Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What an Idiot

If you're a school teacher who just got a lay-off notice in the mail, you wouldn't be able to get Wisconsin's governor-slash-union-buster Scott Walker on the phone.

But if you're some punk journalist posing as a billionaire (in this case, one of the dread brothers Koch), you can have a 20 minute conversation with the dude.

The transcript shows just what a tool Walker is.

There's this:

The Senate organization committee is going to meet and pass a rule that says if you don’t show up for two consecutive days on a session day, in the state Senate, the Senate chief clerk-it’s a little procedural thing here, but-can actually have your payroll stopped from being automatically deducted-

Murphy: Beautiful.

Walker: -into your checking account and instead-you still get a check, but the check has to be personally picked up and he’s instructing them-which we just loved-to lock them in their desk on the floor of the state Senate.
Changing the rules to fuck with people's pay? Nothing wrong with that.

Then there's this:
So we’re trying about four or five different angles, so each day we crank up a little bit more pressure. The other thing is I’ve got layoff notices ready. We put out the at-risk notices. We’ll announce Thursday, and they’ll go out early next week. And we’ll probably get 5 to 6,000 state workers will get at-risk notices for layoffs. We might ratchet that up a little bit, you know.
It seems pretty clear that Walker's not intending on laying off five to six thousand state employees. He just wants them to know they're at risk.

Which is just mean, if you think about it. You should actually hold those cards close to your chest and say nothing until the decision has already been made. What, you want to sap the spirit of your workforce?

But what's even dumber about it is that Walker thinks this is going to put pressure on the Democrats. He's threatening the livelihoods of thousands of people in the hopes that they'll take his side. What planet does this guy live on?


Anonymous said...


James said...

Who, the prankster or the governor?