An important part of this story is how dishonest and unreal these Republicans have been with regards to the effects of their economic policies. Here is what Walker promised Wisconsin just four months ago, when he was facing a tough re-election battle:
"The next state budget will begin with a surplus of over a half billion dollars ...$535 million to be exact. That means we can invest in our priorities. Things like economic development, quality schools, our UW system, our technical colleges, helping needy families, children and seniors. Investing in our infrastructure, public safety and veteran services..." -- Gov. Scott Walker Oct. 17, 2014
Of course now Wisconsin finds itself facing massive deficits rather than a half billion dollar surplus. Instead of investing in the UW system, we're now being told we have to accept the largest cuts to the UW system in our state history.
It's remarkable that these Republican Governors are not held accountable or personally responsible for this "starve the beast" bait and switch operation. I suppose our media has gotten so cynical that they just now accept this has been standard Republican procedure since the Reagan administration so it no longer qualifies as 'news.'
Can one journalist out there get Walker on the record to explain how in just four months he went from promising surpluses and investment in education to now saying that slashing education is the only way we can deal with massive deficits?