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Hoffa begins: "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be among friends today when he testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Nearly half the Republican committee members receive funding from the notorious union-busters, Charles and David Koch. Three of the witnesses - including Walker - are supported by the Kochs."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the State Capital in Madison. (photo: Reuters)
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the State Capital in Madison. (photo: Reuters)

Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers

By James P. Hoffa, Reader Supported News

17 April

RSN Special Coverage: GOP's War on American Labor


isconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be among friends today when he testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Nearly half the Republican committee members receive funding from the notorious union-busters, Charles and David Koch. Three of the witnesses - including Walker - are supported by the Kochs.

Walker will present the fiction that he solved a budget problem by stripping government workers of their collective bargaining rights.

We've all heard Walker's fantasies before. They're an attempt to disguise the ugly reality that he's doing the bidding of the billionaires and CEOs who fund his political ambitions. They want two things: more for themselves and less for workers.

The truth is that Scott Walker doesn't have a clue how to create jobs, and he has no intention of doing it.

His fellow Koch-ticians are all in on the game. They won't ask Walker why Wisconsin was projected to have a budget surplus when he took office. It was only after Walker rammed through corporate tax breaks that the budget was projected to be in deficit.

The Koch-funded committee members sure won't ask him about killing 20,000 government jobs through his budget cuts - or the 9,900 private sector jobs that will also be lost because of reduced economic activity in Wisconsin.

And they won't say a word about the high-speed rail project that Walker pulled the plug on, along with 15,000 jobs that go along with it.

Walker's attacks on workers put $47 million of federal transit funding at risk in Wisconsin because bus systems must maintain the collective bargaining rights in place when they first received federal funds.

He gave back $23 million to the federal government, money that was to expand high-speed Internet in Wisconsin. It would have been used in libraries and schools and to improve police, fire and hospital communications in rural areas.

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+96 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-04-17 22:59
"His fellow Koch-ticians are all in on the game."

Doesn't he mean Kochroaches?
+31 # Homer Peters 2011-04-18 06:58
"Doesn't he mean Kochroaches?"

Thanks, Progressive, for a name that will stick to those two filthy roaches, kockroaches, indeed!
+28 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:24
+24 # Coffee Party Bob 2011-04-18 07:47
Either Kochroaches or Kochsuckers.
+29 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:48
Cockroaches are merely a nuisance-these are a disease like Cholera, Leprosy, etc.
+81 # Bill Clements 2011-04-17 23:05
We can only hope more will be written about this story, not less. The whole country needs to know what the likes of Scott Walker are doing to "fix" the budget. We're seeing Naomi Klein's shock doctrine being implemented by the GOP.
+88 # maddave 2011-04-17 23:11
Mr. Hoffa gives is just one more example of the many reasons why we must abolish ALL private & corporate funding for election campaigns. If all campaigns were financed by the federal, state or local governments, perhaps our legislators would understand whose interests they were elected to defend.
+89 # Margo 2011-04-17 23:33
From Canada I wish to say "You have got to be kidding!" Is this guy for freaking real and are you all freaking going to go along with this person and his cronies?Yah I know the Koch Bros. and their ilk want the whole pie but I really think it's time to do more than slap their wrists, it's time for serious slaps upside their heads.
+24 # Hillarion 2011-04-18 01:01
It's social sabotage -- anaphylactic politics -- as well as professional-gr ade hypocrisy.
+27 # FfoC 2011-04-18 05:23
Margo, I assure you that we are not all "going along with this person and his cronies," and I agree that the Koch brothers need to be stopped, but I am curious how you propose we do that? When most of the voters in this country are what I have come to call rhetoric zombies, well, it's going to be difficult to save this situation.
+15 # Capn Canard 2011-04-18 10:14
Quick answer for you FfoC: under our current system it won't be done, he11 it can't be done! The banksters have created this fustercluck and the debt of nations, states, counties, cities and individuals capitulates all that collective power to the powerful Banksters, i.e. the Wealthy. Like "W Bush" comes into office with a surplus and within 3-4 years we are in a serious cluster. Likewise, Scott Walker becomes Governor and he throws napalm onto a small grass fire! This is their STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE!!! If they can get someone, or even a whole society, into debt, then they(the WEALTHY) have a de facto slave class without having to provide anything for the slave class! This allows the BIGGEST Banksters to print money with impunity, well they really wouldn't need to print any money, they'd just make their wealth more powerful. Like SUPER-TURBO-CHA RGING their POWER! This ain't rocket science. The Middle Class has been destroyed. R.I.P.
+6 # Devin MacGregor 2011-04-18 11:52
They do not need to print money just raise the value of things and walla we have more money. They only need to print money if some one is going to withdraw it from the bank but as long as it remains in the bank it can keep growing and growing and growing. Banks overall do not keep a 1 to 1 ratio of hard currency to value of things. A much smaller percentage of hard currency is ever in circulation with far more money out there that we used to call "on paper" worth.

