The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a fine editorial describing Scott Walker’s “good-for-himself but bad-for-Wisconsin” decision-making:
…taxpayers should know: Walker has cost them millions of dollars by refusing to fully expand the state’s primary health care program for the poor under the Affordable Care Act.
Wisconsin would have saved $206 million over two years…
Exactly so. And continuing they say
It was another example of this governor’s penchant for sacrificing good policy on the altar of expedient politics.
Well, OK. “…the altar of expedient politics” is one way to put it. It’s a quick reference, but only for those who already know full well what’s going on in Walker’s self-interested calculus. The Journal Sentinel might better have said “on the alter of Walker’s own Presidential ambitions,” and even that’s not enough. Tell us. WHY exactly is he wasting millions of Wisconsin taxpayers’ dollars?
“Some” — OK, it was us — have called turning down millions of federal dollars — in a Wisconsin that badly needs more dollars circulating — a bow to “the insane wing” of the Republican Party by a governor who spends an awful lot of time imagining himself as the most powerful man in the world. The Journal Sentinel’s style guide doubtless doesn’t permit such language, no matter how true it might be. But the editors could’ve done better than “sacrificing good policy on the altar of expedient politics”. Too much left unsaid. Too bloodless.
But rarely is anything entirely perfect.
Here’s the point. This was a fine editorial emanating from Milwaukee news headquarters.
Will the Wisconsin State Journal ever do the same for Madison? We have a precious gold star waiting to be awarded………………….