tankers even if they have never driven one before in their lives. When they run off the road and tip over spilling all of that liquid manure, they dont’ even get fined. All they get is a “Notice of Violation” which is nothing. Just a piece of paper. It’s all bullshit.

      • Sandra Winnemueller

        all very good points. We have over 1100 military bases in other countries which is completely insane. How much money does that take just to keep them open? How many do we really need all over the world? How do we change this stupid system and end the control of the military industrial congressional complex has on our budget and the lack of funds that we can provide to all of the other programs that are being starved
        ?

      • charleo1

        All very good points! And a question not answered, as corporate tax rates are bemoaned as being the highest in the World. While we underwrite the lion’s share of the security of Western Europe, and an expanding NATO. Then, keep the oil lanes open for those Middle Eastern producers. While thru open ended treaties we provide billions to Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and S, Korea, in arms, munitions, and manpower at the ready. Of course, Israel remains our largest benefactor in this regard. While another two trillion is spent domestically every year, subsidizing some of the most profitable corporations in the World. Many of those having managed to outsource some 15 million of our jobs, (and counting,) since the year 2000. Yet, we continue to hear
        politicians call for the complete elimination of corporate
        taxes. Just cancel them out! Then, who pays Well, how
        can we stop it? We must prioritize getting the huge sums of money out of our political process. Vote for the
        brave candidate who promises to stand against it. It’s
        tough, no impossible, unless a large enough number of
        Americans recognize what’s causing the insanity, and
        demands real reforms on this.

      • Teresa

        Refreshingly articulate, well-informed and respectful posts Charlieo1! I’m enjoying reading this! Thank you.

      • Sandra Winnemueller

        We also had an Amish family that lost their farm nearby here because they couldn’t make any money on the produce that they sold. They were being undercut by the factory farms and not receiving any of the subsidies that the factory farms got so good at getting. How fair is that?The Farm Bill (heavily influenced by the Dairy Business Association which is a very rich lobbying group) is geared to the rich factory farms and only help them get bigger and bigger, thereby putting the small guys out of business.

      • Sandra Winnemueller

        I took care of an Amish gentleman about two years ago. All he did was cry because he was losing his farm. He had hurt his back, had no insurance and was being expected to pay for his spinal fusion and would be losing his farm soon afterward. It broke my heart. All he knew how to do was to farm and he was having to move into an apartment with his wife and kids. It was horrible. The social worker was trying to help get onto Medicaid so at least they didn’t starve and freeze to death since it was winter time.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        the hypocrisy is crying ( when regressive shitbag republicans are watching) about BIG GOVT as U are asking BIG GOVT for dollars.
        similar to republican governors demanding disaster funds for hurricanes and tornadoes while saying NO to OTHER states disasters

      • strayaway

        yawn

      • white trash religious teaparty

        try exercise,it will get those dormant cells moving— perhaps enough so U can get wisdom? ( no)

  • thomasbone63

    Just goes to show you that Republicans speak with fork tongue.

  • victor67

    Maybe state’s should have a central bank just like the federal government so each state can create money any time they want and not have do silly things like cutting spending. If it’s good enough for the federal government why should it not be good for state’s?

    • Raylusk

      Perhaps Red states should quit being hypocrites since most red states receive more federal money then they give in taxes while with blue states it’s the opposite. What a bunch of hypocrites.

  • Ekaterina Kaverina

    Allen Clifton for office

  • MandingoAteYourBaby

    Just how gullible does he think his state is that they will fall for his buyoff in this election year? Bush’s tax cuts have only added a trillion and a half to the debt so far, how much does Walker expect his will cost?

    • ChazMikel

      He knows his supporters are gullible and they comprise about half of the state population (“…it’s just a bruise, besides I know he really loves me. You just don’t understand him…”). Combine that with huge amounts of laundered Koch (and others) money, their strategists, a purchased press, and a current majority in every branch of state government. He is probably as amazed as anyone how well his keepers tend his flock and expects it to stay that way. Not to mention the Democrats can’t find a compelling candidate to run that would easily put an end to this nightmare. So four years from now, don’t be too surprised by that toxic crater of anarchy up in the central North, that used to be Wisconsin.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Onama is just conciliatory enough to give it. He should be taking back ALL the subsidies on Wisconsin since they have a 10% surplus.

  • Anotherfamily

    As a WI resident, I have to say, it’s outrageous that he is boasting a surplus at all. He has a “surplus”, if you can call that, because he stripped over $800 million out of public schools and $250 million out of the University system. That’s not including all the cuts he made to the salary and benefits of police, fire and teachers. I don’t want the lousy 40 or 50 bucks I’d get back, i want it put back into the schools where it was taken from. Our schools are not keeping up and kids are being left behind because of his cuts…imagine that, from the party who coined the term “no child left behind”.