We are largely a paperless society and even with a gold standard value of things would still go up and the system would only crash when people lose confidence, ie stop buying things, stop pushing paperless money around, ie loans, and/or make real withdrawals of currency.

May People though seem to forget W Bush came to office with a surplus as well as in latter 2001 we went into a recession followed by a 24+ month jobless recovery.
+9 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:30
rIGHT ON! Your great country looks more inviting each time I visit there. Ours has become a great disgrace because of these corporate thieves and their shameless lackeys in government. More disgraceful is the public cowardice and apathy that has allowed these fascists to take control. I hope it does not get so bad that you folks close off your borders to us.
0 # George V. Williams 2011-04-28 10:03
Lovely! Right on point! Thanks.
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2011-04-17 23:59
The Oath should strike him into reality to speak the truth however, his type do not know the truth.
I wonder who are those to counter with proof, stats, People should be aware that this is a dig and pony show nothing more. No concern about any budget, jobs, or medicare, education
This is to get the next endowment from those with large pockets. If teh Judiciary Committee doesnot see this than Recall and no votes for Judges in next election.
Time we start State Boycotts on products..Wisco nsin, Iowa, Utah Arizona and more. Let them live within their states with no government help, let them see boycotts and explain the facts to People who will have no business. No more potatoes, cheese, Keep you procducts we don't need them
+14 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:35
You have the right idea. BOYCOTT! That has worked before. We need to get a list posted of everything made by predator companies, not just the ones owned by the Krotch Bros. This may be the only way to impel voters in the states they control to rise up and oust them from power. Add Michigan and Ohio to the list controlled by corporate fascists.
+2 # soularddave 2011-04-18 18:13
Quoting in deo veritas:
You have the right idea. BOYCOTT! That has worked before. We need to get a list posted of everything made by predator companies, not just the ones owned by the Krotch Bros.

