Friday, December 07, 2018

Wisconsin politics, yet again

The Wisconsin legislature and outgoing governor Scott Walker are busy at the moment and his successor doesn't like it one bit:
The new legislation tries to protect some of the GOP's achievements in recent years, including a work requirement for some people receiving state health care and the state's role in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The bill could also make it harder for Gov.-elect Tony Evers to renegotiate a $3 billion subsidy for a Foxconn electronics manufacturing facility, a deal spearheaded by Walker.

"Wisconsin has never seen anything like this," Evers said in a statement. "Power-hungry politicians rushed through sweeping changes to our laws to expand their own power and override the will of the people of Wisconsin who asked for change on November 6th."
 In other words, the moment the election results were posted, Evers should immediately have power. That's not how it works. Evers knows that, of course.

Evers also knows he's going to be governor because he ran up incredibly lopsided vote totals in Milwaukee and Madison, while in other parts of the state he and his party have significantly less popular support. There's a reason why the Republicans will still control the legislature in 2019 and, contrary to the bleatings of the left, it's not because of gerrymandering. You can't simply import the votes of Milwaukeeans and apply them to a Fond du Lac district.

We don't have a pure democracy and it's a good thing. Walker did not demand that his predecessor, Jim Doyle, immediately cease and desist when he was elected in 2010. Walker had to wait until he was actually in the office before he set out to change things. We all remember how that went. I don't know how it's going to go for Evers once he's in office, although I suspect he's going to be a very weak governor regardless of what Walker and the current legislature do. Voters in Wisconsin might have been tired of Walker, but there's little evidence the voters want public employee union hegemony to return, either, to say nothing of untrammeled bureaucracy. And when Evers attempts to raise taxes next year, he'll find that out.

7 comments:

R.A. Crankbait said...

Ah, Wisconsin. Remember when the Democrat legislators fled the state during session to prevent a quorum to vote on the Walker-led changes? Remember the state's Chief Justice suing the State to prevent her ouster (by vote of the other Justices) as CJ? Remember drummers and chanters filling the rotunda proclaiming "this is what democracy looks like"? Truly, great days in Democracy!

Gino said...

WI will be turning blue within 2 cycles. uncontrolled migration will do that... and Dems know how to fight this war, while the GOP just wants an 'honest' debate.

'Queensbury' rules are how losers placate themselves.
See: George H.W. Bush.
they only love you when you're dead.

Bike Bubba said...

Immigration might achieve that, but you know, I remember that as a young pup, my political views changed as the city of Boulder persuaded me what an excrement-storm unfettered liberalism is. Persuasion sometimes works, ya know.

Brad Carlson said...

See: George H.W. Bush.
they only love you when you're dead.


Yeah, but he's the ultimate winner now that he has his great reward. Well done, good and faithful servant.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

It seems like there isn't a movement in just one direction. Different groups are moving in opposing directions. Maybe the Left will win in places like Wisconsin, but I don't think it's a given.

Gino said...

Yeah, but he's the ultimate winner now that he has his great reward. Well done, good and faithful servant.

thats what The Swamp thinks. If you're a working man, he screwed you with open borders, lowered wages, higher taxes etc.

Mr. D said...

It seems like there isn't a movement in just one direction. Different groups are moving in opposing directions. Maybe the Left will win in places like Wisconsin, but I don't think it's a given.

The Left haes a model that works in places like the coasts. They are trying to replicate it in places like Texas, Georgia, Florida, etc. The Left didn't succeed this time, but they were a hell of a lot closer to success in this cycle than I like. It's worth noting: the Left controls the House of Representatives because they own California lock, stock, and barrel. Tony Evers will be governor of Wisconsin next month because the Left controls Milwaukee and has a vote manufacturing machine there. They are totalitarians. It took heroic efforts to stop Andrew Gillum in Florida, who was the most frightening politician in this cycle, because he was both charismatic and a straight-up operational Maoist. The hour is short.