If we didn’t already know that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the puppet of the Koch Brothers — we know now after this week’s declaration. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries who are single handedly trying to destroy American democracy, has declared Walker is their man for president.
According to a New York Times report this week, David Koch told a crowd of supporters that Walker should be the conservative nominee for president. The IAFF has a saying, “We support those who support us.” We know that Walker is no friend to public employees and the labor movement and would do everything in our power to stop him from getting to the White House. Walker is the Koch Brothers’ marionette. He enacted many of laws of that the Koch Brothers support through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), including stripping public employees of their right to bargain collectively and signing Right to Work legislation.
Walker has been awful for Wisconsin. If he were ever to be elected as president he could destroy the country financially. Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 new jobs in the state during his first term (a goal he did not meet). Wisconsin ranked 37th among states for private sector growth, and since Walker has been in office the state has lagged behind other mid-western states in job growth. Walker is a divisive and deceitful leader. He has used strong armed tactics to extort concessions from fire fighters.
During his first term as governor, he pitted average Wisconsin citizens against government. In the ultimate power grab, Walker proclaimed Wisconsin broke, and called his first budget a “budget repair bill” and used it to strip workers of their right to bargain collectively and make severe cuts to public services. While at the same time, Walker cozied up to his wealthy donors to keep his policies going.
As for the Koch Brothers they are prepared to spend a reported $889 million in the 2016 presidential election backing candidates that will carry out what’s best for their business and financial interests.
Don’t let the likes of the Koch Brothers hijack our democracy and buy the White House with their megabucks.
Don’t let the hand full of billionaires set a political agenda that won’t work for workers.