Walker didn’t win election, money did

2012-06-19T23:45:00Z Walker didn’t win election, money didJim Hightower Muscatine Journal
June 19, 2012 11:45 pm  • 

“Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin,” screamed headlines across the country after the labor-bashing incumbent governor hung onto his job in the June 5 recall election.

Well, yes...but no. Walker will get to stay in office for the rest of his term, but he didn’t win the election — money did. This was a victory for the Citizens United edict issued two years ago by the Supreme Court’s five-man corporatist majority. This anti-democratic ruling opened the door for unlimited sums of corporate cash to barge into our national, state, and local elections and take charge. Walker is the first ugly sprouting of that alien seed.

He sacked up some $30 million from corporate interests — nearly eight times the money that his Democratic opponent had to spend. Two-thirds of Walker’s stockpile came from out of state. Bob Perry, an anti-labor, anti-government Texas tycoon, sank more than half-a-million bucks into his Wisconsin soul mate’s campaign. Likewise, the far-right DeVos family pitched in with a quarter-million dollars from its Amway fortune. So did Las Vegas casino baron Sheldon Adelson, the guy who bankrolled Newt Gingrich’s failed presidential bid.

Then came the insidious, secretive, “outside” campaigns that the Supremes green-lighted. Citizens United allowed corporations to dump mountains of their cash into elections. The multibillionaire, laissez-fairyland Koch brothers, for example, shoved at least $3 million behind Walker — practically all of which went to negative attacks against his opponent.

Some “victory.” Honest conservatives might take cheer that Walker still clings to the governor’s chair, but there can be no joy in the fact that money rules. That’s the lesson of this election. And that’s the real fight. To join it, go to Public Citizen’s grassroots rebellion: www.democracyisforpeople.org.

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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  1. gingerbread_man
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    gingerbread_man - June 20, 2012 8:53 am
    You seem to have all the facts, but why don't you show the figures to how much the Unions spent on trying to out Walker? It was a sizable sum but i'm sure that doesn't matter.

    The unions in Wisconsin were sucking the state dry and Walker had to trim the fat. You can thank walker for not leading Wisconsin down the road to financial ruin like we see in California.
  2. TheWatcher
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    TheWatcher - June 20, 2012 1:52 pm
    While Walker did have more money at his disposal, all during the campaign the polls showed him winning by a very wide margin... well, except in polls run by CNN or MSNBC.

    And I agree with gingerbread_man, the unions, specifically the medical benefits of public unions, were sucking the state dry and would get worse in the future.

    What so many failed to say is that Walker fired no public union members. The plan put forth by Wisconsin's AFSCME would have laid off their own members.
  3. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 20, 2012 2:29 pm
    It amusues Me how the "right" is against Union workers (public or private) being able to negotiate & bargain for their wages & benefits, yet the legislators have the ability to propose & vote for their own salaries & benifits. Or when they cut the workers wages & benefits are they at the same time going to cut theirs too? Fat chance; IMO!!

    I believe Mr Webster deems that the #1 definition of a "hypocrite"..........................
  4. It's All About YOU
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    It's All About YOU - June 20, 2012 2:35 pm
    It's All About YOU!

    It's been almost 4 years - Get over it.
  5. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 20, 2012 2:35 pm
    Or don't these exhorbitant compensation packages of elected officials also "suck the state dry"?!

    A letter to the editor was written a while ago stating the salaries & benefits of Our County Supervisor positions; I always knew they had a good "gig", just not how good it was especially considering it's classified as a "part time" position, yet has full-time compensation. & the public continues to vote for these clowns that keep voting themselves raises while cutting other government "costs".....
  6. Harry Von Zell
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    Harry Von Zell - June 20, 2012 4:52 pm
    Speaking of clowns.
  7. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 21, 2012 8:46 am
    Saw the funniest headline today............

    Gay conservative group endorses Romney.........

    Talk about oxy"morons"!!!

    Reread My posts from above, see NO mention of anything from 4 years ago. Gov. Walker took away the bargaining rights of State employees in the last year or so, & the recall election was earlier this month. Guess someone's reading comprehension isn't up to par, or just another avoidance of the facts from the "right". FACTS; a "right" winger's worst enemy.............
  8. gingerbread_man
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    gingerbread_man - June 21, 2012 9:56 am
    I will agree it's not right representatives can vote their own salary, but if you don't like that aspect, you need to call your congressmen.

    Listen, Pat, Wisconsin was going to go broke and the state NEEDED to cut areas which were draining their coffers. The union, the public union, which is a horrible idea to begin with, was sucking the taxpayer tit for too long.

    People should be thanking Wisconsin has an actual leader. His name is Scott Walker.
  9. CarolS
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    CarolS - June 21, 2012 11:13 am
    So cries the Wisconsin liberals!!! Whaaa!!!
    Walker didn't win.....money did.....WHAAA!!

    You libs just crack me up. You wanted this election. We had a recall of our Wisconsin govenor because the public unions wanted and worked for a recall.

    Now that it's over and you lose......you cry.

