Monday, April 18, 2011

Forbes: Now Gov. Scott Walker Wants to Take Over Local Governments

As we're going through the budget debate, Republicans claim that they want smaller government and to focus on the economy. As we've seen them try to force a government shutdown over planned parenthood funding and invited Maggie Gallagher to testify last week about why same sex couples shouldn't be allowed to marry (more on this later), it's become apparent that the GOP leadership don't mind a big centralized government when it means they're able to impose their own agenda on the public.

A prime example of this can be seen in Wisconsin. When Gov. Walker rammed through legislation that would strip the public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights, he claimed he was just doing it because the unions were costing the state too much money. He still stuck to those claims after the unions granted him all the financial concessions he requested and literally hundreds of thousands of people came to Madison, Wisconsin to protest his decision. Now that he has already showed he doesn't care about the democratic process or the will of the people, Forbes is reporting that Walker is taking his actions a step forward by trying to take over localities that have financial policies he disagrees with.
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.
One would think all of the Tea Party activists would be up in arms about such a blatant power grab from Walker, but they are still standing by their man because he went after the supposedly evil unions. What this ultimately helps to illustrate is how Gov. Walker and his Tea Party supporters weren't interested in stripping workers of their rights for financial reasons. Instead, they did so in a drastic attempt to gain more power for themselves. Organized workers represented a threat to their political agenda and that was simply unacceptable in their opinion.

Since this power grab also highlights how Walker isn't done trying to impose a radical agenda, it also shows just how important the recall elections are of those Republican state senators who support Walkers agenda.

No comments:

Post a Comment