This is a guest post by Timothy Riley
$688,000 and counting, that is the amount of taxpayer dollars the Republican Legislators and the Governor have paid private law firms to date to draw and defend redistricting maps designed to create a one party system and disenfranchise voters.
Some of these funds were in fact spent to draft contractual “secrecy agreements” under which these same Republican legislators swore to keep the truth regarding the drawing process and content of the maps a “secret” from the very constituents they were elected to serve.
Before all is said and done the legal fees paid to private law firms will easily surpass one million dollars. The Governor has in fact authorized an additional $637,000 in future fees to the law firm protecting his interests. Make no mistake about it, the taxpayer monies are committed solely to protect his and the Republican legislators interests and not those of we the people.
Add this to the approximately four million dollars the Republicans spent on the Voter ID law more commonly and, perceptively, known as the voter suppression act. Legislation, again, enacted solely in the interest of disenfranchising voters to consolidate their power and create a one party system.
Their passion to subvert a democratic State was never more evident than in the repeal of collective bargaining rights and the attendant restrictions they enacted to destroy public sector unions.Under the propaganda, the, “big lie”, if you will that the repeal of collective bargaining rights was necessary to balance the State Budget. They have continued to spew this lie even after the Governor was compelled to testify,under oath, that the repeal did not save the State,”one nickle”. They have continued to spew this lie even after the Senate Republicans extracted the provisions from the Budget Bill and passed them in the dead of night as a separate measure. Thus conceding that the repeal of collective bargaining rights was not a monetary budget item and in fact had no fiscal impact.
The true impact and intent of the legislation was to destroy a perceived political enemy and power base of the opposition all in the interest of creating a one party system.
On the other side of the ledger the Governor and his acolytes’ unbridled assault on education, consumer rights,woman’s rights,the environment,health care, the elderly, the working poor and disabled has been conducted at the behest and will of their corporate masters who,in return, fill their campaign coffers. Not content with mere direct campaign contributions, they then spend millions more through 501(c)(3) “corporations” on bogus “issue advocacy” ads. Hence the Koch Bros. funded “It’s Working” tripe that has been flooding our airwaves. Or, as I refer to it,30 lies in 60 seconds.
The unfettered flow of cash to the Governor and his legislative cronies further serves to foster and create their desired one party system.In short there is no expense too great, no act too devious, no lie too big to dissuade their pursuit of the consolidation and perpetuation of their power and control.
This is a guest post by Timothy Riley
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Greetings from Austin Texas, where a lot of people I know stand with you, and support you guys up there in the midwest. I truly hope you guys win against “Herr Adolph Walker”. Now if we can only get rid of that joke of a governor we have down here. Hoping and praying for this country like never before….it’s the 60’s all over again, only worse.
Thanks for the support, Bill! And thanks for reminding me that it could be worse. We could have your governor! Is he still wearing that Brokeback Mountain coat? I sort of miss seeing him in that. 🙂 By the way – We try not to call Walker anything related to Adolph Hitler. The right wing gets really affronted and freaked out about it and they use it to draw away from the fact that Walker hates delivering services to the people of Wisconsin –people who paid for them in the first place. There is that whole take away worker rights thing that is reminiscent of what Hitler did – so I can see where people want to go there for that reason alone. And then there’s him trying to squash right to assemble and petition the gov’t at the
Capitol. [Gee, I’m nearly talking myself out of this. . . . ]