    Come up with a better excuse. If you didn't want to lose...you should of never started the fight.
  10. CarolS
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    CarolS - June 21, 2012 11:16 am
    Wha wha cry me a river. If you didn't want to lose, you never should have started the fight.
  11. Harry Von Zell
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    Harry Von Zell - June 21, 2012 11:41 am
    Speaking of an oxymoron.
  12. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 21, 2012 12:53 pm

    I mention gay conservatives & they start to "come out".......

    Too easy!
  13. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 21, 2012 12:58 pm
    I'm still guessing Mr walker would NEVER vote Himself a pay cut even if His state were so broke they were to start foreclosure proceedings on Wisconsin.

    Most likely scenario............raise the taxes on the lower & middle classes to raise revenue. & the "cons" continue to "eat it up"..................
  14. RuPaul
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    RuPaul - June 21, 2012 1:43 pm
    PatTracker - Hey sweetness!
  15. gingerbread_man
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    gingerbread_man - June 21, 2012 2:20 pm
    Pat, can you please attempt to stay on "track." Instead of actually defending your position, you go around name calling and acting like a whiney three year old.

    You and people like you are the problem with politics today: You're the fringe, and it's your way or the highway.

    What ever happened to true statesmen?
  16. Stefon
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    Stefon - June 21, 2012 4:41 pm
    That PatTracker is FAB-U-LUSCIOUS!
  17. RuPaul
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    RuPaul - June 21, 2012 8:42 pm
    Stefon, you're so right honey.

    That PatTracker is so FAB-U-LUSCIOUS!
  18. RuPaul
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    RuPaul - June 22, 2012 12:53 pm
  19. Smithers
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    Smithers - June 22, 2012 1:22 pm
    American democracy won in Wisconsin. People vote. Politicians campaign. To say anything else or point fingers is disingenuous and certainly insults the voter's intelligence. Facts are facts. Remember that Obama in 2008 rejected Federal campaign funding and then spent 740.6 million against McCain's 333 million. Who won? Shoe on a different foot? American democracy won in 2008 too. Did the liberal Jim Hightower complain about the spending back then? I can't find that anywhere. And his guy won.
  20. Big Bad Wolf
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    Big Bad Wolf - June 22, 2012 2:11 pm
    What do you have to say about that tracker?
  21. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 23, 2012 7:50 am
    I predicted months ago on here that by outspending His opponent by such a large amount it should be an overwhelming victory, so I'm not at all surprised. My prediction was & still is that by eradicating the Unions & therefore decent jobs for the middle class there will never be a recovery in this country. The biggest question is........after there are only the poor & the top %1, who will the %1 have then to take stuff from? Once there's no one to take from, then what? (cont)
  22. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 23, 2012 7:52 am
    Start in-fighting & taking from each other I guess.....................

    On a more humorous note.......

    I saw a SNAKE in Wapello yesterday, I figured eventually I would as I work there anywhere from 1-4 days a week, & have for over 20 months. Can't hide forever; YES?...............
  23. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 23, 2012 7:55 am
    Speaking of recovery............

    I see that some of the top economists are predicting gas at or even under $3 a gallon by October, how are the CONS going to spin that to make President Obama look bad? Just in time for the election!

    4 more years..............
  24. It's All About YOU
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    It's All About YOU - June 23, 2012 8:56 am
    As usual, It's All About YOU!
  25. Smoke
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    Smoke - June 23, 2012 4:05 pm
    Jim Hightower is nothing more than a liberal MSNBC hardball wannabe hack, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Hightower’s writings are what make the Nancy Pelosi crowd proud. Hey Jim, WALKER WON AGAIN! Get over it and you know what Jim, I can write this without any facts or supporting documentation, just like you do.

    When Chris Steinbach was in charge of this paper he would never allow such stories in print with this type of a bias theme (liberal or conservative) without going unchallenged. Chris is one of the last few fair and balanced journalists the news world has seen. Sad to say the true colors of this paper the last few months are coming through loud and clear. Looks like the brome on this hill needs a trim.

    This article and a few of the comments on here are pathetic and everyone knows you
    can’t spell pathetic without . . . .
  26. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 23, 2012 5:00 pm
    I think I understand now........

    It's not OK for a Union to bargain for their compensation package (when others have the right to reject it), while it's just fine that another group (legislators) can propose & vote themselves raises with no one outside the group having veto power.

    No, I don't understand, but it appears that some are just fine with this.................

  27. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 23, 2012 5:06 pm
    Yes, I too see a number of comments that have nothing whatsoever to do with the topic in any way, shape, or form, & add nothing to any type of conversation about anything & ask no questions but are accepted & even encouraged. But one better not post like that in reference to any conservatives, or their ideas & beliefs.................

  28. PatTracker
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    PatTracker - June 23, 2012 5:14 pm
    I say the same thing I've said for a lng time, Our founding Fathers didn't envision a system where money can buy elections, & those with the most money would automatically win elections & therefore rule. That would be an "eletist" system of government, or a "monarchy" by any other name.

    Take a long, hard, look at Mr Webster's definition of "democracy" & tell Me that what We have now resembles that in any way............
  29. Stefon
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    Stefon - June 23, 2012 5:56 pm
    OH PAT! YOU have such a way with words!
  30. RuPaul
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    RuPaul - June 24, 2012 12:05 pm
    Can't you just see Pat's stubby little fingers flying on that keyboard?
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