Thursday, January 14, 2016
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker makes it extra-super-duper illegal to defraud the state (but won't investigate the crony who spurred the change.)
The Wisconsin legislature, up until now primarily devoted to passing bills designed entirely to protect big-government donors, like this one rewarding an auto dealer for donating $10,000 to a legislator, or this one which was designed to help a wealthy donor avoid paying child support, has decided to make a token stab at play-acting that Wisconsin's progressive traditions still exist, by acting on a bill that would make it even more illegal than it already is to commit fraud against the government.
Failed presidential "candidate" Scott Walker, who only avoided prosecution on corruption charges because a court packed with "judges" elected by the same big-business donors who backed Walker killed the investigation, expressed support for the bill:
Whoever gives fraudulent information to the state should be prosecuted, Walker said, forgetting that a major donor to his campaign was the impetus for the bill; the donor received a $500,000 "loan" that he never repaid after lying on his application and meeting with Walker aides -- one of whom pressured the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission (WEDC) to make the loan.
The WEDC, some people might recall, was created by Walker to replace the former Department of Commerce, and was staffed by people Walker appointed to it. Walker was likely distracted from supervising the Commission by his efforts to get people to donate money to his criminal defense fund.