“taxpayers should know: Walker has cost them millions of dollars”

Reince PriebusThe 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 unsaidToo 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………………….

 


Who’s editing this mess?

Ever wonder how news editors decide what stories to put on the “front page”? We do.

Now we have never worked as a news editor. But we have always figured that, among their most important duties, editors are supposed to evaluate the various potential stories and put the most important ones up front.

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But if that’s so, where were the editors of the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday? Their front page story highlights a downtown “bath house” that’s going to be prosecuted for giving more than “baths”. Sexy! But actually not very important. Meanwhile, not on the front page — inside the paper instead — is a very important story.

Turns out Governor Walker’s decision to refuse Medicaid expansion was really, really dumb… wasteful for Wisconsin taxpayers, higher costs and insuring fewer than simply saying yes to the “Obamacare” fully-paid-for Medicaid expansion. The Legislative Audit Bureau says we’re currently losing out on $206 million federal dollars, and we will lose half a billion.

That is a big, big, Big Story!  Why is it not on the front page? Why is it anywhere else?

Is it because the editors are reluctant to print hugely damaging front-page stories about the governor they endorsed? Because, make no mistake about it, this IS a hugely damaging story for the governor if people come to understand it.

a hugely damaging story for the governor

Why did Scott Walker turn down 100% funding from the feds to expand Medicare? It was, of course, purely political, serving a constituency of one — namely Scott Walker himself. Scott Walker thinks he’s Republican Presidential timber. And in order to get the Republican nomination, he’s got to demonstrate inchoate opposition to “Obamacare” in order win support among — oh, what should we call them? oh, let’s just say it — the insane wing of the Republican Party.  This angry neoconfederate wing happens to be pretty influential right now. So Scott Walker decided to royally screw Wisconsin taxpayers, to once again harm Wisconsin’s economy, and probably indirectly hasten a few deaths because hating Obamacare (even though it was originally Romneycare) would be helpful to him in his quest for the nomination.

Not helpful to Wisconsin in any way. Just helpful to him. It says a lot about Scott Walker.

It’s a true story that people can understand. If they hear about it.