  • jake

    And it works, I was wondering why it works because some republicans are really smart and some are not smart at all then it dawned on me, the voters who vote for them dont think for themselves they listen to fox and listen to politicians who tell them what to think and then they think it. I was taught to question everything and believe nothing I read or hear until I definitively know for sure by thoroughly Investigating what I learn on rather its fact or fiction. And believe me most of what you hear is untrue.

  • LadyeCatte

    So.. the state of Wisconsin is going to just sit on the large amount of money they’ve got, rub some dirt on their faces and hold out their grimy hands for federal aid? Isn’t that what the Republicans (falsely) accuse poor people on welfare of doing?

    • Dee

      It’s what Scott Walker does.

  • dagobarbz

    This just in, Red States are black holes…

  • Rhena

    If an individual tried this, it would be considered welfare fraud (Having a fortune in the bank and asking for assistance)

  • Milwaukee Mike

    Calling the Governor a hypocrite for this make no sense. If you had a fire that burned down your garage, would you take the money you have built up in your savings or retirement to pay for the repairs instead of using the homeowners insurance you have been paying into for years?

    • Dee

      Most people don’t go around saying car/home insurance is a bad thing to have and use if needed.
      Gov. Walker says giving people money from the federal government is bad.
      States should take care of themselves and not expect the federal government to help.
      Big government is bad.
      Gov. Walker votes against giving help to others when they ask and need help.
      Having the Gov say it is bad and don’t want to give it to others who need it and then he ASKS and gets help for it how do you not see that as being a hypocrite?
      Especially after he was spouting off about the 1 Billion dollar surplus (I don’t believe there really a surplus, but hey it’s election year!)
      People are mad that he bad mouths and fights against others who try to receive federal help, brags to the media about the 1 Billion surplus then he asks for federal help.
      Where is his views NOW that States should take care of themselves? Getting federal aid from the big bad government is BAD.
      But it apparently is OK for Gov. Walker to do!
      That is a GOP hypocrite.
      People(most) are not upset about people in WI really needing help and receiving it.
      They are mad about Gov. Walker and his hypocritical ways.

  • aclay

    I hate it when an article is begun that is so far from the truth, it’s very core is a lie from the first 3 to 5 words. The lie is then set in stone to be a lie, of course, this is a one of the brightest shining lies of the left wing liberal Allen Clifton. Someone that should be disallowed to put print to media. Walker asked Obama for federal logistical assistance in getting propane
    delivered because there is a shortage. He didn’t ask for ‘money’ to help
    pay for it. Government asistence the other way around Walker gave 7 Mill for fictional Global warming. The government has programs allocated to states for quicker resonse so he uses these remedies and the writer makes up these entire sets of lies to punish him for being a successful Republican, the writer desires to paint him as his favored democrats that controlled the government in Detroit. Requesting such assistance. It’s there and The Fed has control over it’s emergency relief. This writer ask that the people, Republicans freeze to death because they’re Republicans, those who pay the majority of taxes not reap what they paid for. A. Clifton is another mentally ill “lying” liberal SHAMEFUL DOLT, or just a DOLT, being a paid useful idiot for the DNC

  • bstar53

    Here in Manitowoc ultra-conservative ex-Assemblyman but still county exec Bob Ziegelbauer supported sending the train money back and rejecting Medicaid money saying it was still tax dollars had accepted close to 15 mil to keep the Manitowoc airport open after the local corporate customers withdrew their support and corporate jets.

  • glogrrl

    When pigs fly, Walker. Call your buddy David Koch and see if he has any loose change lying around. You’re in bed with the Koch Brothers….you might as well hit them up for a little domestic support.

  • Sandra Winnemueller

    Most of our counties are dead broke and can’t help the citizens that live there because Walker collected taxes from those counties for the “shared revenue” that should then be distributed back to the counties. Unfortunately, he kept that money instead. Our roads are suffering, our schools and social programs are suffering and running on fumes. He is a cretin and a troll. He is cutting all of our public infrastructure funds, and now cutting 300 million from the UW system and trying to change it’s mission statement. I really really wish he would go away.

  • Dee

    Here I am a year later… So Walker believers, a year later how is our state debt? (Hint higher than a year ago) Where did the so called 1 BILLION dollar surplus go Gov. Walker was preaching on to get re-elected? Seriously where is it? Where was it ever at? How do you think Walker is doing now a year later for Wisconsin? Keep a eye on the Wisconsin State debt clock people- http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-wisconsin-debt-clock.html