Five years ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, his signature accomplishment that has since made it possible for 16 million previously uninsured Americans to access affordable healthcare coverage.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau yesterday released an analysis of Scott Walker’s budget that shows it raises taxes and fees by $48 million and raids segregated funds by more than $300 million, part of another round of broken campaign promises for the governor and presidential candidate who has been rated America’s most factually-challenged politician.
Scott Walker’s budget address tonight is expected to include his recent proposal to cut roughly $300 million from the UW System. This unprecedented cut would sharply affect all 26 UW campuses across the state and the 180,000 students who attend them. Unsurprisingly, the Governor’s proposed budget cuts are drawing intense criticism. What is surprising is that the criticism is coming from all over the ideological spectrum.
After his gubernatorial reelection, Scott Walker dismissed questions about his potential GOP presidential run and stated that he needed to focus on the state budget. It appears he has spent more time thinking about the 2016 election than he cares to admit. Gov. Walker this week announced the formation of a committee called “Our American Revival,” a 527 committee able to collect unlimited contributions from individuals and businesses. He is the third GOP potential candidate to form a committee before the 2016 presidential election.
Walker, who can barely focus on what’s going on in Wisconsin these days because he is so overwhelmed with presidential ambition, secured an invitation to spend the weekend in Las Vegas with billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Scott Walker has been busy lately. Following the release of his book, he spent the last week promoting his twisted version of reality, delightfully reveling in every morsel of the media spotlight he could muster. All this, of course, was the precursor to Walker’s campaign for President. But while Scott Walker was occupied promoting himself across the country, Wisconsin was dealt yet another in a series of disappointments- the most recent data shows private sector job creation slowing by more than third - a three year low.
According to the federal government, where a person lives has a huge impact on the cost of health insurance. If this is true, why are Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states that are very similar geographically and demographically, paying substantially different amounts for health coverage?
A conservative blogger at the Washington Post is out with a Top Ten list of things Scott Walker needs to do to win in 2016, and from the looks of things, Walker is already well on his way to checking items off the list.
Since it’s clear they’ll never win on the issues or appeal to a majority of voters, there’s nothing Scott Walker and his Republican Party won’t do to try and rig elections in their favor.