According to the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker the state is broke. Now the focus is on the questionable prank phone call by blogger Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast. Murphy got Walker to believe he was speaking with conservative big dollar David Koch.
Scott Walker, the anti-union governor of Wisconsin leading the charge to eliminate collective bargaining, just got prank called by political blog. The Buffalo Beast posed as billionaire oil man David Koch, a major funder of the Tea Party and hard line conservative, and got Walker to say some revealing things about the current standoff in Wisconsin.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in and around the Wisconsin state capital on Monday morning for a second week of protests to oppose the newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposals. Which in addition to reductions in union bargaining power include financial concessions. A panel of host of The Big Picture Thom Hartmann, Brave New Foundation Political Director Derrick Crowe and host of The Tony Katz Radio Spectacular Tony Katz join RT’s Dina Gusovsky to discuss the protests.
Scott Walker held a press conference to clear up any misunderstandings about the pranked phone call. Murphy originally planned to pose as exiled Egypt President Hosni Mubarak but couldn’t perfect the voice.
The last time Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) went after public sector unions it had “disastrous results” for him and for taxpayers. As Milwaukee County Executive in 2009, Walker tried to get rid of the unionized security guards at the county courthouse and replace them with contractors, which he promised would save the county money.
The County Board rejected the idea, but in March of 2010 Walker “unilaterally ordered it,” claiming there was a budget emergency. Walker hired the British security contractor Wackenhut — of Kabul Embassy sex scandal fame — to replace the guards. Unfortunately for Walker and Milwaukee taxpayers, an arbiter later ruled that Walker had overstepped his authority, and ordered the county to reinstate the unionized workers, pay backwages, and pay tens of thousands of dollars in arbiter fees.
As protesters continue to occupy the state Capital in Wisconsin, many believe big corporations are behind the objection of a collective bargaining agreement with state employees. Labor Journalist Mike Elk says two thirds of corporations don’t pay any corporate income tax; this is an attack on workers being funded by the Koch brothers.