Good idea, and here's an article: The Big Three secret funders of the $75 million campaign to trash Democratic candidates
And here's exactly what you asked for:
Here's who is buying America's democracy - This article names products. There ARE alternatives!
+20 # Dave W. 2011-04-18 00:01
Until and if this information is widely disseminated many Americans will simply believe in the fabrication that "unions are busting America." I live in Stockton,Califo rnia...populati on around 320,000. We have one newspaper and it is owned by The Wall St. Journal which in turn is owned by Rupert Murdoch. I have yet to see ONE article concerning the Koch brothers in this publication. The levers of mass media are almost exclusively in the hands of those who will suppress any negative material concerning "their" interests. Instead, in a county where the average family income is less than 50,000 a year and which continues to vote Republican, many of the residents will either tune in to Fox or tune out entirely. Our "Democratic" representatives , to the best of my knowledge, remain mum on the subject of the Koch's. Ignorance will only be bliss for so long. Trying to wash down the tripe with a "Koch" will eventually reach the masses. We may be Feudal/Third World by then.
+11 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:36
If they think we will go quietly into the night they have another think coming
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-04-19 13:36
You are not seeing or hearing Koch name in any news nor are we updated on Nuclear problems? But charlie sheen!!!
+17 # hms 2011-04-18 00:29
Maybe it's really time to start getting really mad?
+13 # Raging Liberal 2011-04-18 01:05
Progressive, I think he meant Koch-suckers!! Bill, there has been TONS written about this! Sadly, the national media ignores it, because Murdoch pays them to follow the party line! And Margo, it's hard to slap someone when they own the government, the court system. The only ways left are highly illegal, and result in capitol punishment. All thats left is a complete Revolution, and Americans are too fat and sleepy for that, apparently!!
+11 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:41
Appearantly.... ......we'll see. As far as what is left being highly illegal-if you mean "treason" -that's already been committed by the "elected" officials starting with Bush and Cheney and all others who have violated the Constitution, broken every law in the book to take control of the economy, etc. There are the traitors unless we come out and admit that we are a fascist system, no better than those run by Mussolini and Hitler.
+26 # giraffee2012 2011-04-18 01:20
This is UNCONSTUTIONAL. I assume Anthony Weiner or SOMEBODY will raise the question of the legality of the "conflict" of interests. And then it should go before the Supremes who also slept with the Kock Brothers before they ruled corporations can buy our elections.

They don't try murderers in their home towns bc of "this/that" and so --

THERE OUTTA be a law to cover this mess.

DAMN the Stupremes for opening the door to this corruption. Scalia/Thomas-- - RESIGN. SHAME ON YOU.
+11 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:43
These members of the Supremely Corrupt Court have no shame, no conscience, or anything else to recommend them to the Almighty when they leave this world and in turn are judged.
+17 # laurnj 2011-04-18 04:50
They're grandstanding. They're saying "Yeah--this is what we're doing, we don't give a rat's ass about your problem with it & you can't do anything about it." The GOP has demonstrated that they can and will obstruct when in the minority, so the Democrats need to stand up to the GOP majority in the House and there should be absolutely NO COMPROMISE attempted!
+9 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:44
Sounds just like what those bastards in London were telling us in 1776. They found out otherwise and so will these lower life forms. GOP=Greedy Old Pricks
+8 # in deo veritas 2011-04-18 07:46
In WWII we had the appropriate buzzword for Walker and his degenerate puppets-"QUISLI NG". Guess what their people did with them once their bosses (the Nazis) were defeated!
+10 # yovinnie 2011-04-18 09:00
Thanks "not-so-supreme court". You're the ones that let these dogs off the leash when you gave corporate henchmen the nod.
WTH, are you guys for sale too?
+5 # Buckles 2011-04-18 09:32
Whoa,this artical has me confused,Walker was before his cronies last week, and we know how that went with Dennis Kucinich.
I'm all for grilling this yahoo again, please be more explicit as to what house.
+3 # geri 2011-04-18 10:42
+7 # hollyh 2011-04-18 12:02
are they testifying under oath? If so, we got 'em for perjury and therefor they can be impeached
+2 # VSweet 2011-04-18 19:14
Scott Walker is used by the Koch Brothers like an old dish rag. When they are done using him as their toy boy against anti-labor and the poor people, he'll be tossed like the garbage he is.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-04-19 14:53
Unfortunately they do not care, people like him are about today not future. The damage will be done, all though it could be undone, I believe it loses something of value
I wish we could all find conflicts of interests, money links directly to them or their families/founda tions. Then we can use the good old American Constitution the Right way and if the Justices do not uphold the Laws they can go. Technical difficulties or some such matter. We need a clean sweep, we need it now
+3 # fredboy 2011-04-19 09:27
Big news: Politicians are for sale.

Bet you didn't know that...
+4 # Michael S. Cullen 2011-04-20 11:34
How to outfox FOX (can't say I'm urging and example, but, I don't buy any products or services advertised on Fox. Sooner or later, Roger Ailes will notice that I'm not alone.

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