Class warfare tactics are no longer the sole realm of Democrats (as if they ever were…).
Scott Walker, poised to make $137,092 as Wisconsin’s next governor, is once again demonizing (spell check wants me to change that to “demoralizing,” how fitting…) public employees as “haves” while taxpayers are “have-nots.” Putting aside the fact that public employees obviously pay taxes, Walker’s rhetoric while attempting to strong-arm state employee contracts from long before he was even elected governor, is disgusting.
Even more disgusting is his statement “You are not going to hear me degrade state and local employees in the public sector,” immediately before degrading state and local employees. How stupid does Walker think we are? Actually, I’ll give him that one, as the state collectively elected him governor last month, despite his awful record as Milwaukee County Executive.
The Democrats attempted some degree of fiscal responsibility by arguing against extending the Bush tax cuts for the highest income bracket (income exceeding $250,000), and were rewarded by accusations of class warfare from the right. Meanwhile Scott Walker accuses public employees, nearly all of whom meet the definition of middle class, of being “haves.”
Sure, they “have” a job. It even pays a living wage. Shouldn’t everybody? The new union contracts aren’t even close to giveaways to state employees, especially when compared to the contracts of Milwaukee County workers under soon-to-be-former County Executive Walker.
Scott Walker has been a public employee since 1993, all the while berating the public employee. Instead of retribution he has been rewarded with promotions. Sad narrative on some Wisconsin voters.