Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be among friends today when he testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Walker will present the fiction that he solved a budget problem by stripping government workers of their collective bargaining rights.
We've all heard Walker's fantasies before. They're an attempt to disguise the ugly reality that he's doing the bidding of the billionaires and CEOs who fund his political ambitions. They want two things: more for themselves and less for workers.
The truth is that Scott Walker doesn't have a clue how to create jobs, and he has no intention of doing it.
His fellow Koch-ticians are all in on the game. They won't ask Walker why Wisconsin was projected to have a budget surplus when he took office. It was only after Walker rammed through corporate tax breaks that the budget was projected to be in deficit.
The Koch-funded committee members sure won't ask him about killing 20,000 government jobs through his budget cuts -- or the 9,900 private sector jobs that will also be lost because of reduced economic activity in Wisconsin.
And they won't say a word about the high-speed rail project that Walker pulled the plug on, along with 15,000 jobs that go along with it.
Walker's attacks on workers put $47 million of federal transit funding at risk in Wisconsin because bus systems must maintain the collective bargaining rights in place when they first received federal funds.
He gave back $23 million to the federal government, money that was to expand high-speed Internet in Wisconsin. It would have been used in libraries and schools and to improve police, fire and hospital communications in rural areas.
Walker's testimony will be pure political theater, bought and paid for by the Koch brothers.
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