The ”Jobs Sessions” Were About Anything But Jobs
By Kristian Anker-Møller
In late September, Governor Scott Walker called a third special legislative sessions that was supposed to focus on job creation. Rather than focusing on legislation that would help kick-start job creation, the Republican-controlled Legislature used the sessions to push a radical right-wing agenda that threatens Wisconsinites young and old while still remembering to cater for Big Money special interests.
The Republicans made cuts to BadgerCare so that tens of thousands of kids will enter the holiday season without coverage. They also pushed a "reform" of sex education so teachers are required to teach abstinence as the only way to avoid pregnancy. Meanwhile, there is no requirement for teachers to inform students about contraceptives.
When you add to that a proposal that aims to outlaw abortion, even in the case of rape or incest, Wisconsin is moving fast in the direction from progressive to backward.
Of course, The Republicans also shifted the balance of power further away from ordinary citizens toward big corporations, for instance through a sneaky law that alters fee-shifting statutes in court cases. What this does is to make it much more costly for ordinary citizens to go to court, which makes it easier for big corporations to get off the hook. It seems like Republicans think that "special sessions" equals "special interest sessions."
It is not like a focus on job creation would not have been welcome. Since Scott Walker signed his infamous budget into law this June, Wisconsin has lost 27,000 jobs. Every month has seen new losses, and in October Wisconsin led the nation in job losses.
But it is now painfully clear that Scott Walker's special sessions did absolutely nothing to get Wisconsin's economy moving again. The people of Wisconsin continue to bear the brunt of Scott Walker and his Republican cronies' radical right-wing regime.
We must recall Scott Walker as soon as possible. Please download a petition to recall Scott Walker now.